I'm wondering if someone can help me here. I'm in the midst of planning a new theater in the house that I just purchased. I'm at the planning stage right now. I had a projector previously and really want to get back to that in my new house. I have a few questions that I'm hoping people can offer some help/suggestions on. A few things regarding the space:
It's in the basement and the basement area is L shaped. The dimensions are approximately 11.5' wide by 13.5', and the length could be extended up to an additional 12' if needed. The ceiling height is unfortunately a little low at about 83" to the bottom of the joists, and the previous owner put in the beginnings of a drop ceiling which would drop the ceiling by approximately 3-4 inches.
My goal here is to have a front projection system and at least a 100" screen, preferably 109" if possible. I know that would mean that the screen would be closer to the ground but I've posted here before and a number of people indicated that this shouldn't be a problem.
My initial questions right now are:
1. The room has (fake) wood panelling on the walls. I've attached a picture that hopefully gives an idea. There is insulation between this and the studs. For the new theater, would you remove the panelling and start fresh with drywall and acoustic treatments, or do something directly on top of the wood panelling?
2. There are three windows along the long side of the room. They are not large at all. I've attached a picture to help with this as well. I don't see any need for these windows, and they would need replacing anyway due to decay. Is it difficult/costly to cover up windows rather than just replacing them?
3. As you may have noticed, I have just started this process and have lots of questions. How would i go about obtaining a designer or someone to assist with making decisions for this? For a design, do you have any approximation on what that would cost? I'm assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) that I would be better going with a home theater store rather than a basement remodeller. I'm in the greater detroit area.
Thank you for any suggestions/help.