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post #151 of 163 Old 02-08-2016, 08:13 AM - Thread Starter
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Looks great! I love the bar and lounge room portion, as well as the theater. Can you snap a few pictures of the DVD rack? I'm going to build one and put in my equipment closet as well after Christmas.
Here are a few. I don't have any from the construction of it, but it's just 3/4" MDF cut in strips for the shelves and sides. I angled the upper left to fit under the stair... but it didn't come out exact. One coat of primer then paint. Could use another coat.
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Keep up the good work! You've put alot into this project and that bar is freaking awesome! Great space to entertain and then kick back and watch a flick!
Thanks. The bar is certainly the focal point of the whole basement. Seeing how popular it is for people to gather at I wish I would have made it another 2 ft longer... but at the time thought, "seating for 6 will be plenty"... ha. Little did I know.
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Great looking basement - love the bar and of coarse the theater.. enjoy the fruits of your labor!!

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Your theater and basement build are top-notch! You have given me many ideas and much to think about.
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Well, here we are... just over a year since completion of my Rivendell Theater.
I thought I would come back to the forum to write up a summary of the last year. Take a look back at the finished product, give my thouhgts on some of the specific issues of the project and equipement used, and summarize the use and enjoyment I've gotten out of the whole basement.

Here is a quick look at the project itself:

- very early on when I was framing the rest of the basement. HT was last to be framed as I spent much more time planning it out than the other spaces. And I needed the clear area for construction and storage.
- HT front wall, framed and orange smurf tubing run for front speakers.
- insulation in.
- drywall being done. Walls are drywall over OSB, and ceiling is two layers of drywall.
- the stage. Makes my back hurt to look at that pic again.
- the riser.
- rear wall and rack.
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Breaking it down a bit:

Overall construction:
- the ever-present double drywall with green glue: really makes a huge (yuge?) difference. Although I did 1/2" OSB under 1/2" drywall with green glue. The OSB was to have a more substantial substrate for securing the columns, wainscoting, and projector. The wall shared between the HT and the sitting area/bar is a 6" wall with offset 2x4 studs. All walls are decoupled form the ceiling and the ceiling drywall on hat-channel. The door is a solid core with fabric/sound proofing and wainscoting on the inside. The room isn't sound proof (the equipment rack is a huge sound leak) but it is still amazing to me how muffled high volumes and bass are when outside the room with the door closed. All of the extra planning, materials, and construction were very much worth it. If you have a blank slate I would recommend doing this tried and true technique.

Starting at the front, construction-wise:
- the stage is a beast. Almost 2000# of sand, double 3/4" plywood screwed and glued and roofing felt in between make for an amazingly good energy absorber and boomy/echo preventer. Worth the labor.
- the studio type soft insulators on the front and side walls... probably overkill, but a nice look and always get a bit of an 'ooh-aah' from guests.
- basic screen wall, works like a charm. Simple to build and does exactly what I need it to: support the screen, stay out of the way of the speakers/sound, and support the GoM fabric.

Sides:
- columns are a nice aesthetic touch and of course house the 4 surround speakers. Work as advertised. I can see why this type of design is so popular on the website.
- GoM fabric on the upper walls, overlaying a 1/2" sound proofing mat... functional and has a wonderful Theater aesthetic which always draws comments from guests.
- lighting is 50W LED and they dim like a dying lightening bug who smoked one too many and flicker like a ****ty strobe light at times when dimmed down. Sometimes one or two will flare on and then just turn off. Crap, but I'm not sure what else to use. The Lutron Grafik Eye is wonderful. Just was a bit intimidating to wire, but fairly easy in the end.

Rear:
- more columns with surround speakers, fabric, and the equipment rack in the corner. Well come back to that.
- Spock and Darth Vader..... dude, ALWAYS get a great 'Oh!' from guests and wonderful at Halloween.

Screen:
- Falcon Screen, 2.35:1, 120" base, around 130" diagonal, acoustically transparent. Perfection. I would whole-heartedly recommend Falcon Screens to anyone looking for a permanently mounted screen. Easy to set up, seems durable.

Speakers:
- the Polk speakers have done really well. I can't drive them to their limit with the AVR I have and so even cranked up they sound amazing. RTiA7 floor-standing for L and R, CSiA6 for C, 265-RT for the in-wall surround x4, and two of the DSW PRO 550 wi 10" subwoofers. For the price point, I think they sound great. TV, movies, music... all sound crystal clear and distortion free even when pushed.

Rack:
- Oppo blu-ray is great. No complaints.
- Denon AVR works well but is a bit under-powered for the system.
- Emotiva 5 channel amp.... well, not understanding the ins and outs of amps.... I ordered an AVR with an amp in it AND the Emotiva.... so. I'm planning on upgrading to a Marantz pre-amp and using the Emotiva then. Anyone want a Denon AVR?
- Comcast: sucks.

Seating:
- very happy with the theaterseatstore.com customer service, shipping, and set up of the Palliser chairs. Very comfy good electric recline, and positive reviews from guests.
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Finished project as it stands now.

- from bar into sitting area. Decided against a billiards table and am very happy to NOT have one. Great place to sit and read, have a drink, entertain, has a nice 'gentleman's club' feel of a cigar room.
- from sitting area into bar. I love love love the bar. It is a huge source of pride for me from the whole project. Also see the columns of red oak that cover metal support columns, and the WWII area rifles that I inherited from my dad that decorate them. Also a view of the door (open) into the full bathroom, and the door (closed) into the mechanical space.
- backside of bar.
- side of bar.
- a few months after completion I built these two shelves to hold glassware. Fridge is invaluable. I don't miss not having a kegerator, but at times I wish I had an ice machine, even a small one.
- hobby room. Not much progress in there.
- screen by Falcon Screens, 120" base 2.35:1
- view from the stage back
- the dudes.
- equipment rack and small TV over it.
- Back bar, seating for four, and finished with a copper veneer and a clear epoxy over it. Great 'third row' of seating.
- GoM fabric over wainscoting. Love the colors and textures. Tried to hide the door as much as possible.
- Rear of rack. I need more cooling as the small fans I have don't move enough air. They are quiet and the thermostat turns them on and off automatically, but they are underpowered for the AVR and when I get the amp running, I'll need even more.
- old movie, but the blu ray is pretty good. And of course it is much better in person.
- same.
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About 3 weeks after it was done (12/15) I had my whole family out for Christmas and had the opportunity to put it all through it's paces.
As for the rest of the time, I have already gotten more enjoyment out of the space, both in my own use and sharing it with others, than all of the blood, sweat, and tears it took to construct it all.
In the last year, 5 movie nights for friends and coworkers, 5 Formula One race parties, a kick-ass Halloween party, 3 Christmas parties.

- co-workers breaking in the bar 12/15.
- me on the right.
- F1 race (go Kimi!).
- friends Aventador for an F1 race (not the basement, but come on...).
- more cars over for one of the F1 races.
- Halloween party, after screening A Nightmare On Elm Street, I put the first row of seats up on the riser, hung up the disco ball, turned on the lasers and fog machine, and turned the HT into the Discotheque. Trying to put up a video of same.
- May the 4th Movie Night!
- Mad Max: Fury Road movie night.
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Wait, what?

How did I miss this in your thread, or was it just mentioned at some point?
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Wait, what?

How did I miss this in your thread, or was it just mentioned at some point?
I think I included a pic or two of the garage itself. Finishing the garage (epoxy floor, side life door openers, pain, decorations, work bench and cabinets) was the first project of the new home. I don't think I've posted any car pics on here.

The double door is for the fun cars... SUV outside. The single door is for the working area. Got a ton of mileage out of it during all of the basement work for sure.

I spend a bit of time with 'the guys' around Baltimore in the Cars & Coffee circle.

I also host breakfast twice a year prior to charity car shows in Hershey and Harrisburg, PA. Folks come for breakfast on the house, give a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association, and then we all drive up to the car show. Last one in August I had about 150 people total. Raised about $4000 for my charity.

I have a thread on the GarageJournal.com forums about that work.

Pics:
- April '15
- August '15
- inside set up the night before. Hot and cold food, drink, etc.
- the Gang.
- August '16
- current line up.
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That is a great cause for getting people together.

I was just in Harrisburg 2 weeks ago for work. It was a lot like the middle of Iowa... Cold, rainy (normally snowy this time of year). I also get to Baltimore twice a year which is only marginally better in winter. You never think of that many exotic cars being in close enough proximity for get togethers when the weather isn't nice for a chunk of the year.

So cool that you help to put all of that together for the American Brain Tumor Association.
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