Originally Posted by 24Changer
Either would I, but I know that this project would not have cost me as much as it did if I leaned on some else planning experience rather than trying to copy someone else's experience. I wasn't suggesting to hire out the whole job but rather just the planning and doing the rest yourself. But that's fine, Chevy/Ford, 220/221, apples and oranges, it is no different than talking to Nyal, Jeff and Dennis they all are not going to agree 100% on what a room needs or how it should be treated.
I enjoyed this project immensely and would do it again but like I said, I would have had someone chart my course and I can take it from there
The cost aspect is a very interesting and important part of all this. I tend to look at DIY as a way of saving a lot of money, but there's definitely a flip side to that. If you end up having to rip up and redo a lot of work, due to not doing it right the first time, then the upfront cost of getting a professional design (and then building it right the first time) can amount to a huge cost saving.
Hmm... maybe a way to create generic advice on the topic would be:
1. Are you willing to devote staggering amounts of time (FAR more than you likely think) to research how to build theaters?
2. Are you willing to live with some of the inevitable mistakes you make?
If the answer to either of those questions is "no", then get a professional plan. You're paying for the massive amounts of time that they've invested (so you don't have to) and you won't make those mistakes in the first place.
But if you answer "yes" to both
of those questions, then getting a pro plan is likely overkill and you'll save quite a bit of money (not time) by forgoing that step.
This is getting a bit off topic, though
I'll have to say that I love your theater. It has a very unique and classy look, that really stands out from the crowd!