I guess I'll throw up an update since it's been a while. Things are slowing moving along. The HVAC ducts were rerouted.
Because of width constraints and a 6-8" foundation footing that sticks out around the whole exterior wall, I opted to have it installed with the long side against the wall. This means no soffit on that side of the wall. I'll lose a little bit of symmetry, which I don't necessarily like, but it saves me a little space.
I also had a plumber come in to clear up the back wall of the mess of pipes and move some shutoff valves out of the room. With all the money that's going into this basement, I want to make it very easy for someone to shut off water in the house as easily as possible. I even had them install a "home run" shutoff valve on the main line coming in.
The cost of the HVAC and plumbing work was about half the cost of what I'm paying my contractor to do the whole basement. Absolutely unbelievable.
While we were waiting for some of this work to get done, my contractor started putting up lights. We went with the Commercial Electric T45 LEDs from Home Depot with Lutron Caseta dimmers.
I also decided on a new spot for my rack. My wife didn't like having a closet put in for this so I'm going back to my contractor's original recommendation -- under the stairs.
This means a really long run for all my wires. I also miscalculated how long of an HDMI cable I needed so I have to return to Monoprice. I also had to buy an extra 200 ft of speaker wire. At least this location will give me easy access on both the front and the back of my components.
I just put up my "Smurf cable" - although this came colored orange. I ordered from Elve Supply and it was great. I ordered it Dec. 23rd and it showed up on the 24th. Price was great too. I put in 2" tubes just in case. I'll probably only make a run to the projector and the LCR behind the screen.
My contractor is off during the holidays so I'll be down there running some cables and wires. When he gets back in we'll finish framing the walls. We need to figure out how to work that back corner near the electric panel. If we run the wall straight back it comes in front of the panel so we have to get creative.