...but before I can stop dreaming, I'd like some advice from peeps on this forum, as there is a wealth of knowledge here, and it'd be a crime not to use it!
Due to a budget over-run on a previous building project, this is currently running around 2 years in arrears already, and our budget for this is considerably tighter than I'd have liked - but hey-ho! - such is life.
Hopefully, if I can figure out how to display images, you'll be able to see my proposed floorplan for my home cinema. But I'd appreciate critique and suggestions for improvement before I go to our local builders to start quoting.
Basically, what I have to play with is the Northern end of our house, a stone-built 18th century grain store, that was converted into residential accommodation in the eighties. The area I have to play with is 9.35 x 6.4m (roughly 31ft x 21ft) - out of that I need to create the cinema, a gym, and a utility room.
At the moment the space is an (unused) dining area, kitchen and utility. Only the utility is in regular use as we extended the property a couple of years ago and added a kitchen/diner elsewhere.
In the plans as drawn, there is one window that I plan to plug/cover, with other windows (and an external door) elsewhere limiting my choice of location for the various rooms.
So, I appear to be 'length' constrained within the cinema, and even then end up with a couple of 'bump ins' either side of the screen wall due to an external window to the West (top of plan) and needing somewhere to put my equipment rack to the East (bottom right of room).
The good news is, that although I only have 235 cms of head height (7'7") from the doorway area and to the left, to the right of the doorway the solid core floor gives way to a suspended floor with nearly a metre of crawl space underneath (over 3ft!) and there is a solid concrete base to that space. I should be able to remove the floor joists and drop the floor by around 30" even after allowing for creating an insulated floating, or suspended, floor. So, towards the screen wall, I'll end up with just shy of 10' ceiling height!
So, any better ideas for the layout? Suggestions? Comments? etc.