7-20-17: Still a work in progress, but current status Pics:
I debated on the best place to pose several question I had and just decided to start a new thread here as I will eventually get one going on this thread anyway, and it may be best to have all the info in one thread as things progress.
I purchased a home (about 2 years ago), that already had a dedicated Theater (more of a media room probably). It's on a second floor over the garage. It has NO treatments whatsoever. I was able to convince the previous homeowners to leave some of the equipment. They left the seats (7), the projector (Mitsubishi HC3800) and the screen (16:9 105", not sure of the brand). The room is 19.5' long and about 13.5 wide. It has a elevated second row in the back (Pictures attached). I started getting information together in 2014, then realized there were other substantial projects that probably needed to happen first. Well more recently, my hand was forced a little (I ordered 3 1099s on the most recent pre-order), and then I was offered a deal on two new SI-18s from a member on these forums that I couldn't pass up. This has got me thinking about the room again. We have been using it as is and while functional, it's not to my satisfaction. Here is my criteria and a couple disclaimers:
Disclaimer: I don't have a huge budget like a lot of the amazing theaters on these forums. I intend to do the work myself. Having said that, I'm quite the handy DIY guy with a decent sized home shop with a LOT of tools.
Disclaimer 2: With the room being pre-existing, upstairs, I'm not against gutting the room (as a matter of fact I intend to do that to an extent), but I would like to keep the existing seating (at least initially), and there is only currently about 16" between the sides of the seats and the wall....so with that restriction I need to make a determination as to what treatment solutions are justified and which ones will make the most impact etc. I think back when I was considering this a couple years ago, I had some correspondence with Ted White and he said with my existing limitations, that he suggested just another layer of drywall and greenglue and roll on. I would like to hear input from all you guys much more experienced than myself with all of this.
I'm just starting to layout the room in CAD (solidworks), but the treatment disclaimer above started to raise a lot of questions which is what prompted this post.
The first row is currently about 12 feet from the wall. I would like to maybe increase the screen size slightly and isntall a AT screen to place those 1099s behind. I intend to build a soffit around the room and get rid of the Polk inwalls. I'll probably get rid of the windows and maybe add some shallow columns for appearance if space allows. I'll have to add an additoinal zone to the HVAC system and plumb in a return. I know I have some constraints that won't allow this to be the perfect theater. I'm hoping to achieve a "nice" theater within my given restrictions. You guys will have to bear with me as I tend to have a million questions when taking on any new project....and I research until I"m blue in the face (my background is in Mechanical Engineering so I tend to over analyze). Any input is appreciated.
Thanks in advance!