Well it's happening. We are looking to move and build a new house. Thankfully we won't be going far, and are staying in my current town. (What can I say, I like it here.)
Now I won't be doing any work on starting the theater for probably at least a year, but there's already a couple questions I'd like to ask the crowd here, because we're meeting with the builder next week.
Update: April 17, 2019
This first post is out of date.
The new room size I have to play with is a roughly 30 x 19 x 11 concrete shell that is being built under the garage. So while option C on this original post was the winner... it was still the loser.
The new size I'm working with is (tentatively) 26.5 ft x 15 ft x 8.75 feet. I THINK I could get away with three rows with this much space.
But boy, it'd be awesome if I could sink a section of the foundation a foot lower. That would give an almost 10ft ceiling in a good portion of the room. See attachment for what I'm thinking about.
Option A - This keeps the back row from being to close to the back wall. It shrinks the space between the front row and the screen.
Option B - This pushes the back row to being closer to the back wall, probably causing exaggerated bass energy for them. It gives the space between the front row and the screen a larger area though, and that'd be great for the times people want to karaoke or play with the XBOX Kinect.
Option C - Only two rows and bar at the back, but gives lots of space at the front.
Option D - Ugh, I hope not. Even with ceilings that are 9 feet, three rows of seating would eat that up. If anyone has ever been in a 9ft ceiling theater with three rows, lemme know how it felt.
Anyone ever ask their builder about sinking a portion of the foundation and how much it costs? Issues it might cause on down the line? Also any opinions on the options are also welcome. Thanks!