After eleven years of living in our home, which we had built in 2006, we finally decided to pull the trigger and finish our basement. It was always part of the master plan, but life just happened, and finances weren’t really in place to allow us to proceed. But with our two sons in high school now, my wife and I felt it was important to finish the “recreation space” of our home so our guys can enjoy it as well before college.
As part of the finish, we’ve always wanted to have a dedicated room, designed and built for us to enjoy movies as a family, something we love to do. So in our very simple design, we’ve carved out the space and are already moving forward in the build process.
A couple of notes about me…First, yes, I'm a Michigan State alumni and fan...hence the name. The overall theme in our basement will be a sports theme, highlighting the MSU Spartans. Not sure about the theater colors, but there will no doubt be some influence in there too. Second, I’ve done some basic building with a few friends, but I’m not an expert in any way, and am limited in my experience. So if you’re like me, and wondering if you can do it, hopefully this thread can help give you some encouragement. I’ve learned so much from the other builds on the forum, and the great members found here as well as great online content across the web related to construction technique. So I hope my process might help others. But, all that said, I am going to need insight as I go, so I welcome feedback! Third, while my budget is very modest, I want to do it right so we can enjoy the room for years to come! My main inspiration is the “"Better Late Than Never" Build”
, which matches our room size pretty closely, and I just love the look of his theater.
Here are some of the basic specs…
16’ 2” wide
20’ 10” long
Our ceilings are a bit of a challenge due to the layout of the ducts in our basement. The front 1/3 of the room (the screen wall) unfortunately, is only going to be about 7’7” high when finished. While we poured 9' walls for our build, the soffit I have to build to surround my home’s duct work is just going to have to be that low. The rear 2/3 will be about 8’ 10”. This difference will be incorporated into my soffit design, and is what it is!
Equipment List (updated 9/22/19)
– Sony VPL-VW385ES 4K SXRD Home Cinema Projector
– Silver Ticket 125", 2.35 scope screen
– Integra DRX-R1 run in 7.2.4
- Emotiva A-700 7 Channel Amp for LCR & 4 Side Surrounds
– 1099s DIYSG (Originally were HTM-12s)
– 4x Volt 6 Coaxial DIYSG
– 2x Volt 6 Coaxial DIYSG
– 4x Volt 6 Coaxial DIYSG
– 4x Cyclops 18
Subs (2x Dayton Audio RSS460HO-4 18" drivers, 2x Dayton Audio UM18-22 18" drivers) all powered by an HDC10000Q 4/ch amp
- AuraSound AST-2B-4 Pro Bass Shakers (1 per chair) powered by Behringer iNuke NU1000DSP amp
- Nvidia Shield (Plex/VUDU/Tidal/YouTubeTV player), XBox One S (Secondary)
Plex Media Server
- IBM Thinkpad W530 Laptop with an i7 using an 8TB USB WD Drive
- Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player
– iRule on iOS (iPad Mini)
- Lutron Caseta Pro Equipment
- 7 Palliser Flicks Chairs
- Hitlights Luma10 RGB strips
- Zoned System (ZoneFirst Dampers) with Honeywell Wifi Thermostat (Control in iRule)
So here we go!
Here is the space...