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Initial planning of garage conversion
I'm finally purchasing a house and I'm looking forward to converting the garage to a theater. In the house I'm renting now I currently have a theater in the basement so I already have plenty of gear and experience with the A/V. I've got the seating, screen, PJ, speakers, equipment, etc. I've even got plenty of black acoustic absorption panels, drapery, and carpeting tiles I'll be able to pull up.
What I don't have though, is experience with construction. At all. I've been a renter all my life. So that's really the only part I can't DIY.
It's a fairly spacious 1 car garage, I figure 15x20? Whatever it is, it's a probably just slightly above average size for a 1 car garbage. It's attached and has its own vaulted ceiling, high enough that if there was a standard sized ceiling, there would be like a standard size attic that you can climb into. So I figure that's going to make wiring way easier.
Right now the garage is in an...interesting configuration though. It was subdivided by building an L shaped wall, so that as you enter from inside the house, there's a narrow laundry room running along the length of it, and a smaller storage area running along the width. Then there's a separate door to walk into the garage proper, which is now just barely big enough to fit a car. So the "outer" L-shaped room is properly finished, heated by a baseboard on the outer wall, cheap tile, painted etc. The "inner" garage is still unfinished, concrete slab, etc. And there's an additional door to the outdoor from the garage itself (which I don't need.)
So ideally I want to do:
1) Knock that wall down and open it back up to its proper size.
2) Finish and properly insulate and the outer walls, soundproofing to the extent that I can.
3) Installing flooring that will reverberate pleasingly with the subs instead of being completely dead like the concrete. The flooring itself can be as cheap as possible, I'll be covering it with dark "carpet tiles" that are basically stick on.
4) Cover the walls with an appropriate dark fabric, doesn't need to be especially fancy.
5) Install a drop ceiling with good acoustic properties, downlights and maybe even ceiling speakers for atmos.
A few wrinkles though: the garage is a few steps down from the house proper, and I still need to work an small enclosed laundry area as well as an A/V closet into this. There's also the garage door and an outside door on the wall opposite the laundry that needs to be dealt with somehow.
So anyone experienced with garage conversions have any thoughts? Any rough ideas of what the construction would cost, and materials to use for the floors, wall cloth, ceiling, etc?
What's the standard way to deal with doors? Lock them up and just build a wall right up against them? If I wanted to eat a little space out of the theater make the garage door opening into a small outdoor pseudo-shed, can the track of the door just slide up and over the ceiling without issues, given that there will be lights, speakers, wiring up there?
Also, I'm located in Stony Brook, Long Island and I'd obviously prefer people with home theater experience to work on this. It's a few months off at the earliest but if you know of any good contractors in the area or you are one yourself, definitely get in touch.
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