Now that my Theater Build is officially underway, I thought I'd start a build thread for it. Really my goal is to just document my journey and hopefully pick up some good tips and advice from the community along the way.
The goal is to have a relatively simple setup in terms of style and cost.
We built our house about 2 years ago and left the basement unfinished so I could finish it myself.
The Room is about 20ft long by 18ft wide. It's in the basement adjacent to 2 spare bedrooms, a bathroom, and the mechanical room.
I'm planning 1 row of seating to begin with, leaving the option for two rows.
I am building to support Atmos 7.2.4 -
Update 8/6/18 - I did go full hardware for version 1 - here's what i have:
Elite Screens Sable Frame 2 - 135"
Polk 265-RT - L/R
Polk 255c-RT - Center
Polk 65RT - Side and Rear Surrounds
Polk MC80 x4 - Ceiling
2x PSW505 - Sub
So I guess on with the show.
10-15-18 - THEATER CONSTRUCTION FINISHED - Full photo dump on Page 5 :
Quick Finished Pics:
This is the initial Sketchup of the room - basic layout
Last week I cleaned up from the construction of the other three rooms and have my blank canvas
(Just FYI - our city building code requires the basement ceiling be sheetrocked even if it's unfinished, so I've been dealing with that. It has it's Pros/Cons)
Since I completed all the framing at the same time as the other rooms, my first task is to run the electrical and speaker wires. I've settled on In-Wall speakers and decided on their location, so that's part of this step as well. Unfortunately, as I was looking around the room and planing my electrical wiring runs, I wasn't happy with my wiring options. So, I decided to add some soffit to the room, both to house the normal room lighting and some LED strips. This also gives me a super easy wiring solution for both the lights and the outlets.
I decided to make a simple box made out of 2x2s and 2x4s. It's only 6" from the ceiling and 12" wide. I have plenty of ceiling height, but if I made it too much larger, it would interfere with the headroom coming down the stairs. 6" works great though since I can still get 4" diameter recessed lights that will fit easily in the 6" cavity and provide plenty of light. There will be 3 on each wall.
The LED strip plan (at the moment) is to get some crown molding and just attach it to the bottom side of the finished soffit to hide the LED strip. I haven't looked into the LED stuff at all yet.
This part of the project cost approximately $300 including the 12 recessed lights, wood and screws.
The recessed lighting I am using. Still undecided on the baffle type and color i'll be using, as well as bulbs and color temp.