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post #1 of 16 Old 05-14-2019, 07:55 AM - Thread Starter
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Montana Custom Theater Build

This year has been quite the whirlwind as my wife is being transferred to Billing's Montana. The biggest advantage to this move however has been the cost of living compared to coming from Denver, CO. As a result we found a home much cheaper than our Denver home and it is brand new. Since the basement was unfinished, I worked with the builder and a home theater specialist to turn one of the rooms into my dream private theater. I will try and continually update this with progress as I get it. Unfortunately I am in Denver until the end of June with only a couple trips over to look at progress. Otherwise everything is being done based on the designs and my talks and walk through with the home theater specialist.

Below is the first shot after signing for the house and paying for the work. The room I decided on is 11x16 in size, and off to the left is a hallway that wraps around to the other side of the stairs that are next to the room. The plan was to close off this hallway to the room, but use the hallway to hold all the AV equipment, Movie collection, and hold my houses networking cables and router with switch. The room will contain a 5.1.2 setup with the ability to expand to 5.1.4 in the future. The Sub, Center Speaker, side speakers, and ceiling speakers will all be in wall. The screen will be 100" and the projector of choice is the BENq HT3550. I will detail on the second photo what the speakers will be and updates on other items in the build.

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Below this section is the second update after pre-wiring. They have also framed out the wall. Both the electrician and Theater specialist have no wired the room and framed out all the speakers for the room. The room will have 4 in ceiling dimmable lights, the front two and rear two are on separate switches. The large window in the room has been sized for a Mechanical Honeycomb Black out shade with a custom blackout track making the window completely covered and no light coming into the room. We have decided for paint we will do a matte Espresso color, and the shade matches the color. All the red brackets are for the speakers. Below is the final list of all pieces to the theater.

Screen - Dragonfly 16:9 Matte White 100"
Projector - BenQ HT 3550
Center and side speakers (3 total) - Klipsch R 3650 in wall speakers
In Ceiling Atmos - Klipsch CDT 3650 in ceiling
Tower speakers - Dayton Air - these come from my previous setup, will be updated later on
Sub - 10" Dayton Sub - Sub box in wall is big enough to upgrade to 12" Klipsch sub later on
Smarthome - Control4 EA1 controller and remote
Light Switch - Control4 smart dimmable lights set of 2, brown espresso color

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Next theater update won't be till June 16th or so. By then the room will be near completion. Projector, walls and paint, lighting, in wall speakers, screen, lighting, and shade will be installed. We won't have final speakers, network setup, and Receiver installed until we move in after June 24th. I will continue posting and answer any questions as they come. So excited that I get to do this. If anyone has any recommendations for after the install to enjoy the room even more let me know. Need to figure out decorations such as movie posters and possible sound absorbing decorations as well.
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I have uploaded the final layout that the builder and home theater specialist will be completing. The only thing I need to work with, is the door in the theater room actually opens inward. Anyone know what is needed for it to open away from the theater like the diagram. It is the only thing stopping the back row from being fully centered in the room. Is this even possible without a ton of changes to the door?

Also the ceiling speakers have the directional tweeter and woofer that can be directed into the direction of the seating. Our theater specialist said we should have no problem with distance to seating. Should we push up the chairs a bit but then get closer to the screen? Or is it fine with them being towards the back? The front speakers had to be put there because of the ducts and such in the ceiling.

Floors are carpet by the way, not wood per the diagram. Super excited to get to use this! End of June can't come soon enough.
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just just need to install it the other way if you want it to open out. If it is a pre-hung door it is not a big deal to cut it out and flip it. If this is new construction just install it correctly and make sure they order it with the hinges on the correct side. it is referred to in the door industry as handed. either left or right. Stick your butt where you want the hinges then do you want it opening toward your left or right hand. Your door in the diagram is right handed, looking at the diagram they would have ordered a left hand door if they planned it to open in.
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just just need to install it the other way if you want it to open out. If it is a pre-hung door it is not a big deal to cut it out and flip it. If this is new construction just install it correctly and make sure they order it with the hinges on the correct side. it is referred to in the door industry as handed. either left or right. Stick your butt where you want the hinges then do you want it opening toward your left or right hand. Your door in the diagram is right handed, looking at the diagram they would have ordered a left hand door if they planned it to open in.
Gotcha. It is a new build was finished before we signed the paperwork and started some of the other finishes. I have reached out to the builder to see if while they finish the other rooms they would be willing to flip it. Will see if they are good with it or not. Thanks for the response!
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Welcome to Billings! Good luck with the build, if you need any advice or want to check out my theater, let me know.
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Welcome to Billings! Good luck with the build, if you need any advice or want to check out my theater, let me know.
Wow another Billings person. Yea wife and I are both Colorado natives... first time living elsewhere when we finish the move at the end of June. We are moving for her job, so she "rewarded" me for moving with the theater room in the house!
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Came over here from the McTheatre II build thread. Us members with small builds stick together, lol. Looks like your new home and theater will be very nice. Looking forward to some pictures.
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Came over here from the McTheatre II build thread. Us members with small builds stick together, lol. Looks like your new home and theater will be very nice. Looking forward to some pictures.
Thanks! I am super excited. Unfortunately only thing I can do is prep my media while the build is happening elsewhere. Just upgraded to a Klipsch Sub as well now. Figured since I am upgrading most of the speakers, I might as well now use the left over speakers for a 3.1 setup in the regular tv watching space.

Also just finished setting up my Plex server with a bunch of 3D content to use on the projector, never had in home 3D before.
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Small Update - without photos for now.

New Sub and Speakers got in per our theater specialist. Went ahead and upgraded my sub, as I figured I Could use the old speakers and Sub to make a smaller 3.1 setup in the living room. So that included getting a new sub, so I figured I would match the rest of the speakers. Purchased a Klipsch R-10swi and per my specialist, he said the builder did in fact finish the sub box we requested and the new sub fits perfectly! It's hard doing something like this from far away, but both our builder and the home theater guy have been amazing. t-minus 2 weeks till I get to see the progress in person and get some photo updates.
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Hey! Welcome to Billings! I'm in the final stages of finishing my modest 18.5 x 15 ft. remodel theater room up in the Heights! Look forward to seeing some pics of yours !
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Hey! Welcome to Billings! I'm in the final stages of finishing my modest 18.5 x 15 ft. remodel theater room up in the Heights! Look forward to seeing some pics of yours !
Thanks! House is in the Heights as well! I'm excited to get updates soon. Did just purchase chairs for the room yesterday. Went with Seatcraft Sienna for the front row, and back row Seatcraft Grenada chairs for the back. Slowly figuring stuff out.
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So I was asked today by builder if I want to match trim to the Espresso Color of the room, or the white trim like the rest of the house. I am leaning towards just matching the brown. Any opinions people have on trim?
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IMHO white trim in an otherwise dark room is very distracting. It will reflect light during a movie. What color is the ceiling? If it is builders white, then what you do with the trim is an insignificant detail.
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IMHO white trim in an otherwise dark room is very distracting. It will reflect light during a movie. What color is the ceiling? If it is builders white, then what you do with the trim is an insignificant detail.
Nope, ceiling and walls will be a matching dark espresso color that matches my black out blinds. Builder matched paint for me to the blind color I picked out and are doing it in a matte finish. Both Ceiling and wall will match. I have reached out to have them just match the color of the room.
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Well we are 1 week from moving in and the theater being completed. I have some of the AV equipment so everything won’t get done till we get in. But so far we have the paint, all the electrical, and the cutouts for the speakers done. In the 4th photo is on the other side of the left wall which is an unfinished hallway where all the AV equipment will be. The builder helped build a custom Sub box to house the sub in wall per the specs of our home theater specialist.

Blackout blinds with custom blackout track will be installed next week, theater chairs will be here in 2 weeks. Excited to get in a start watching!

I know carpet is light, plan is to buy dark rug to cover that up for the most part.
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The BIG update came today when our home theater guy sent me the nearly finished product after he installed all the in wall speakers, screen and projector!

The giant window is getting a custom, full on blackout mechanical honeycomb shade, with custom blackout track to make it fully seal light out. Also I have two tower speakers the will be going in as well when we move in the complete the 5.1.2 setup!

So excited to have this room and get going with watching movies in a week!

Thanks for all the advice on the color, it turned out great using the darker brown on all the trim, outlets, and speakers! This thing is going to be a light controlled beast, which will let the Benq HT3550 really shine!
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