Tedd thanks for the follow-up and feedback. I work in sales and with a huge qtr it's been crazy busy which means all I do at night is think - to offset that I find books to read or now lately a massive amount of forum reading (probably 25 hours since I originally posted).
I've come to a couple thoughts and conclusions based off the deeper dive I've done.
1) As much as I want to just pay somebody to do this I get the feeling that I'll spend closer to $60-65k and frankly it sounds like the sound proofing is still unlikely to get done right due to few people knowing how it goes. I could be the GC but at that point I'm starting to think I may as well do portion of this myself.
2) I'm by no means an expert handyman. I've yanked out and replaced a full bathroom room (vanities, toilets, electrical etc..) and I've been able to do crown molding. But i've never tackled anything like this. However, reading into drywall it really doesn't seem overly difficult just time consuming and a pain in the ass. My gut tells me that I want to bring in a GC to do the initial framing, and initial electrical runs but to leave the clips, and drywall to me to make sure it gets done right. My only concern is the ceiling portion of this, although I could rent a lift and likely will, and making sure i get the tips and tricks ahead of time. I don't have kids yet so my weekends are free and it's a long winter, I figure I can make a pretty big dent in this on weekends, and in January I'll probably have multiple weekdays free due to how my job works. Doing this myself absolutely means I'll be buying plans so I'll need to figure out the right plan as I'll likely be going with Shawn from the research I've done.
3) If I have a GC do the framing and initial tear down (ceiling and finished walls already in place) I feel comfortable enough doing the wiring for the electronics, a soffit ( figuring I'll need this for lighting or perhaps better with wall sconces) but not so sure I could handle any pillars. Maybe it's intimidation but everybody else seems to have them looking perfectly fit and it seems like that would require a defter touch I'm not sure I have. This leaves me with a concern about how I do the finish, meaning GC might not want to come back for the final touches aesthetically or I need to go plain enough that it won't matter about my experience. I have a similar concern about the doors as there will be one door into the storage area and a new one that would need to be framed for the theater entrance. Never put a door up no idea how tough it will be especially with a goal of being sound proof.
4) other than the above items the only other piece I feel like I need to figure out is HVAC, as I have two return vents already placed in the theatre area (that connect with the unit in the storage area 10 feet away) as well as I'll end up having to wall in a feature the house had of being able to shut vents down at the main runs for better energy efficiency (pic attached). My home is brand new I never even bothered as I spent so little for the size home due to it being design energy efficient but it is in the back of my mind for when I sell - granted this is easily a 20 year home so who cares but I'm considering it.
5) the other item I need to look at is with widening the theatre it's going to hit the main vent runs in the house. This means my ceiling finished will be 7.6 at the lowest point. This should still be plenty since I'm only planning one row of seats + stools, so no riser, but I'll need to figure out if we lower the ceiling to be flat or how to handle that. Also I want to make sure it can handle Atmos. I'm sure Shawn can figure this all out but it is another impact.
Anyway, at this point I'll probably continue some hard research for another week or two. Then e-mail Shawn to get initial thoughts on the space before I pull in an engineer. If Shawn feels space can work, I want to make sure the support beam can be moved 100% and then I'll engage both Shawn for plans and the removal of the beam. Goal would be to start the framing in December so over the holiday break I can use my time off to do a lot of this work.
Definitely getting excited and appreciate all of the feedback from the helpful board members.
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Last edited by Mike00; 10-23-2019 at 06:05 PM.