I have been wanting to start this thread for about 7 years! This theater is now on version 3 and will be the final rendition. I have been researching for many years and am trying to put everything I have learned to use. Thank you to all who have been brave enough to document your builds. It is very useful and I hope that my build will help someone. Here it goes!
We moved into this house in 2012. I had no idea what a home theater was. Someone gave me a huge projector and the rest is history after finding this site. Here is version 1:
After this, the 100 year flood hit and out basement took on water. We had to rip out all the drywall from one side of the basement and then found we had severe foundation issues. That led to jacking the house up to level and install a French drain. This was horrible.
I had to move the theater upstairs into a mother-in-law suite that was a converted garage. I continued to buy more theater stuff and plan as I knew that the MIL would be converted to rooms and a bathroom. Here is the MIL theater wall.
At the beginning of last year the demo happened over in the MIL and the theater went into storage. So I tried to start working on it and got drywall in between the rafters and that was it before I had to work on the MIL conversion. Here’s the theater room when I started working on it last year.
I finished the MIL conversion in September and frankly needed a break. Then, I realized I really missed the theater but that I needed to do it right so that my wife would not rush in and tell me it was too loud. So I started to design and am still in that process but will be doing DD GG DD decoupled walls, etc. This room is in the basement and I don’t have any forced air in my house so I had to design a ventilation system. I ran an infinity fan through a closet next to the room and then into the room.
I then built a return back into the basement under the staircase.
Then I had to build a couple of new walls and then started hanging clips and channel. I had a sub panel installed and ran all the electrical and cat lines. I will get a picture soon of where I am at.
This is NOT going to be an extravagant build. The plan is for a riser, equipment closet in the back with no door, screen wall with no stage. I will have soffits for lights only. I have decided to use backer boxes for the ATMOS speakers and those will the only holes in the DD besides the outlets. Everything else will be contained in the room. I will also have to build a removable window plug due to the wife wanting it to be accessible in case of an emergency.
DIY 120” spandex screen
2 Cyclops running off iNuke
3 JBL 4722
4 DIYSG surrounds
4 rls speakers for ATMOS
Cheap Sony Blu-ray
“The Bentonite” - the soil on our property is Bentonite Clay and expands and contracts which caused the foundation problems which caused the water to enter during the flood which caused version 2 which caused the MIL conversion which moved to version 3. And my name is Clay so it seemed fitting! So, here we go! More to come...
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