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Well, the theater has been constructed for more then a few months now. I figured I post some pics and see what everyone thinks, I know I’m more then thrilled with the results. Please disregard my stream of consciousness writing as I’ll be doing most of this from memory which now a days doesn’t serve me too well. :) I did spend many hours on the forum and got some great information from pre build through post build. Thanks Alan for hosting a great community.

Some basics, the name of the theater stems from the fact that I live on Hearst Castle Way. The room (finished) is 14 x 17. The length was constrained due to a staircase at the back wall (also the reason for the exposed rear speakers). I looked into moving it but it was cost and maybe structurally prohibitive. It’s a D.E. designed theater, as you will tell from the photo’s. Without Dennis, this would have never happened. I told him I wanted a “classic†style space, gave him my room dimensions and “requirements†and he took it from there. The plans were everything I needed to construct an acoustically correct great looking space with all necessary high/low electrics, etc. in place. If you’re not a visionary, like me, and/or you want to be sure everything needed is accounted for, I highly recommend Dennis. Not that he needs my recommendation.

I did do a couple of thing ADA, Against Dennis’ Advise, (someone else once put the ADA in a thread and I liked it, sorry for the plagiarizism). One, the screen is 110â€, Dennis recommended 100â€. Bigger is always better, right. ;) Because of the larger screen, one row was recommended but I chose two. I knew the back row would only be used < 5% of the time so I wasn’t concerned. The riser is definitely not as deep as most since I didn’t want to get the front row to close to the screen. Right now the front row is about 11 ½ ft from the screen. The back row only has a couch, there isn’t enough room for recliners (to Recline), just enough to get in and out. There will be a pic to show this space.

Here’s the equipment. Currently I only use the room for DVD (Standard Def). I may get verizon FIOS TV when it becomes available in my area later this summer. The pj is an Optoma H-77, 7.1 speakers are all Atlantic Technology 2200 with a 212 sub., Oppo DV971H DVD, Denon 4806, Parts Express sub amp plate for chair shakers, Carada 110†BW 16x9 screen, and grafik eye 6 zone (zone 1 – four front low voltage cans, zone 2 – two rear low voltage cans, zone 3 – 4 front sconces, zone 4 – 2 rear sconces, zone 5 – light cove tray, zone 6 – under riser lighting.

Here are some preconstruction pics of the space. My dilemma was which part of the space to use for the theater. The placement of the staircase only gave me two options, an 11 X 21 space and the 14 x 17 space. I opted for the 14 x 17 space even though it entailed removing 5 windows and adding back two to the 11 x 21 space. I guess there was a third, 17 x 25 but I didn’t want to use the entire space for the theater. None of the “heavy “construction was done by us, it was all contracted. That included moving and installing windows, High voltage electric, HAVC, framing, carpet and drywalling (two layer w/ GG all surfaces including floor, not drywall obviously). Everything past that, and believe me there’s a lot, was done by me and my wife. This included total room finish out; acoustical treatments, light tray construction and installation (by far the most physically challenging of the bunch) , low voltage wiring, proscenium fabrication and installation, framing for GOM, GOM application ( the most time consuming / artistic type endeavor), column construction and installation, all trim installation, woodwork prep and staining, equipment rack construction (based on a Larry Fine design), curtain fabrication (one of my wife’s talents), and curtain rod install. I mention the curtain rod install because as I have said in another thread, it is a $125 remote controlled rod but gave me $1000 worth of aggravation during installation which included having to machine screw heads, with a dremel, to use in addition to the supplied clips to keep the rod from falling down. The entire construction took from March to Sept. last year. There were a lot of contractor delays but as for our portion, we worked daily in the evenings and all day on weekends all of last May, June, July, August and some of Sept.

Well, here are the pics, enjoy.

So far I only have pre construction pics up. I’ll get more this weekend.

Looking into theater space. The same hip roofline was kept in the theater and lobby/gameroon after construction except there is no woodwook on the hip in the theater. The light tray with crown took it's place.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...i/12130007.jpg

From refreshment area looking at 5 windows that were moved for the theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...i/12130001.jpg

Looking down staircase where back theater wall will be. Railing will be removed.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...i/12130004.jpg

Far corner of lobby area looking at refreshment area
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...i/12130005.jpg

Wall where new equipment rack is in refreshment area.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...i/12130006.jpg

More to follow.
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Here are some construction pics. Let me know if you have any questions.

Framing for the left wall looking into the theater from the Lobby / gameroom, windows still in.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12140005.jpg

Looking in from the opposite direction
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12140004.jpg

Inside the theater looking out. As you can see, the contractor origonally put the door in the wrong place.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12140006.jpg

The back wall of the theater replacing the railing. The roof line over the stairs here will be flat.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12140003.jpg

Looking at lobby / gameroom wall where new windows will be.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12140002.jpg

Windows removed from theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12150005.jpg

Looking at back wall of theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12140007.jpg

Framing for flat cieling over stairs
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12150001.jpg


There is a gap between the studs and the top layer of flooring so that they are not connected to reduce sound transmission.

More pics to come. This will be the fastest build you ever seen :D .
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You got a foosball table. Sweet. The theatre is a winner just because of that!

Loved the woodwork on the ceiling. Beautiful! Almost hate to see that go actually.
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You got a foosball table. Sweet. The theatre is a winner just because of that!

Loved the woodwork on the ceiling. Beautiful! Almost hate to see that go actually.

Unfortunately, the foosball table is gone, it wouldn't fit in the game room with everything else. You'll see when I post the pics.

Yes, the ceiling woodwork was beautiful. I hated to destroy it also. But, it is recreated in the lobby / gameroom.
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Here are some more pics.

Framing for hip in lobby / gameroom
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12150002.jpg

Framing for hip in theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/12150003.jpg

A/C and front conduit
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/04160004.jpg

Front build out for the stage and proscenium and you can see some speaker wire hanging.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/04160005.jpg

2 conduits coming from equipment room. The speaker wire for 7.1 and shakers + the cat 5 took all of one that was flex conduit. I don't recomend it, it is metal wrapped in plastic. I also later added a 3rd conduit for future use, it is presently empty.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/04160006.jpg

Clsoer look at conduits
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/04160010.jpg

Conduit going down right side of theater to the fromt.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/04160007.jpg

Drywall complete. Double rock with green glue inbetween. This is all around, ceiling, walls and floor. There's also pink insullation in all walls that didn't already have insullation. Sorry I don't have any pictures of the installation. They would be almost as boring as the rock. Also notice only wires comming out of rock, fixtures will be surface mounted or in the colunms to keep room with as few holes as possible.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01010007.jpg

More to follow. I can't beleive how fast this is going :) I don't understand why everyone is taking so long to build a theater. ;)
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Here's more

Some high voltage wiring.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01010010.jpg

Surface mount recepticals for sconces. Later boardered with furring to attach GOM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01110005.jpg

Riser conduit. The one on the left is still empty but I don't know if I will ever be able to use it sine the cables in the right conduit pass over the left up in the roof.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01010012.jpg

Entrance to theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01010003.jpg

New A/C returns. The pj will be hanging inbetween them so it's great for removing the hot air generated by the pj and keeping it cooler.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01010011.jpg

New lobby hip line
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01010004.jpg

Ceiling paint. It's a gray and turns almost black when the lights are out. I didn't think I would like a gray ceiling but it looks very good especially since our bottom GOM is also grey.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01110006.jpg

My wife cutting some insushield. Be sure to wear a mask. We later got better masks then the cheep 5 pack. They were still the same type material, a little heavier, but had plastic vents. We got them at HD and they were only around $5 each.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01110007.jpg

That's it for now, it's 1 A.M. I'll post more tomorrow, I mean later today.
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Looks good so far, will be glad to see more pics!!

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Maybe I missed it , what are the room dimensions ?

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Looking forward to seeing the rest!

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Maybe I missed it , what are the room dimensions ?

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That's all in the very first post, the room is 14x17, depth constrained by staircase.
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After resting up i'm ready to get back to work on the room ;) Here are some more pics.

Insulshield on entire front wall extending out to front of stage. Also on stage ceiling. Furring strips for GOM attachment and screen. The screen is right on the front wall of the theater. Although a perf screen would have been ideal, I didn't want to give up the space to put the speakers behind the screen. Honestly, I don't know if I would have been able to tell the difference if t he speakers were behind the screen.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01110001.jpg

Front wall with black GOM. Notice, to save GOM there is none behind the screen and it also only extends to just past where the proscenium will be.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01120001.jpg

A closeup of the staples. All of the GOM has the same staple pattern, very close together. As I mentioned, there are over 5000 staples in the room, some for the batting and insushiled but mostly the GOM. Don't attempt this without a air compressor staple gun. It took me about 5 minutes with an electric stapler to figure out that it wouldn't cut it.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01120002.jpg

Carpet down. Showing over the riser. Sorry I don't have pictures of the stage and riser build. They're pretty standard as far as build. They both are three layers of plywood with GG between each layer. They are stuffed with insulation (no sand on a second story build), and are sitting on roofing felt. They are 91/2" high. The riser is not touching any walls and has some slits cut into the plywood for accustical purposes.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260005.jpg

Carpeted stage. You'll also notice the curtain rod and the right curtain panels. With regards to the carpet, it is very expensive, much more then I planned. To capret this 14x17 room, it ran about $2,100 and the carpet company is a client of my wife so we got a substantial discount. The point I'm trying to make is budget more for the carpet then you think regardless of the grade of carpet you are going to use.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260002.jpg

Close-up of the chincy curtain rod motor. We generally just keep the curtains open. When I want to impress my guests who have never been to my theater, I do close them before we enter. I have two different macros on my 850. The Show macro opens the curtains whlie the pj and receiver start up and the lights dim with just the tray lights and under riser lights on. After the movie, one button and the reverse happens with the lights coming up but not to full intensity, can you say flashbulb :eek: . The second macro, Movie, does everything except the curtains.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260004.jpg

Close up of the niles plate under the riser. You can also see where the high voltage will be and just to the left of it is the shaker wire for the bottom row (not in the photo). The niles has 2 channel audio and component video which go to the receiver, a phone jack and computer cables for a VGA breakout cable going directly to the pj. This of course is to use a laptop in the theater. I've tried it but really don't use it to surf the web.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260007.jpg

I think this post has reached its max. I'll continue on the next, see you there.
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Hello again, here we go.

Ah, the light tray, ow, my back :eek: The light tray was very chalanging since the ceiling is hipped. First, to mount the tray to the hip I had to rip the 2x2's at the correct angle so that it matched the hip. Even though the angle is susposed to be the same on all walls, it does vary a little from wall to wall. Once all of the mounting strips were attached to the wall and hip using screws and adhesive, it was a bear attaching the 8' x 11" tray panels. I think it took us a fully week just to attach the tray, that's not counting the insulshield and GOM and definately not the crown which all came later.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02160001.jpg

Light tray back and sides. Also note the PJ ceiling bracket. The 2X8 on the ceiling is because we made a mistake when we put in the bracing for the pj before drywall. It turns out the bracing was on the wrong side of the studs. Oh well, the 2x8 doesn't look too bad.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02160004.jpg

Light tray front
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02160003.jpg

We'll leave the theater for a moment to vist the EQ rack.

The screens for the rack to block out the rest of the closet. The other wall of the rack inside the closet will be painted black. These panels were just made from furring with mdx for support and black fabric from Joanns.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260017.jpg


Here's the outside of the rack without the screens
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260012.jpg

Here's the inside of the rack without the screens. Like I said before, this is based on a Larry Fine design. I used std shelving brackets and cut mdf to fit. I routed the mdf for air flow.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260013.jpg

Outside with panels in place.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260018.jpg

Inside with panels in place. Panels are just velcroed to each other and the walls so that are easilly removed for access.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/01260020.jpg

I'll walk back to the theater now, see you in the next post
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Meanwhile back at the theater, with a hi ho Silver!!

Framing for insulshield and GOM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02010002.jpg

Ditto
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02010001.jpg

Close up of framing around stage
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02010003.jpg

Cross member for proscenium.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02110003.jpg

With GOM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02110005.jpg

Insushield on back. All was attached with staples.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02020003.jpg

Insushield on side
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02020004.jpg


Limit reached, will contiunue on next post.
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I'm baack!

Back with bottom GOM, 298 medium gray.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02110001.jpg

Back with Bottom GOM and top batting. The bottom is 298 medium gray.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02260003.jpg

Side with bottom GOM and top batting.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02260002.jpg

Back with top 418 Claret Accent GOM and speakers. You can also see the column panels on the riser and the blocking for the columns.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/03020001.jpg

Side with top GOM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/03020003.jpg

Light tray with GOM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/02260004.jpg

Left proscenium before GOM with space for sub. All of the proscenium is backed with insushield. My front wall is so dead, I should buy a coffin for it ;)
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/03200008.jpg

Both sides of proscenium befor GOM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...n/03200001.jpg

If I show you my pics with the columns, the finished will be anti climatic so I think I'll end the construction pics here. The columns without speakers are filled with insulation while the columns with speakers are backed with insushield top and bottom. See you at the grand opening.
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Nice thread/pics! How high up the wall did you go with the insulshield?
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Lady's and Gentelmen, Madames and Monsuiors, welcome to the Hearst Castle Too! Our tour will start at the booth, proceeding to the lobby and a behind the sceens look at the production facility followed by entrance to the theater. Bon Appetite!

Ticket window. This is a trump L'ore painting by my wife. The landing is not big enough for an actual ticket both and I couldn't cut into that wall.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0039.jpg

Refreshment area with dart board. That's an old Miti 45" cabnet. I'm using it for storage, water, canned soft drinks, etc. The MIti died about 7 months ago but it was a real workhorse. I may update this area.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0034.jpg

Lobby/ gameroom looking from refreshment area.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/f0c1a4a1.jpg

Same looking from wall of lobby. Here you can see the entrance to the theater.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/fb740975.jpg

Looking from the opposite direction. That's a stained glass window that a friend made for me. It was origonally actually in a window in my last house. Talk about a precarious thing to get out and move. But it made it OK.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/ca532d00.jpg

Ceiling detail of lobby. This was the same around the entire room before deconstruction when it was one big room.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0040.jpg

Same, looking from other side.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0041.jpg

Door to the theater. Notice the dead bolt, no little rug rat is going to get into here ;) I don't have to worrry about that unless my gradnson visits or we have visitors with kids. Also, because of the GOM panels on the other side of the door, the handle had to be fitted with a special extra long connector rod. Lockable door knobs were not available for this application, hence the dead bolt, which doesn't show inside the theater.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/c9f3c76e.jpg

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Step over tothe production area. Only have what I need.


EQ rack with door closed
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0027.jpg

EQ rack with door open. I have plently of room for expansion, maybe some conditioned power.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0028.jpg

Back of rack with cables going in
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0030.jpg

Different shot of cables.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0031.jpg

Extra empty conduit to theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0032.jpg

And Now the Theater!!!!


The treshold with weather striping for a tight seal
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/511450fd.jpg


The Carada 110" 16x9 screen from rear row
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/b89ee31d.jpg

Stage with curtains closed from rear row
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Looking at the theater from the stage. Those are Berkline 088's, dark burgandy. I think they show up much lighter in the pic.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/fc460cdb.jpg

Looking at entrance to theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/7b000e5f.jpg

Left rear of theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/685a76c7.jpg

Looking down the left side of the theater. Not a lot of egress romm but usable. Most of the time use the other end which has more room.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/a52c82fa.jpg

Higher view front to back showing tray and ceiling
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0005.jpg

Back wall looking to the left of the theater.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0001.jpg

From front, looking at left side of theater
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0010.jpg

Pic showing the rear walkway space.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0012.jpg

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Here's a shot of the low voltage cans
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0042.jpg

Here's a closeup
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0043.jpg

Front right side
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0016.jpg

Right walkway, much larger then the left
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0021.jpg

Column and baseboard trim, on the right is the door treshold.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2.../CIMG0120a.jpg

Column and door
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...CIMG0120a8.jpg

Closeup of dimly lit sconce
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0024.jpg

Column detail
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0019.jpg

Detail of column over riser
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0007.jpg

Column with grafik eye and speaker
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g2...r/CIMG0002.jpg

Well, that's it. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I know we are really enjoying the theater. Let me know if you have any questions and what you think. Thanks for looking.
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Is it just me or is this the fastest construction threat (with the most pictures) in the history of AVS.
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Nice thread/pics! How high up the wall did you go with the insulshield?
Thanks, I'll have to check for sure but I think it was something like 42".
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Is it just me or is this the fastest construction threat (with the most pictures) in the history of AVS.
Yha, I told you it was going to be fast. I'm available for hire out but I don't think anyone could afford me ;)
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Joe,

Just a wonderful theater. I love all the details. I may steal your threshold with weather striping idea. Simple and very effective.

Thanks for sharing pics of the room. My room size is just about the same. I ended up growing into the attic 2' (behind the front screen) so I could create a false wall area to hide those front speakers (without talking precious space from the room). As far as a AT screen -- the jury is still out.

BTW -- I had to LOL when you wrote this: "Notice the dead bolt [on the door], no little rug rat is going to get into here :D" I have a few well behaved little girls but will probably keep my HT locked when not in use -- just in case.

I love your speed too :D
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Thanks for sharing pics of the room. My room size is just about the same. I ended up growing into the attic 2' (behind the front screen) so I could create a false wall area to hide those front speakers (without talking precious space from the room). As far as a AT screen -- the jury is still out.
Thanks, unfortunately my screen wall is exterior so there was no attic to grow into.


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I love your speed too :D

I only wish the construction was even 10x longer then it took to post the pics, that would have put it at 30 days instead of the real 9 months it took.

By the way, your columns are looking good.
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I am very interested in your theater, this is very similar to what I am planning on doing (i.e. hire D.E. to generate “the planâ€, get some one else to build the large items in “the plan†framing, dry wall, carpet & HVAC, do the finish work myself. Thanks for all the pictures and commentary.

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One of last statements was “There is a gap between the studs and the top layer of flooring so that they are not connected to reduce sound transmission.â€
I’m really confused (it doesn’t take much). I interpret your statement to mean that the horizontal baseplate of the stud wall is not nailed to the flooring. Is this 2x4 on top of some sound deadening material?

Sound transmission in general:
I’m assuming this theater is on the 2nd floor, what did you do to the flooring to mitigate sound transmission to the space below?

Light tray:
You mentioned that the mounting strips were attached to both the hip & wall, how? Do you have a picture taken from above the tray to show that detail?
What kind of lights are in the cove tray?

Under Riser Lighting:
Is there rope lighting under the lip? Or is there something else?

Budget:
What was your budget starting out and how much did it grow? I’m sure it was worth it because it looks great.

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I am very interested in your theater, this is very similar to what I am planning on doing (i.e. hire D.E. to generate “the planâ€, get some one else to build the large items in “the plan†framing, dry wall, carpet & HVAC, do the finish work myself. Thanks for all the pictures and commentary.
You won't be disappointed with Dennis. He's well worth the money in my estimation.

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One of last statements was “There is a gap between the studs and the top layer of flooring so that they are not connected to reduce sound transmission.â€
I’m really confused (it doesn’t take much). I interpret your statement to mean that the horizontal baseplate of the stud wall is not nailed to the flooring. Is this 2x4 on top of some sound deadening material?
The stud base plate is nailed to the origonal floor. On top of that flooring is Green Glue and another layer of flooring. It is this upper layer that is is not touching any walls.

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I’m assuming this theater is on the 2nd floor, what did you do to the flooring to mitigate sound transmission to the space below?
Yes, it is on the second floor. Sound isoluation was basically achieved using Green Glue and double rock and flooring. There are many threads on GG. As far as sound comming into the theater, there is none. As far as sound leaving the theater, there is some base but it is very muffled and only affects the room immediately below the theater. I'm very happy with the sound isolation.

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You mentioned that the mounting strips were attached to both the hip & wall, how? Do you have a picture taken from above the tray to show that detail?
What kind of lights are in the cove tray?
Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the mounting strips. Once the tray is installed, the strips are no longer visable. Think of an inverted T with the vertical portion very close to one side. That is the tray, the strips are under the short side of the horizontal part and the top of the vertical part. This is all laid out in Dennis' plans. I am using rope lighting in the cove.

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Is there rope lighting under the lip? Or is there something else?
Rope lighting but if I did it again, I would build it into the riser instead.

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Budget:
What was your budget starting out and how much did it grow? I’m sure it was worth it because it looks great.
The origonal budget was around $20 - $25K but it did grow mostly from the construction I didn't do. The total final cost for everything including all equipment and seating was a little over $30K. I think I did pretty well.

Thanks for looking
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Hi Joe!

Great looking theater!!! I have a quick question, what material did you build your proscenium out of? (i.e. drywall, mdf, etc.) Also, did you indicate that you put insushield on the inside of the proscenium walls. I am in the design stage and your comments would be appreciated.

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Great looking theater!!! I have a quick question, what material did you build your proscenium out of? (i.e. drywall, mdf, etc.) Also, did you indicate that you put insushield on the inside of the proscenium walls. I am in the design stage and your comments would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Thanks, we're extremely pleased with the results. The proscenium is made out of 3/4" MDF. Yes, it is backed with insulshield. The entire front wall has insulshield which also extends some onto the side walls, about 2' or so, basically, the entire length of the stage. You really feel good about doing it youreself, not to mention the money you save. I was quoted from $7K - $15K to do the woodworking we did ourselves. Never got a quote for the GOM but that would also have been quite a bit.
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Whoa! That is a great theater. This must be one of those 1 post = 1 month threads!

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Whoa! That is a great theater. This must be one of those 1 post = 1 month threads!

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Thanks Victor. It's closer to 1 post = 1 1/2 - 2 months! Didn't have the time to post when we were building. Literally spent all free time working on the theater when it was being built but we're enjoying it now.
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