Welcome to the Dog House Theater!
I have been building this detached garage for almost a year now and I am just now getting to any of the real home theater stuff. I have had many a contractor and a few friends say, "Damn you built one hell of a dog house." Hence the name of my theater. Not to mention if I get in trouble with the wife, it wouldn't be too bad of a dog house to stay in for a while.
I tried to sub it out on my own and it was damn near impossible to do. Luckily I have a buddy who recently started building houses for a living and he said he would do it for cost + 10%. Sounded reasonable to me. I started blindly thinking I could build it for $30K, but I am coming close to double that. Through out the building process I kept telling myself, you are more or less building a complete house.
I am still amazed I got approval from the wife to build it. We had decided that we were either going to go into debt for a pool or detached garage and the garage won out. The pluses were the wife got to move her office out of our 3rd bedroom to the FROG where my previous home theater was and also clear out all the tools, paint, chemicals and crap out of our current gargage. Not to mention this increases our property value where the pool probably wouldn't of done squat but some enjoyment during the summer months. The previous theater is now (2) offices with a play area for my daughter. The panny 300U has been downgraded from a 92" screen to a 57" and is now amazingly bright for a poorly light controlled room.
On to the pics ...
Here is a picture shot from the entry door. You can see the bathroom which will just have a toilet and sink. I am still getting crap from the wife for not putting in a shower, but it wouldn't work right with the floor plan, not to mention it would rarely ever get used and be something else to clean. The stairs on the right go upstairs and there is a door there that will go out to a future deck.
Here is the wall where the screen will go. I have just bought material for a 126" diag 2.37 SMX screen. Had to get the material while the getting was still good. By the way, there are 10' ceilings in here.
Here is the opposite wall. On the left side you can see where the equipment rack will go along with a wet bar.
Here is a shot of the side wall. Another view of the equipment rack and to the left you can see a sheet rocked cubby hole for a fridge. Going with a 10cu ft one. Fits nicely under the slop of the roof.
Here are some other basic facts.
The theater portion not counting the side "bar" space is roughly 15.5' wide by 25' long. I am planing on going with an Epson 400 for the projector. I didn't go through the effort of sound isolation (double sheet rock, green glue, etc) as it isn't attached to the house. I am pretty much busted as $'s go. So the rest will be done pretty much on the cheap. To begin with I'll only be treating the front wall with Linacoustic, until I get the rest of the building complete. I have already purchased tile for the downstairs entry way and have all the wood for the front stage and riser. I currently have the front stage about 90% framed up, still have the riser and fake wall to go. Hopefully I'll finish framing the stage and riser by next week. I have to find someone to help me carry 4x8 sheets of 3/4" flooring upstairs. Not easy to do by youself. Anyone in SC?