Originally Posted by audiovideoholic
I just made the first step and called KYD! Even though I'm an architectural grad I have been fighting myself with room plans every since I actually dug the footing for my room.
Rob, your space is the pinnacle for true home theater and 99% of us will never have the opportunity to build such a grande room just based on the footprint alone but if KYD can make a 18'x35x10' room shell as enveloping as what yours seems to be then I would be a fool not to call him while I'm still in the middle of designing my HT2.0 makeover.
I have 1' of wall space, maybe more, for treatments if I downsize my 4 seats per row to 3 seats per row. The later would be better anyway since there would be a true money seat this way. I've literally become obsessed with your theater every since I read your build thread the very first time. It didn't take seconds or minutes to notice each and every little detail. As I was reading through the thread my mind was in like an overflow mode of wow, that's perfect, I never would have thought of that, oh that's how that's done.....over and over. And with all my background in design it just made it consume me even more. I've seen and studied tons of spaces ranging from residential to commercial to bridges and this room has totally grabbed me and sucked me into its every nut and bolt.
I've thought many theaters were great and even seen some that thought could truly live with for the most part with only minor changes but not yours Rob. Even your seats are perfect for the room and you just basically got them on a whim since they had the feature you wanted. But, they worked perfectly just like the carpet transition from the side wall and riser worked perfectly. The seats help carry that back into the theater all the way to the back row. Some may think I'm silly for pointing out the little things like how the seats mixed with the wall and carpet is perfect but when one has sat through hundreds of hours of design classes things like that pop out instantly.
I'm sure his price will be over my (family physician and real estate investor) income but if I don't inquire then I'll always be left wondering what could have been.
I'm so flattered and humbled - and very pleased you noticed all the little details. Attention to detail is, for me, the most important thing. It's what makes any experience great, whether it's a memorable music performance, a beautifully designed building, an exquisite space (Disneyland, for example - not Disney World), a life-changing movie; it's all about the detail. When you sweat the details, the sum ends up being greater than the parts.
When I'm lighting a film, I'm micro-focused on every single shadow I'm creating, every shaft of light, how it architecturally paints every frame - there are _so_ many details. And, of course, I'm never satisfied. But when it's all finished and put together, you step back and (hopefully), it works.
However, you also see that no one really notices all the details you put in. That's ok, because they subconsciously sense the care you took. Without those details, the end product just wouldn't be the same.
So how does one get there? Well, for me, it's just noting all the things that made me crazy when I visited a commercial theater. "Why is the screen so high? I don't like craning my head. Why do my ears bleed when it gets loud? Why is it out of focus? Why is the black level so crappy? Why can't I understand what's being said?"
Alternatively, I paid attention when I liked what I saw: "Why is this film presentation so powerful? Why do I like the sound system so much?" I'm sure all of you do the exact same thing... Then it's just a matter of putting all the positive elements into your design and deleting all the elements that would detract from that design. And with Keith, I found a kindred spirit - he knew immediately what I was trying to do, so it wasn't a challenge to communicate how I wanted the end product to look & feel. He just got it.
Then it was our chore to impart and translate that dream to the Contractor and all his guys. Truthfully, at first, they had no idea why we were asking for all this incredibly minute stuff to be done - but they did it on faith. It was only after the room was coming together that they said, "Oh _now_ I get it!" The contractor's son (who worked on the job) was at our house today doing some extra work for us, said, "You know, you used to drive us a little crazy with all your questions about every little thing. You were very nice about it, but we all scratched our heads somewhat: 'Is it _really_ important to have the reveal on that molding be 7/16" instead of 1/2"?' Now that it's finished, I realize it's all those tiny details that make the theater so special... Can I watch 'Star Wars?'"
I told him to get back to work.
Thanks again for those very kind words. You're smart to contact KYD. They aren't cheap, that's true, but you get (in spades) what you pay for and they are _wonderful_ to work with! And Keith really knows what he's doing. There's no Emperor's Clothes here...