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We started by removing the roof off the house. Then we took down the walls. This is our old garage. Tomorrow We'll saw cut the floors and remove the slab.

 

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Wow. You putting the theater in the ground and then rebuilding the garage on top of it?


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Wow. You putting the theater in the ground and then rebuilding the garage on top of it?


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No we are building a theater room out of the old garage (but bigger), while also building a laundry room, office, bedroom , and a new garage. All will be on the same level. We don't really have basements in Southern California.



We finished demo. The dogs think we're ready to set forms. Hopefully we will be trenching Monday for the slab.
 

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Can you explain the 30 inch pony wall with 12 inch clear railing on top behind the first row of seating and the 42 inch wrought iron partitions at the front of the theater? Do you have a proposed layout of the theater room with seating and screen size/placement?

You are already planning on running plumbing why not include at least 1/2 bath supporting the new bedroom and the theater?
 

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Can you explain the 30 inch pony wall with 12 inch clear railing on top behind the first row of seating and the 42 inch wrought iron partitions at the front of the theater? Do you have a proposed layout of the theater room with seating and screen size/placement?

You are already planning on running plumbing why not include at least 1/2 bath supporting the new bedroom and the theater?

The 30" pony wall is mandatory for code due to the 14" drop off (which is where seating will go). I'm going to run power in the pony wall for the motorized recliners and conduit for bass shakers. Ignore the 42" wrought iron partitions. We had some trouble with building codes, but there will be a complete wall there.

We have a bathroom in our current house near the theater. The wife an I didn't want to budge on other items. The bedroom will most likely be her art room. We are also running out of space on our lot. We have large setbacks in our area and we have an easement at and angle behind us which is why the garage is shaped the way it is.

I haven't settled on a screen size yet but I'm leaning towards a 2.35 130-140 diagonal. Seating distance will depend on screen wall thickness. I still need to determine the speakers and the layout. I'd like to make the screen wall as thin as possible to increase the seating distance.
 

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I would only have the pony walls in place cheaply made for the inspection then remove them after the occupancy inspection.

In this theater there was a 24 inch drop and a hand rail was installed during construction, it was removed before the carpeting and and chairs installed and later the inspector had no issues.



 

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So the only way in to the house from the garage is through the theater?


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who parks their cars in the garage in southern California? without basements, garages turn into storage and workshops.


I guess I understand that...I just haven't seen a theater that was a "traffic area". That's all.


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I guess I understand that...I just haven't seen a theater that was a "traffic area". That's all.
It's a theater/media/family room. I was going to have three levels but I skipped the middle level because I would hate to walk down a step then back up each time.
 

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Forms are set. Just got to finish plumbing and electrical.


I posted a quick sketch of the floor plan. I have a few questions though.

How long should I make the steps? I want long and grand, but not awkward.

Also how to should run the underground conduit into the equipment room? Up through the wall? straight into the equipment rack? :confused:
 

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