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Welcome to the Wright Family Theatre

This is an edited post to provide an index to the thread to help find various aspects of the build quickly.


First a few current pictures of the HT


Screen Wall and view of seats and looking toward the rear Bar




The Bar and Ticket Booth faux Door to Equipment Closet



Equipment List

- Screen: DIY / Dazian

- PJ: Panasonic AE900U

- AVR: Denon AVR2807

- Front Speakers: Ascend 340 SE

- Surround Speakers: Axiom QS8

- Subwoofer: HSU STF-2

- DVD: Oppo OPD971H

- HD-DVD: Toshiba HD-A3

- Blu-ray: Samsung BD-P1500

- Verizon FiOS HD-DVR

- Power Conditioner: APC J10BLK

- Bass Shakers: Aura

- Bass Shaker Amp: Sherwood RX-4105

- Remote: URC MX-980

- Lighting: All Insteon controlled (KeypadLinc, Switchlink, ToggleLinc & IRLinc)

Thread Contents

1) Demolition Starts

2) Framing Underway

3) Conduit & Wiring

4) 1st Layer Drywall going up

5) Drywall Tapping/Mudding Hell over

6) Stage Construction

7) Some initial Sketchup renders

8) Proscenium Framing

9) Screen Wall Acoustic Treatments

10) Painted Ceiling

11) Start of Side Panel Frames

12) Start of Wainscoat Panelling

13) Bar doubling as a Resonant Absorber (Plan)

14) More Work on Wainscoating and Bar Absorber

15) Panelling Stained

16) Carpet Installed

17) Side Acoustic Panels and how I made them

18) Theatre Seat Planning

19) Proscenium Fabric

20) Crown Moulding & Rope Light

21) DIY Rack

22) Star Ceiling

23) Connecting PJ/Sub to Power Conditioner

24) Seats Unpacked and assembled

25) Bar Wood Laminate Floor

26) More Bar Progress

27) Movie Posters

28) Bar Canopy and here too

29) Bar Foot Rail

30) Ticket Booth / Faux Equipment Room Door

31) Exit sign

32) Small Marquee

33) URC MX-980 Remote

34) Screen with Velvet Border

35) Concession Stand

36) Bar Shelves

37) Final Finished Pictures

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Thought I’d start sharing my plans and welcome any constructive feedback.


I have a unfinished space in my basement that at its extremes measures 25’ 9” x 15’. The space is roughed in for a Bath. Here are pictures and current floor plan.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k2...-12Mar06-1.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k2...-12Mar06-2.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k2...Unfinished.jpg


The space will be used for watching movies, playing cards and general socializing – plus I have 11 and 8 yr old girls who love performing so a stage is essential. This is my current thinking on layout.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k2.../HTLayout1.jpg


I plan on doing all construction myself (including electrics and plumbing), I need to complete a few more Honey Do’s and get my county permits before starting – I anticipate starting the stud work in April.


I intend to use R30 Insulation / 1/2" Drywall / Green Glue / 5/8” Drywall on the ceiling. For the walls as 3 are 9” concrete (underground) and the other adjoins a general recreation room - so I’m going to start with R13 Insulation with 5/8” Drywall and then see how noise traverses – the rooms directly above are a dining room and lounge that are seldom used. If required I’ll add another layer of drywall and possibly Green Glue.


For the electrics I’m considering 5 new circuits (I have 200A supply with about 10 spare slots). Here is the current plan:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k2...lectrical1.jpg


As for overall looks I’m leaning towards a style similar to Chris Armbruster but I’m sure the limited width I have at the screen end will mean some compromises.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=535413


Now for the Equipment – I’m sure it will be many, many months before I will need to finalize my equipment but this is my current shopping list:


- Projector: Infocus IN76, BenQ 7700 or Optoma HD72

- Receiver: Denon AVR-3806

- DVD: Oppo 971H (waiting a little longer for the DVD war to conclude)

- Speakers: Mordaunt-Short Advant 900i Series or Axiom Grand Master 175


I’m sure the above list will change as new product come onto the market, I gain more knowledge and get to demo.


I would like to implement a 7.1 system but as there will not be a wall at the rear of the main viewing area I think I may need to use recessed speakers (which I didn’t want to do as it will break the sound envelope)……alternative is to ceiling mount but I think my speaker choice (MS Advant 902i) may be a little large for that – any advice here will be appreciated.
 

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If your HT ends up half as nice as carmbruster's you'll have done good! Your girls will love that stage.


Your basement space looks very similar to my entrance/bathroom/stairs/electrical panel layout. I'm just past Leesburg if you want to check out my HT for any tips or lessons learned. I highly recommend looking into Linacoustic sound treatment on the walls. I can give you a local source for it... best $140 I spent.
 

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another neighbor chiming in...


i think that the space that you've got is going to be tight for everything you want to do there. the card table looks to be a choke point for getting anywhere on that side of your basement. you also need to consider where the PJ is going to live. i also think that your bath is going to be very tight. the shower enclosure's door is either going to open into the WC or swing right across its bow. either way, i would reconsider whether you need that full bath.


i've been too ambitious with my plans and have scaled back several times. a cramped space just isn't very comfortable.


when you pull the permits, be prepared to spend a couple of hours at the county bldg. builders are elbow to elbow in there, however the folks behind the counter are reasonable and took pity on me with there paperwork. you'll need to have a count for all of the plumbing fixture, electrical outlets, circuits and fixtures and you'll also have to draw a sketch of the space on their paperwork. it cost me $250 to pull my permits.


anyway... best of luck to you and please keep the thread updated.


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and yet another neighbor.....


I'm also located here in Ashburn and about halfway through my HT project (and basement remodel) if you need any advice, ideas or motivation.


Regards and good luck,


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when you pull the permits, be prepared to spend a couple of hours at the county bldg. builders are elbow to elbow in there, however the folks behind the counter are reasonable and took pity on me with there paperwork. you'll need to have a count for all of the plumbing fixture, electrical outlets, circuits and fixtures and you'll also have to draw a sketch of the space on their paperwork. it cost me $250 to pull my permits.

Aaron, did you get your permit in Leesburg? It took me 10 minutes... of course I already had a printout of the visio floor plan from the link in my signature:



They just stapled it to the form and looked at me like it was overkill.


IIRC, I paid $130 for my permits but my plumbing was already done by the builder.


And yes, the floorplan and seating arrangement is always much smaller in real life than it looks on paper.
 

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Aaron - from my screen name you are probably aware I'm from the UK. So as you might expect I get my fairshare of visitors. The adjoining Rec area doubles as a overflow bedroom (has a sleeper sofa) so the Bath is a must. The shower model I'm looking at using enters from the corner.

http://www.sterlingplumbing.com/onli...num=SP2271A-38


I've taped out area on floor and it seems to work.


I agree about the card table being a choke point - the actual table will be much smaller. My card table is a foldup / stoway kind so can be pulled out as needed.


Looks like we have quite a club here in Northern VA......I have another friend who is just scoping his HT in a pre-finished area. Be good if we can get together to discuss. PM your email address if your interested.....especially interested about the permits. I have the forms and already prepared the simplified plan - the more detailed versions are for my benifit.
 

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Looks like we have quite a club here in Northern VA......I have another friend who is just scoping his HT in a pre-finished area. Be good if we can get together to discuss.

Check out the "DC Area Home Theaters" thread, too...
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&goto=lastpost
 

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Clarence,


Where did you purchase Linacoustic locally?


Right now I'm about 1 week away from the sheetrock phase of my project. After that it will be right on to acoustic treatments and I haven't found a local source for Linacoustic yet.


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If any of you locals that have been thru the permit process are willing to meet I'd really appreciate it. Also to discuss where you are in your project and lessons learned.


Cheers, Mark
 

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Aaron, did you get your permit in Leesburg? It took me 10 minutes... of course I already had a printout of the visio floor plan from the link in my signature:


They just stapled it to the form and looked at me like it was overkill.


IIRC, I paid $130 for my permits but my plumbing was already done by the builder.


And yes, the floorplan and seating arrangement is always much smaller in real life than it looks on paper.

Clarence-


Funny thing is that I went in with detailed plans too. I was told that they not what was required, so I had to draw a pethetic representation of the plan on their bldg permit form. I wish that it had taken only 10 mins... there was literally reps from 8 or 10 builders in there pulling permits. I hadn't filled out the electrical and plumbing apps, as they are not oniline, so those took a bit for me to over estimate the counts. I was issued a stern warning about under-estimating fixtures, outlets and circuits as I would be forced to revise the app if I shorted the count.


The folks there were pleasant, but it wasn't a user-friendly experience. I've pulled permits in other jurisdictions before, but never in a spot where construction/growth has overwhelmed the government as is the case in Loudoun.


Another tip... don't even touch your cellphone. Their use is expressly forbidden and the employees there aren't shy about screaching about it.


My $250 tab was probably more than the norm, as I'll be installing a sub-panel which had it's own fee schedule (maybe $75?).


Best of luck to everyone.


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If any of you locals that have been thru the permit process are willing to meet I'd really appreciate it. Also to discuss where you are in your project and lessons learned.


Cheers, Mark


What did you have in mind?


I'm carpet shy of a finished theater but I'm on a several month path to complete the back end of my space with entertaining kitchen/bar. Need to have that further along so that the flooring for the space can go in.


I did the Fairfax county inspection route and found it relatively easy. I went in with a hand drawn set of plans that didn't have the electrical circuits shown and it wasn't a problem.


Here is where I am today:




 

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same here, we got our building permit in the leesburg city (loudoun county) office building about 2 months ago. We had detailed VISIO diagrams but were told to hand draw in the plan onto a permit form. so much for being prepared.


Also we only paid something like $70. I got the impression the fee was based on estimated total cost of renovation. My wife actually stood in line with our general contractor, took about 30 minutes.


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Sorry I got into this thread late....


Is Ashburn in Fairfax or Loudoun? I went to Loudoun on a Friday afternoon in January to pull permits and it took less than 30 minutes. And most of that was filling out the forms. I had pre-filled the on-line form but they don't use that. I also had a drawing from Punch! (with floorplan scanned from the original builder's sales brouchure) and they didn't want THAT either. Just sketch out the floorplan and label spaces. They didn't even need a drawing of where the bathroom will go.


The counter people were really nice and helpful. I''ve had Loudoun inmspectors out for other things that I've had done around the house they've been pretty nice too. I'm getting close to my first inspection. If anyone is interested, I'll post a new thread about it when it happens.


Good luck Brit...there's a TON of great help around the area. Just ask!


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Ashburn is in Loudoun County, just east of Leesburg.
 

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Things are going so slow. We spent a month looking at cabinets.


It took me 10 days to get an appointment with a person who could spec out the cabinets we want. (Luxor out of Canada)


After that meeting she said (Tart Lumber) that it would take her 2 weeks to pull the quote together. (that would be this Friday)



Then the cabinets will take 10-12 weeks. OY!!!!


We want painted european style cabinets and the only vendor we found that had a stock color we liked was Luxor.


I even e-mailed them asking if there was another local vendor and no response.



So I'm working on the stairway, and drywall prep (need to change the location of some lights) and I'm going to tackle a Poster Box (see the thread over in Accessories)


We also have a design concept for the back bar which will go in front of the back wall area. It will have a radius front edge to reflect the marque and will be upholstered in dark blue vinyl to match my chairs. I'm going to try to do a button tufted padded front to the bar. Found the vinyl at JoAnns.


And we haven't even started working on the bathroom!!!!
 

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I think I've got all the forms ready - will try to get down to the country office later in the week. I'm going to complete the main sections and then get counter staff to guide me with the rest.

Billmac - I think we may have a daughter in same 5th Grade class. Ask her if she has a Brit in her class - small world!
 

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BIGmouthinDC - your set up is looking really cool. I like the style - but alas I think I need to add same swags to cater for my predomently girlie house.
 
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