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UPDATE: 11+ years later, I managed to find a way back to this thread. The build has been done for a while, but thought I would provide the video done by House & Home that showcased the basement...

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After lurking for quite a while and finally joining up last month, I thought I would start up my build thread for our upcoming basement project.


We're moving next week into a new home. It's a bungalow, with approx. 2,000 SF, with a basement that is essentially the same footprint. And the basement has 9' ceilings. It's new to us, but 22 years old. We've got 2 kidlets, boy turning 6, girl turning 2, so they are obviously a big factor in our design decisions!


I thought I would start this off by posting pics of our current family room setup - all of this equipment will end up in the kids' playroom in the new house.


This is a pic of our "entertainment center". The cabinetry was purchased from Woodcraft, and it holds:
  • Sharp 37" LCD (with 1/8" clearance on each side!)
  • Yamaha RX-V650 AVR
  • Bell XpressVu HD STB
  • XBOX 360 (for games and DVDs)
  • Wii
  • Energy fronts and center, Denon sub and rears

I also hard-wired CAT5 for hooking up the XBox to our home network, so we stream movies to it from our iMac in our home office.



Here's the other side of the room. I built all of the cabinetry (as I intend to do in the new place) and wired the room for 7.1, although we never hooked up more than 5.1. Not a great shot of the wall 'cause it's full of boxes - we're moving in a week!



The leather chairs are recliners and really comfortable. They'll probably end up in our main floor family room in the new place.
 

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During our last visit to the new place, I took some quick measurements of the main basement area, and started a (very) rough mock-up using Sketchup...


Here's what we're thinking might be a good set-up. Obviously its not a dedicated home theater, but we wanted to create some usable zones in the basement area. I am going to be building the cabinetry to run on 3 walls, including the hallway to the walk-in closet (including 2 built-in desks). The main room area measures 25'x18', with the bar area being 14'x15'. The hallway near the home office, playroom and closet is 12' long x 7' wide.


Here's a shot of the proposed theater area:


The screen drawn here is 92", and the seating area would put people at about 10-12' from the screen.

The door to the left of the screen is to the furnace room, and the blue box above that door represents the bulkhead for duct work that runs along the ceiling. Here's an actual picture of the space I took during our home inspection:


The existing french double doors are going to be moved over to the right.


I've done some homework on equipment and stuff, but I am going to be changing my mind many times over the next few months as this comes together. Flooring and cabinetry will come first, so I am expecting the home theater portion to happen in early 2010. I've already got a CEDIA-certified technician on board to help with design considerations, as well as some (probably most) of the installation.


I'll keep posting over the next months with updates. Please feel free to leave comments/suggestions/criticisms as I have found this community to be incredibly knowledgeable and useful in this kind of build!


Cheers,

B
 

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B,


OK; I'll be the first of many that will likely comment.


Looks like a nice space, and no doubt your layout looks like a good start. And 9' ceilings - you are indeed lucky


I am sure you will hear from "Big Mouthin in DC" >> Be sure that you value his inputs - he knows his stuff very well, and was most helpful in my earlier phases (even more so > if I would have taken all of his advice



P.S> I'm subscribed
 

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Just make sure that you are really OK with your HT in such an open area > thinking about the traffic that will go thru your area to get to the other rooms...

Good point, and one we'll definitely have to consider, since the screen will likely end up on a wall in a hallway. If it does go there, it'll be a fixed screen with in-wall speakers...


The bathroom downstairs is to the left of the furnace room, behind the stairs (didn't draw it in since I don't yet have proper measurements). Hopefully, people will be polite enough to take the long way around the sofa if they need a pee break!


Can't wait to get in the house and start planning this stuff out. 4 days to go to possession!
 

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Before I box up the playroom today, I thought people might get a kick outta seeing it, especially my son's LEGO collection...


 

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So we went in for our final visit before moving to make sure the house was as we expected. I grabbed a few more rough measurements, and took a few more pictures...


Here's the updated Sketchup with some added rooms:



This shot gives a good sense of the space that will end up with the projector and seating. The projector will end up likely near where the current light fixture is (the previous owners had a pool table there).



After checking out the furnace room today with a more critical eye, we agreed that the equipment will be going under the stairs, and will be visible/accessible through the wall here:



Here's a better view of it in Sketchup:



Here's a view looking back towards the stairs and the current bar setup:



Here's the current bar that I will be rebuilding:



Not much more to share - just packing boxes getting excited about moving...
 

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That's a NICE wide open space..... with 9' ceilings to boot...... Color me envious!



PS, that's a lot of legos!
 

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There's going to be a fair amount of deconstruction, but hopefully nothing structural. The carpet is DEFINITELY going, to be replaced with a platon/osb subfloor and laminate (or engineered hardwood) floor. The bar is going to be redone, and we're moving some door openings around. Oh yeah, we're going to have to do a whole new lighting plan, 'cause the cans in there now are near useless. Hopefully we won't have to tear down the ceiling, but I'm not optimistic on that.


I'm going to build the cabinetry myself, and that'll be done in the coming months... that's why the theater part of the room probably won't happen until the new year (trying to be realistic). And we're going to have to find a place to put all the LEGO! My wife's "craft room" is going to become the LEGO room until my 20-month old learns to keep them outta her mouth...
 

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With the platon, I used 2 different widths of rolls to allow me to line up certain cuts and trimming to minimize waste. I would recommend going mainly with the widest roll available and then picking up a roll of 4' (depending on your dimensions) to use as filler/spacer. There is nothing worse then trimming 5' off a 8' roll.
 

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With the platon, I used 2 different widths of rolls to allow me to line up certain cuts and trimming to minimize waste. I would recommend going mainly with the widest roll available and then picking up a roll of 4' (depending on your dimensions) to use as filler/spacer. There is nothing worse then trimming 5' off a 8' roll.

Good advice - exactly why I invest time in these forums!
 

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There is nothing worse then trimming 5' off a 8' roll.

I agree, but if you are trying to keep the cost down, you can use that 5' you trimmed off for your other filler. That's what I did at least, and I have some left over after only needing to buy one roll of 8'x65'. Obviously, it will depend on your layout and how the big roll will fit. I did a drawing on a piece of paper to plan it out before ever buying anything.
 

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Plan? pffft plan shman, thats just crazy, I like to wing it and hope for the best.

That's usually my "plan" as well...I guess you haven't seen my thread yet. I'll have to go through and see how many "edits" were made to my original thinking along the way. I'm not done yet, so plenty of room for more.
 

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I used to be from the school of "wing it" too, until I had to pack up my workshop downstairs and move 9 2x4s and a couple of sheets of 3/4" plywood... I always figured, "I'll use 'em somewhere"!


BTW, I've been enjoying your thread, jpdeuce. Was good to see some in-progress reports of laying down the platon and sub-floor...
 

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Well, we got the keys today, so the house is officially ours (as is the debt that comes with it!). We're bridging for a week to move rather than try and do it all in a day, especially with 2 kidlets in the picture.


Overall, the house was left in decent shape. The previous owners moved out over 2 weeks ago, but left a few things behind I wish they would have taken. Who leaves a 12 gallon aquarium on the back deck?? I also had the pleasant surprise of finding a mouse in the basement storage room - he didn't stay long. I guess I should think of it as good luck since I killed a mouse the first day we took possession of our old house, and things worked out pretty well there!


The basement was pretty musty, though. There is a sump pump in a "cold room", and it smelled a little "woofy". Am thinking that I might get a de-humidifier this weekend to try and get some moisture (and smell) out of the basement. I may also have to consider venting that room, but hopefully not since it is below grade, and I'm not sure where I would vent it to.


The carpet is definitely going. It's pretty nasty after what appears to be years of partying and the accompanying spills.


So we are starting to move stuff over now. My wife and her sister are taking over kitchen stuff while I stay home with the kids and surf the interwebs, since they're asleep now.


Of course, I end up checking out this forum, and end up in my endless debate with myself over HT set-ups, equipment decisions, and overall excitement about getting into some new projects.
 

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That's a pretty great space you've got there. My wife and I (before we had 2 'kidlets') looked at bungalow's in Burlington, mostly south east Burlington, but none with 9' ceilings! Good luck with your build!
 

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That's a pretty great space you've got there. My wife and I (before we had 2 'kidlets') looked at bungalow's in Burlington, mostly south east Burlington, but none with 9' ceilings! Good luck with your build!

We're near Walker's and Spruce - moved to be in the Tuck cachement area for the kids' school... I grew up in west end Toronto (Etobicoke) and my wife grew up in Burlington. They're pretty similar suburbs. I really like Burlington except for the traffic on the QEW...
 
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