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I've been lurking here for ~2 years; while I pondered how to finish my basement (and if I was up the task)?


After seeing the many succesfull projects on these forums, and the tremendous support and resources - I decided to go for it!


So I will start with a link that shows my earliest efforts of using sketchup. As you can see this is a large open rec room with a theater area. Yes; this is a compromise - trading acoustics potential for a larger more flexible space room:

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/d...youtSketch.jpg


The bottom of the sketch shows the area that is already under construction, the bathroom and potetnial bar area - thought I would take on the most difficult task first:

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/d...1-6181_IMG.jpg


The following links show my temporary "proof of concept" front PJ set up. I am using an older (free) HP/Optoma DLP, and a home made hanging screen. The idea was to test the WAF & get the family buy in. Whenever I get finished, 1080p projectors should be quite affordable:

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/d...1-6148_IMG.jpg
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/d...1-6146_IMG.jpg
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/d...1-6191_IMG.jpg


Thanks For Looking!
 

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This time with the actual photos (hey - I'm still learning).


Rough Sketch of my Layout:



Roughed In Bathroom (& Possible bar area)




Screen Wall:



Screen Wall with temporary projector:



Standard Def Broadcast Image (seeking WAF and selling the family on this concept):



Thanks for Looking (and the patience as I learn)

CuzEd2
 

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BIGmouthinDC,


Thanks! As for the elevated throne:


The original owner of this house did not spend the few extra $$ to have bathroom plumbing stubed into the concrete floor. Therefore I had a choice of busting the floor open OR for about $600.00 going with this pump/tank appartus.


It actually worked out well, I went with the lowest profile throne I could find and the end result is a toilet no higher than a handicap throne.


The photo immmediatly below shows the backside of the bathroom wall and the rest of the appartus.




Regards,

Cuzed2
 

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Wow! I am envious of that layout! It looks like you have a very nice start!
 

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Thanks for looking and the encouraging comments!

Some more updates and additional progress photos


In my effort to frame towards the theater/play room >I have sacrificed another 80 or so 2x4's.


Immediatly below is the open room adjacent to the theater area:




I have started a false wall with doorway access to cover the crawl space:




This view (was standing near the screen) was looking back into the play area showing my temporary equipment rack:




And this last photo was taken from the entrance of the new bathroom, it shows the rear of what will become my equipment closet:

 

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Good Afternoon,


I will follow this post with some photo updates, Since my last update I have now completed 90% of my basement framing. I am now at the point of framing my screen wall. I hope my question on the sketch below is clear.


In the upper RH corner, to the right of my screen, I will need to frame and box-in some plumbing, my water meter is in this space. This will result in a 22" wide x 6' deep bump-out to the RH side of my screen.


I'm thinking I might gain an acoustical advantage (at the cost of floor space) if I were to put a matching wall like structure to the LH side of the screen? What does everyone think, well this help acoustically?


I was also thinking of filling a portion of this hollow space to end up with bass traps?


I know this open floor plan is a bit of an acoustical compromise - I am just trying to make the best of it. Open to any and all suggestions


Thanks

CuzEd2 - Craig




In the photo below you can see the plumbing I needto box-in
 

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Hey Craig!


Yes, you have a great space for this! I was a little limited in my layout, but you have a lot of room to work with. That's always a good thing.


Great start so far. I know, it never goes as fast as you would like.


Keep posting the pics. I'll be following along.


Good luck on picking up some of those theater seats!
 

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Steve,


Thanks for looking and the kind words.

As for the theater seats - I have a call into Nancy's cell phone VM in orderto pursue some of these
 

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Craig,


I would build a box out to match the box out that you need for your water meter. It will help keep the focus on the screen vs it feeling "uneven" to the viewers. I did something similar to this for my wall opposite from my posts. I wanted it to look/feel even, so I built fake posts to match even though it wasn't needed. It just so happened to work out well for wall sconces!!



Another benefit of doing this is it will help keep light off of your screen wall that may come from the open game area. That happens to me when I have the lights turned on in the area that I'm planning to build a bar. Just another thought!!


Looks good....keep up the good work!!....and keep posting pics!




-Johnny
 

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Johnny,


Thanks for the opinion on this!


In fact; later last night I went down to the "hole" (as my wife calls it), and framed in the LH front-side to match. I agree the balanced look already looks better, and hopefully will be better for acoustics.


I also have a support column at the rear left side of the room - I will be disguising this by boxing into a rectangular pillar for a sconce light and my left-rear surrond speaker. I will then bump out the back portion of the RH wall to match.


Regards,

Craig
 

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JoeTIVo,


Thanks for the comments and the lead on the seats. I just talked to Nancy; I think she is getting me a meausrement. I have 82" of width for my backrow (adjacent to the entryway).


I "think" I can fit 3 of the theater seats. If you can share a measurement with me - it is definetly appreciated!


Craig
 

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You bet... I'll grab one for you when I get home this afternoon. If I would have known... I just came back to work from the house. I could have grabbed it there. Oh well.
 

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Sorry I didn't get this to you yesterday, Craig. I forgot all about it.



The four chairs I have measure 7 feet across from armrest to armrest. Individually, they measure about 23" from arm to arm, and three of them are 64" across.
 

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Steve,

First - Thanks for the detail on the theater seating.


To All,

I have done a bit more framing and have now acted on your various inputs regarding my question of how best to build out the screen area. I have now rough framed both the LH and RH sides of the screen area.


In the last photo you can see that I have also framed the RH side-wall from the screen back back thru the theater entrance and into the adjoining bar area.












Just donated $500.00 to Lowes buying my tile & supplies for the bath area - maybe I can get that looking like a real room by next weekend?


Regards,

CuzEd2 - Craig
 

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Been a while since I posted, but I think I may have one of the time more time-consuming rooms out of the way and done - the bathroom. 2 quick photos below.


Next up: Bending conduit and getting my electrical and lighting roughed-in.


Thanks for looking



 

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Been a while since I posted, but I think I may have one of the time more time-consuming rooms out of the way and done - the bathroom. 2 quick photos below.


Next up: Bending conduit and getting my electrical and lighting roughed-in.


Thanks for looking




Craig:


I have to admit that the I think the bathroom turned out really well! Great job. I just have to ask, and I noticed BigMouthInDC asked also... whats with the elevator toilet?


I'm not exactly sure how I want to finish my bathroom, but I like the tile-on-wall idea - I was also planning on tiling the floor.

Keep the progress coming!
 
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