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After lurking around the AVS forum for quite some time and having been working on my own build for over a year, I finally got up the courage to post-up about it. I say courage because I truly find this site to be intimidating (not to mention overwhelming). There are SO many great dedicated theaters on here, some downright awe-inspiring that I felt my build had nothing to offer.


I have been seriously thinking about adding this thread for the last few weeks. The two biggest factors that made me decide to post this build are 1) I think my situation and build is an every-man build. It is reasonably low-cost, multi-purpose and maybe while not fit to stand in the shadow of some of the builds here (sandman, big, dark knight - I could go on and on here), I feel that the average Joe will be looking to do something more along the lines of what we did and hopefully others will see you don't need a $150k dedicated HT to have fun! 2) Is a little more selfish. I'm not done with this project and have a few questions floating around in the back of my mind that may eventually need to be addressed. So I may be asking some technical questions along the way or looking for some advice.


I did not take nearly as many photographs of the progress of this build as many on here have done with their builds but I will post some. The nice thing about this one is that since I've completed much of the project I already have many photos to add to this thread.


I've seen no lack of advice for others on this site and I can tell you that's what kept me coming back here - people with a common-interest helping one another out!


I hope that I can at least get some interest in this build, maybe help others and even entertain you along the way! I will post reasons for this build, our goals, plans, etc. and will be happy to answer questions along the way!
 

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Welcome to the madness! I have been hooked on this hobby for several years now and I lurk on this forum most everyday and night when I am at work. I have not added a build post since I am moving at a snails pace but someday I will. Post pics when you can.
 

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Originally Posted by Family Time /forum/post/18137685


The nice thing about this one is that since I've completed much of the project I already have many photos to add to this thread.

So where are the photos?! Talk is cheap - time to put your photos where your .... um, mouth is! Sock it to us!


Just giving you grief. Welcome to the Mad House!
 

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Welcome to the worlds best place to get you AV needs met. Lot's of amazing advice and unlike life, in here size doesn't matter just the love of a common theme!
 

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Taking a break from building my A/V cabinet and thought I'd see if anyone at least looked at my thread! And to my surprise I even got some posts!! Thanks guys for welcoming my family onboard!!


Well, let's see how easy it is to upload some images. Seems logical to start with a "before" photo of the area. But since I cannot find a true before, I will start with these. Our water heater decided to begin to spew it's guts and a slow leak damaged the walls, floor, furniture and even some of the electonics in the family room. This is the very beginning of the clean-up efforts.


I LOATHE paneling! The rough-sawn cedar was a "good idea" but was installed like crap! Besides, that sucked up water faster than anything else down there!


These two show the north side of the room. The wall where I state the paneling used to be is the mechanical room (furnace, water heater). It is a huge room for those two things so it was our storage area as well.


The bar, while we thought was very cool when we bought the house, NEVER got used except to set-up the kids slot-car track, building models and general "I don't know where to put this so I'll put it here"! So with that mechanical room and the bar, there was little space left for anything else on that half of the room. I once had a 5-foot desk in the corner with my computer in the corner.

 

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These two pics show the south side of the room - the area big enough to actually be used!


The TV used to be on a stand on the left side of the fireplace. Looking back now I can't believe the difference!


Even before the water heater issue we had planned to remodel this area but that was the catalyst for this whole project. We even purchased a pool table well before this b/c we knew someone who was moving and we couldn't pass on the opportunity to get such a good deal.

 

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So far so good. Keep the pics coming.
 

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Finished my A/V cabinet a few minutes ago (more on that way later in this thread...) and taking another break. Looking at my last two post they have a file to click on to view the images. However, I see MANY guys on here with the photos right in the post.


I would much prefer to do that. I'm gonna guess that I need to have the photos hosted somewhere and I then need to link to them in the post??? If this is the solution - or if there is another solution - can someone please let me know.


Thanks!
 

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Welcome to the fray! I saw your post in another thread regarding the Klipsch speakers so I thought I would visit your build thread. You will like the Klipsches they are really nice speakers. The setup I have in the kids media room is my first "true" surround sound setup and when I watch a movie I still grin ear to ear! They perform nicely. I went ahead and purchased the Sub 10 that is the recommended sub to go along with the Quintets and have really liked it as well. It does not have as much punch as a Epik, SVS, or ED sub, but for my first setup it is more than adequate. I'm guessing you will want to upgrade that Sony sub pretty quickly when you get up and going.


Again welcome, post lots of pics, and ask lots of questions, we are here to help and spend your money!


Regards,


RTROSE
 

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I sketched up a floor plan using Unigraphics NX. I have some 3D modeling done with UG as well, but may import into SketchUp so I can create some files like everyone else has seen.


This is the room layout prior to the build. As you can see, the mechanical room and the bar took up quite a chunk of this area. I really don't like the way this level of the house is laid out. Would you NOT put the laundry and mechanical room at the same end of the house? There is a dual-crock sump system in the lower left corner of the Laundry Room - in the closet.




We strongly considered adding a spa-tub somewhere in the basement. The wall between the bath and the laundry room is the "wet wall" and with all the plumbing being in the concrete, we felt that adding a spa-tub in the bathroom was just too much. I still have it in the back of my head somewhere that I may try to put it into the laundry room - we'll see!!
 

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Adding that photo was about an exercise in futility! For some reason the Link info given by Picasa does NOT work. I had to right-click on hit "Save Image Location" and post THAT in the Img file.


But...it worked!! Next... A few more tear-down pics!!
 

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The bar comes down!!




The WINDUP....




The HIT!!!




Notice the Air Hammer in my daughters hand - we would chisel around chunks of the bricks and then knock it down!




Funny - the kids have hardly been seen on this project after the completion of the destruction!!
 

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ha, funny. my friends were the same way.
 

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These show the wall opposite the fireplace where the hall and staircase are (see previous photo).


The first is here because it shows the beam (at the top) that spanned the gap from the staircase to the wall of the mechanical room. I mention it here because...well...because I have PLANS for this thing!!




These walls ALL has the paneling on them and once removed left behind the glue ridges. I made a short attempt to try to remove these before I deemed my life to be easier by just removing ALL of the drywall!!!




So, early on the discussion began with what, exactly, to do with this room. This is EASILY the most-used area of the house! Warm in winter (plus we had the fireplace which is great for ambience is nothing else!) and cool in the summer! The 36" Sony Wega was the biggest TV in the house and the most watched.


We knew we had the pool table but will we go with an LCD, Plasma, Projector?? Which wall is the best placement? Etc, etc.... We went back and forth as my "much too huge" plans (wife's quote) didn't align with her more "reasonable" approach!


She trusts me to handle all the construction and design but since she has veto powers, I had to sketch something up for approval by the Ways and Means committee (i.e. HER)! I asked her to draw something up and I'd compare. When I saw her plans I just said "um, I don't have anything drawn up yet!" But that was only b/c my plans were SO much different!! So, back to the drawing board - or in this case UG - to make plans more aligned with hers...


More on that next post...


Hope everyone is enjoying so far...
 

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If I've learned nothing else perusing these threads, I've learned that photos are king and words are cheap!! haha!! I am trying to select photos that show a continual timeline as well as those that can actually contribute to the overall



We are really getting into the meat of the tear-out now!!





The short studs in the foreground are from the old "return" on the bar. The wood stacked in front of the fireplace is all the rough-sawn cedar that was up all around the room.





The debate begins in this room. Does the TV go above the fireplace (centered on that brick wall) or on the wall on the right - to the right of that window? Hmmm...

 

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I am trying to select photos that show a continual timeline as well as those that can actually contribute to the overall

You're much more ambitious than me with wanting photos to contribute to the overall. I'm just too lazy to use words usually.
 

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You're much more ambitious than me with wanting photos to contribute to the overall. I'm just too lazy to use words usually.

Hahahahahahaha!!! I am NOT slow with the sarcasm, but I had to read that about three times before it made sense!! Ok...I see how it is! I mean just because
 

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Here are a few images of the very simple modeling I made just to see how things will "fit". The table looks a little close to my Flintstones couch!



The two biggest goals with the remodel are to extend the length of the opening between the two halves of the room. Doing this means we need to address the header beam that currently creates the opening AND the wall that is the Mechanical Room.


Our 28 year old furnace has spent it's usefulness and needed replaced along with the obvious water heater. So, we shrank the mechanical room to 40" meaning we gained over 4 feet of usable floor (40 sq. ft)!!! Woo hoo!! This doesn't even count what we gained from the bar removal!








The new smaller mechanical room with the displaced furnace. Double doors for entry. To the right of the doors we planned on an A/V rack, small refrigerator and some shelving including a shelf to hold a microwave.

 

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This shows that the wall was removed exposing the old furnace and new water heater.


I placed an ad on craigslist for the paneling that I removed. I actually got fifty bucks for all that paneling - yes - used! The guy wanted it for a rental home or something.







I seriously considered doing something with all of that rough-sawn cedar as well. Ultimately I placed an ad and got three times as much as I did for the paneling (kids de-nailed all the cedar).





Time to replace the old furnace. Being a Do-It-Yourself'er, I actually considered replacing the furnace and central air myself. After getting prices - I was convinced I'd have to in order to afford it - geez! Man, am I glad I did NOT do it myself!


We called a GREAT local heating and A/C company and they worked with us. They did a spectacular job with the installation and we've been VERY happy with it!!





Now...about that header beam...
 
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