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Long time viewer (almost) first time poster. I have enjoyed reading many of the HT construction threads over the past couple of years. My wife believes I have a problem; of course, I don't need to tell any of you that
Now, it's my turn to post some of our finished work. The basement project commenced back in January, 2009 and was complete in April, 2011. The project took me more than 2 years start-to-finish which includes design.


Although I am glad it's finally over -- like many of you -- I do enjoy home construction projects. Next project in the basement will be adding a 120" acoustically transparent drop-down in-ceiling screen with 3D projector over the winter. We live in Minnesota so having a dedicated entertainment space is great during the long winters.


Some of the A/V components included in this build are as follows: Onkyo 3008 AVR, Oppo 93 3D Blu-Ray, 64" Samsung TV (PN64D7000), 55" Samsung LED, (2) Niles 6-Spkr Selectors, (2) Polk LC265i's, (1) Polk LCi-C, (6) Polk LC80i's, (4) Polk LC65i's, (4) Polk Atrium7's for deck & patio, and (1) SVS PB13-Ultra.


I'll get some better photos of the bar this evening.





































 

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Wow, absolutely spectacular. The fit and finish is really impressive.


Just go ahead and send me a PM with your address. I now know where I'll spend December - March this year.
 

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Ha, thanks for the compliments. Like I said, it was a long 2+ years of weekends with some help along the way. In the end, it was worth it both in time and money -- we enjoy our new space almost daily. Besides, watching movies has become a weekly family activity.


We need to get the MN folks together for another happy hour.
 

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Fabulous! Was this a DIY project? If so, double fabulous!




Very clever and fun use of the space under the stairs for the kid cubby secret play area!
 

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Yes, this was a 99% DIY project. I started with literally hundreds of online photos and pieced together a design that made sense for us. We did alter our original designs a couple of times, which is only natural since the project took me more than 2 years to complete. I did have some help with HVAC and electrical.


Yes, thanks for the compliments. Our kids absolutely love their space under the stairs. I made it to feel like they are entering their own home with a place to hang their sweatshirts / jackets and kick off their slippers. There's a drainage pipe under that box so I had to build something there anyways.
 

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Thanks guys! It will be nice to sit at the bar this winter and watch some football although our Vikings will be lucky to be 8-8.
 

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Um.. so what do you do with the rest of the house? That basement is bigger than my entire house, and WAY nicer! Really great work, and hopefully you live atop a hill so you never get flooded!
 

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Nice work. Do you by chance have a floor plan?
 

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Yes, in fact, we do live at the highest point in our area
I installed a sump pump with battery backup just in case.


I do have a floor plan. I will send you it this evening. I don't have it with me.
 

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Here are some more pictures of the bar and bar mascot








Watching the MN Twins get beat again.

 

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Here some close up shots of the cherry wainscot. I wanted to do something different with the bar and routed the inside stiles so the glass tile would be flush. It's the same tile we used on the backsplash.



 

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Here's the last picture for now. Here's a photo of the speaker madness in the basement.

 

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Another Minnesotan! I am in Maple Grove, and am in the middle of my build. I have to say your space turned out amazing. Excellent fit and finish and attention to detail. You really nailed it (no pun intended). Too bad you can't watch the Twins in the playoffs this year, but there is always next year.


Enjoy!
 

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Thanks. We are right on the border of Woodbury and Cottage Grove. I'll have to look up your build thread. It's fun to see everyone's space before / during / after construction.
 

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Love the poker table - NICE WORK!!! Sucks about the race track. Must have been a gut-wrenching feeling when you found that in the morning!!


Will be returning as I want to look over the rest of the build. Spent most of the time looking at the table build - I too wondered about the reverse miter as I've done those before but also reverse-mitered the adjacent board where you have it cut square so it would be flush.


However, now that I see the pad you put on it makes perfect sense!!


Good job!!
 

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Pictures of the dartboard. This dartboard taunts you as you play; in fact, you might walk away wanting to throw yourself off a bridge after playing a game




 

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Thanks for the compliments. Yes, I have some photos pre-construction and during construction. I wish I had taken more during the build process, especially after changing the design in a couple of places and tearing down sheetrock after mud / tape and paint. Man, the look on my wife's face was priceless.


But, in the end, even she admits that it was the right thing to do to alter the design in those areas. It's hard to "think" of all the possibilities / features / functions from the beginning.
 

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Wow, this is gone off topic. Do you surf other people's build / finished threads and make similar comments? You realize you are NOT helping anyone on this board with those comments. If you have an axe to grind, I suggest you find some other forums to spew your political / class warfare / socioeconomic propaganda. And, besides, you NOTHING about me!


This board is a great resource for many to get ideas / suggestions / to be inspired. Many folks on this board have home theaters many times over what you see here. So, yes, I consider my home theater to be "modest". These photos were originally posted as a direct request from a few other members to help with ideas of their own. Do yourself a favor and worry less about others and more about yourself.
 
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