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You could bring your wife by my theater and I will change her mind about the AT screen. Most wives can not envision what it mite look like until they actually see it done so it really helps to see one finished
With a AT screen you could hide your electrical panel behind the screen plus you really don't need a stage but they look cool so why not
 

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After taking my wife to Scott's house, she started getting excited about the theater I was building. His is on one end of the extreme and it is VERY nice! I had no issues with doing an AT screen and a stage after the wife watched part of movie there. The stage just sets it off, but as Scott said, it's not a necessity.


Keep posting them pictures, I know you're further along than that!
 

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I know I could take her by your screen and theater, but then she will just want to move into a house double our price, and we can't have that until our student loans are paid off.


Anyways, we will have to...mojave is in Elkhorn too....


More pictures.....


So, I'm about 1/2 to 2/3 done with my theater, but what a great time to start posting pics and getting help!



The prior owners had painted the insulation board white around the external sides of the room and the cement floor gray.


Start of framing:



**There will be a kitchenette or bar area on the left and a bathroom on the right; fridge near the stairs; AV rack in either the sump closet or....**




**Looking towards the stairs and HVAC closet area/potential AV rack area**




**Future screen location....electric panel in the way but will figure it out...thinking of AT and a stage but Wife nixed the idea...room isn't dedicated! She makes 1/2 the money so....**




**Another view**




The room isn't too large overall, not including HVAC closet....15 x 32 (wider on the bathroom side)...luckily have 9 ft ceilings....


More to come....
 

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So after most of the framing is done....(notice the nice green summer grass outside)....decided the AV rack should go in the HVAC closet, so easy access (copying jamis theater and others ideas....)


*Rough outline of blue tape for projector hang ~16 ft, and screen layout*




*Rack frame-out and HVAC closet access*




*Rack frame with smurf and 2- 20A circuit runs*

(Should have done larger smurf.....)

 

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At this point, the following was my HT equipment....


158"? Da Lite Screen (pulldown)

Optoma HD72 projector

5.1 HTIB Panasonic



After deciding on getting rid of the HTIB and Da Lite Screen, I thought I could at least use the 720p Optoma since the picture quality was quite awesome to this point.....can always upgrade, right?
 

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I bought the 1/2"? instead of 3/4" smurf tubing..and subsequently bought a fishtape to run almost all of my wire due to the small diameter. Lesson learned.


**Electrical ran. Can lights hung. Smurf tubing ran. Lots of work in...a few weekends to wire and run tubing**





**AV Rack, Closet, Surround, Stairway up (basement theater), plywood for AV closet (no conduit ran for electrical, for code reasons needed plywood if I remember)**




**The PITA electrical panel. My electrician buddy finally gave in to running the small panel instead of REPLACING my entire 125A panel with a 200A. In the long run he would be right, but we are talking getting inspected, extra $$, etc for a new panel. I wanted the small panel on the wall to the right for my screen's sake, he wouldnt budge because it would "look stupid". I call it a draw.**




**Rear of room. Will have a kitchenette, and bathroom. Bathroom electrical ran and rough-ins capped. Looking at cabinets, showers; didn't know how much a PITA the shower would end up being......(no walkout in basement)**

 

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Man! Lot's of Nebraskans on here as of late which s great to see, but where the heck are all the Kansans??? C'mon Kansas...it's time to represent!



On another note, AT screens and not just esthetically pleasing, but also very beneficial for biological reasons as well.
 

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I took these pictures and they are saved in pretty HQ. Do I need to make them smaller when posting? Seems like people like to see larger and more detail.


How do I get my "theater thread" in my sig? I'll have to figure that out soon too.


Does everyone set a deadline for their theater (mine was the Big XII Championship....) and not make it?


Now I'm looking at the superbowl. Hopefully my speakers will be shipped by then!


Edit: Will get the majority of the rest of the pictures up tonight...and then the selfish questions!
 

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What I wouldn't give for 9 foot ceilings. I keep pushing my deadline back too, I'm shooting for the superbowl but the budget is running low this time of year so I'm thinking realistically I may make opening day of baseball season. I put my link in my sig but for the life of me can't remember how I did it. I think it was in your preferences section in the usercp.
 

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Great to see your build.


Couple of things:

- big windows -- I actually boarded up one of my basement windows during the build (much to my wife's dismay, but it is my man cave)

- agree with larger smurf tubing. See JapanDave's thread with great runs

- for inspection ask about covering up the electrical box with screen -- see my contemplation of that in my HT build thread

- If I did it over again I would go with an AT screen


I look forward to more pics!


Mike
 

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If possible, I'm going to try and move this thread to the proper place in the other sub-forum.


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=29


Down the road I might be able to do built-ins around the speakers and screen......with velvet and wood build...not sure if I have room now where the AV Rack hole is to come out from the wall for an AT screen...Think I'd want about 18 inches but only have 8" or so!


Thanks for the advice, Mike!



Edit: Sig link solved, thanks guys.
 

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**Stage at where we had fun running more HVAC, stereo wire for the bar/bathroom ceiling speakers, and blockouts for all of the probable speaker locations**


**Split off some HVAC supplies to the main floor, good thing I'll be covering that up with drywall
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**Using the soffit to hide HVAC runs and bathroom exhaust fan, also ceiling speaker wire**






**Electrical run for projector, HDMI for projector ran through 2.5" gray conduit, blockouts for potential projector placement (should have put some behind the soffit on the ceiling....blockouts for heights/center in distance**





Some things I wish I had done differently: Maybe placed the screen on a different wall....maybe the interior wall opposite the egress window....negative was that the bar seating wouldn't happen/or you couldn't see the screen from anywhere in the room....but could have had 2 rows of seating and maybe a game table...


Wife wouldn't have had her storage area though, which is a must in our 1800 sq ft house with kids....
 

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I was going to go the cheap route and get the large uncut batts of insulation, but instead opted for the "vapor barrier" rolls of JM. They cost more, but I have pretty weak skin that hates itchy things, so comfort overruled money here.


**Lowes had a special prior to Halloween that gave you a $150 gift card for how much I needed.**


Screen Wall with blockouts for mounts. At first it may look funny, but after hearing heights +5.1 vs without, I was sold. My center is above the screen due to the fact my screen will be low to the ground ~ right above the center outlet.


So, across the top you have the Heights and Center, the L/R, and Sub 1 (orange left box) and Sub 2 (blue right box). I only ran 12 ga speaker wire behind the studs, should have ran both RCA and 12ga. Planning on the CHT CS 18.T package most likely....


Additional panel is 60A, 40? of which is going to the AV Rack.




I tried to do the ceiling as tight as possible, but I'm not planning on this being anywhere close to soundproof. R-19 in ceiling, R-13 in walls.




Blockouts for surrounds and projector visible. Insulated the bathroom walls as well to try and help with sound control.






I had roughly 15 rolls of both left over, so I attempted/succeeded in putting them in the crawl space between the garage and kids bedrooms above it. To help with a) winter insulation issues and b) garage opener noise. After crawling all over, getting multiple bruises and cuts, it doesn't seem the insulation helped with either! Fail.
 

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Drywall went up right around Halloween as well. I found a guy that did the entire basement, ceiling, cleaned up the stairwell plaster, all materials-- for $1300. Ridiculous good job; especially on the windows that were looking pretty beat up. Highly recommend for any Omaha/Lincoln guys not wanting to do it yourself.


Looking back at future cabinet/bar/bathroom/fridge....




Larger view of room looking from screen side. I was going to put wall sconces on, but my electrical buddy convinced me we would have enough light with 15 6" recessed cans, so I listened. My wife also wasn't a big fan, since we couldn't put too much on the walls if we had sconces in the way.




I wish I would have known that the dust would get through ANYTHING. Our furnace quit lighting because a safety override switch noticed the filter was full of the junk (had changed it the DAY before they walled). I also covered everything in the storage room with 2 ply but it still got covered. I finally mopped everything up this week because the daily tracking of dust was affecting the home relations!

 

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Looking into the bathroom and adjacent refrigerator. I wanted a full fridge in the basement with water hookup, and the only spot was next to the stairs...instead of opening to a wider look as you walk down the stairs, we had to throw the wall up, but ended up using the space well.


3/4 bathroom (32x46 shower).


I also liked Jamis HT a lot, I believe he had the can light above the fridge.




The only cheap alternative for recessed stair lights (other than low voltage stuff) around here seemed to be the Juno ones as you see here. I have three going up the stairs, and they were easy enough to install between studs. I also debated getting some kind of graphic eye or alternative, but will probably just go with regular dimmers.




I don't know why, but I put the outlet for the projector towards the ceiling, and the HDMI run ending on the soffit. I think the projector will end up being in between, but I should have done that better. I'm otherwise happy with all of the locations for outlets and speakers. I can still do a crown molding on each side of the large soffit down the road and have outlets for rope lights on each side.

 
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