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Updated 11/18/2013:

The theater is pretty much done (as of November 2008). Here is an index to the most interesting parts and milestones of the thread. There are other interesting posts and pictures in between each step, but these are the ones that immediately jumped out as worthwhile to mention.


Thanks to everyone who helped in this 5+ month project!

Take the video tour! (24MB)

My theater was featured on Electronic House! (8/11/2009)
My theater was written up on HackedGadgets.com! (3/15/2009)

01/24/2007 - Started this thread. Posted first ideas and designs.
04/12/2008 - Permits pulled and design revised.
04/21/2008 - Lumber has arrived and the project starts for real.
06/16/2008 - Framing, conduit, HVAC, plumbing done.
06/25/2008 - Insulation, rough electrical done.
07/13/2008 - Drywall done.
07/20/2008 - Bathroom tile and paint.
08/11/2008 - Cabinets installed, picking out carpet and flooring.
08/17/2008 - Hardwood installed in Kitchenette.
08/25/2008 - Granite installed
08/31/2008 - Acoustic panels installed and the start of the screen wall. Put tint on sliding glass doors.
09/03/2008 - Kitchenette and bathroom complete. Starting to tackle basement stairs.
09/05/2008 - Carpet installed.
09/06/2008 - Speakers, screen and seats installed.
09/13/2008 - Stairs done.
09/25/2008 - Bass shakers installed.
10/30/2008 - Projector Installed
10/31/2008 - First screen shots.
11/02/2008 - More screen shots.
11/11/2008 - Movie posters framed and hung.
11/15/2008 - A few more finished pics.
12/02/2008 - Installed Littlites on the bar.
01/08/2009 - Popcorn machine and a finished rack!
03/14/2009 - Cleaned up the equipment closet a bit and my 1000th post!
04/05/2009 - Under cabinet lighting in the kitchenette.
04/24/2009 - Treated screen wall with acoustical cotton.
05/13/2009 - Built a new HTPC!

Final Equipment List:

Panasonic PT-AE3000 Projector

Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector   (upgraded 12/2012)

129" wide SmX ProLine Screen - 2.37:1


Denon 3808ci Receiver (retired)

Pioneer SC-1522-K Receiver  (upgraded 3/30/2013)

Playstation 3

Playstation 4 (new)

Sony BDP-N460 Bluray player + streaming media (netflix)

Sony BDP-S5100 Bluray player + streaming media (netflix)   (upgraded 4/3/2013)

Monitor Audio RS6 left and right front speakers

Monitor Audio RSLCR center channel speaker

Monitor Audio RSFX surround speakers

Monitor Audio RSFX rear speakers

SVS PC-13 Ultra Subwoofer


6 Aura Pro Bass Shakers

300 watt BASH subwoofer amplifier

Berkline 13175 seating


Nintendo Wii   (retired)

Comcast HD DVR

Verizon FiOS Multi-room DVR

Thecus N5200 NAS (1.5TB RAID5 network attached storage)


HTPC -
  • 2.7GHz dual core Pentium
  • 4GB RAM
  • GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H motherboard (geForce 9400 - HDMI)
  • 500GB hard drive
  • DVD +/-RW drive
  • Silverstone LC17B case
  • MS Entertainment Desktop 7000 keyboard/mouse
  • Mythbuntu (Linux)

 

Harmony One universal remote

X10 Powermid IR repeater




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Well... after a year and a half (almost), I've finally decided to start planning the basement theater. Not quite sure on when construction will begin especially since I have yet to finalize my plans. In fact, I'd love to hear feedback on my current sketches.


Some basics (updated 3/16/2009):

 
  • Finished width of the theater is approximately 13'4"
  • The final length of the theater comes out to around 32'
  • 7.1 surround sound
  • Acoustically transparent screen with 2.37:1 aspect ratio
  • Ceiling was drywalled with 2x3's used as furring strips to clear some copper plumbing.
  • Soffits/beam will be approximately 6'9" in height
  • Blue rectangles on the open wall in the pictures are a window and sliding patio doors.
  • Lighting will be primarily 4" can lights. There will be cove lighting (rope) around the soffits and as step lighting for the riser.
  • Seating is comprised of Berkline 13175's (two rows of three) and four bar stools.
  • Equipment rack would go under the stairs
  • Moving the lolly columns is not an option.

 

Update - 3/16/2009 - the information below is from the original post and contains some out of date information.


I'm not sure if I want a wet bar or not, but if I do it will have to be adjacent to the utility room for best access to the sewer pipe. I am also having a tough time deciding what do to in the rear of the theater (wall? wall with french doors? leave it open and just put heavy curtains over the sliding glass doors? Leave it open but continue the wall along the beam?).


I've also been playing with different sized utility rooms (from the entire corner to right up against the oil tank). My wife would like a good compromise of storage + usable space, though again, any sort of wet bar or plumbing should be adjacent to the utility room.


Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! See my attachments for the bare basement mock-up as well as a partially finished layout I've been playing with...


Thanks!

Chris (jamis)


 

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Some updated layout sketches....


The colors/carpet probably aren't what I'll use... I just wanted something consistent. The kitchenette/sink layout is also undecided, though the location is about where it will be with the drain going under the stairs to a gray water pump in the utility room. I will probably also put some overhead cabinets above the sink for glasses and such. There will also be a large euro-cave style wine cellar as well as a small (probably under counter) mini fridge (possible instead of the angled cabinet).


The aisles are just over 3' on each side of the riser and if I decide to do lighting or transducers in the riser, I will most likely come down from the ceiling though faux columns on the bar.


Any ideas or suggestions?






A few more mock-ups...

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Looks pretty good. Where will the wine cellar go? Also, have you thought about extending the the pass-through counter on the theater side to provide some additional bar seating?


Good luck with the project.
 

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Yep... Google SketchUp. www.sketchup.com



As for extending the bar, I had thought about doing a L-shape from the pass-through all the way across, but the wife liked having aisles on both sides. Even extending the counter there would potentially block that aisle.


My current thoughts on the wine cellar would be to the right of the sink (with some cabinetry around it to give it a built in look) where the angled counter is, or right next to the small closet that blocks off the water main. If i did the latter, i'd get a more furniture looking wine cellar.


I had thought about doing a walk in cellar adjacent to the utility room, but that would probably be overkill.
 

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I was motivated this morning and put a little more effort into the kitchenette layout. I'm liking this version much better...


I am particularly proud of my homemade EuroCave wine cellar.




 

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Another update... I've come around to widening the pass-through counter after realizing I could move the seats/bar forward a bit. In the drawing, the narrowest point between the pass-through counter and the bar is a hair under 36".


The front row is approximately 1.4X from the screen, the back row would be around 2.3X (reclined) and the bar at 2.5X.


I'm figuring berkline 880's for the first two rows... the berkline website suggests a minimum of 36" between rows. Is this 36" when fully reclined or simply to allow enough room to recline? Can anyone recommend a good riser depth for this line of seats? How about clearance in the back to recline?

 

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Back from the dead!


The permits have been pulled and I just bought an air compressor (17 gal Porter Cable... good for the sprinklers too!) and a three pack of nailing guns (frame nailer, finish nailer, brad nailer).


Some before pics to follow... now to figure out my lumber requirements and get to get started.



Looking down the length of the theater at the screen wall (tape lines subject to change.. I'm thinking of going CIH):




Future equipment closet/rack to go under the stairs as well as the gray water pump for the kitchenette sink. Kitchenette will be immediately to the left of the stairs with the pass-through into the theater:




Looking from the screen wall back:




The view looking through the kitchenette/passthrough. The doorway into the theater will be to the left of the left-most metal column:
 

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The project gets bigger... Adding a half bath.


This will require a macerating toilet. We were going to need at least a grey water pump for the kitchenette anyway.

 

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room deminsions and rack location are simillar to mine. it is nice that you have no HVAC to deal with. do you have boiler providing house heat? later.
 

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Were are you putting your equipment. 2 things I would do is either extend the bathroom to the back wall, or I would use that space behind the bath to put in an equipment rack. or I might move/rotate the bathroom.


edit. nevermind on the equipment rack part, I just looked at the pictures again. I would just move the bathroom some.


For the bathroom and sink look into this system I used. I didn't want to dig trenches. http://www.zoeller.com/zcopump/produ...ve/qwikjon.htm
 

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Originally Posted by sknyfs /forum/post/13644919


Were are you putting your equipment. 2 things I would do is either extend the bathroom to the back wall, or I would use that space behind the bath to put in an equipment rack. or I might move/rotate the bathroom.


edit. nevermind on the equipment rack part, I just looked at the pictures again. I would just move the bathroom some.


For the bathroom and sink look into this system I used. I didn't want to dig trenches. http://www.zoeller.com/zcopump/produ...ve/qwikjon.htm

I was looking at this for the plumbing system... the sinks for the kitchenette and bathroom would both tie into it.

http://www.saniflo.com/products/saniplus.asp


The rack will be under the stairs and the space behind the bathroom will be for some of the plumbing (probably the macerating/pump unit instead of directly behind the toilet in the bathroom) as well as access to the equipment. I can only move the bathroom back so far before the access panel would be adjacent to the rack itself and restrict access into the equipment area.


My side goal is to space the bathroom in such a way as to use 1' tiles with 1/4" grout lines and not have to cut a single tile.


As for WAF... she originally didn't want a half bath down there... I actually convinced her we should have it. Amazingly enough.. she is completely on board with this project (she watches more TV than I do...)
 

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room deminsions and rack location are simillar to mine. it is nice that you have no HVAC to deal with. do you have boiler providing house heat? later.

I am planning on either a mini-split heat pump, or a small ducted unit inside the utility room. Either shouldn't be too hard to manage. The mini-split would be cheaper, but I'd probably prefer the ducted unit so I can put a return in the equipment closet.


The boiler heats the rest of the house (forced hot water)
 

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Id make the bathroom bigger. Go all the way to the theater wall, and put a door into the back of your rack.
 

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Id make the bathroom bigger. Go all the way to the theater wall, and put a door into the back of your rack.

This is an excellent idea. I put the back of my rack into a closet and the extra room back there is rather helpful when adding equipment/rack maintenance tasks/etc.


This should be a cool build when done. Keep us posted along the way.
 

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The one reservation I had with extending the bathroom all the way back, was the plumbing (mostly, the drain).


As I have it laid out now, the drain for the sink in the kitchenette would run under the stairs and along the back of the bathroom wall in one practically straight run, tying nicely into the bathroom sink and finally the macerator/ejector pump from the toilet. If you look at the earlier drawings I have of the kitchenette, you'll see the sink location in relation to the bathroom and since the rack will be under the stairs, I can't move the drain pipe too far towards the theater.


If I move the bathroom all the way back (or change the layout), I have to work some magic with the plumbing. Running the pipes along the center wall will be difficult due to the metal lolly columns.
 

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well, then my idea of adding a window from the bathroom to the theater, so you dont miss any of the movie when nature calls, is probably a no go then.
 
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