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We just moved into a new house about a month ago. Its just a starter home, so its nothing big. I was planning on putting all my A/V equipment upstairs in the spare bedroom, then my wife found out she was pregnant again. So now I need to do something with the basement.


The basement is small, with shorter ceilings, so I don't know if my options are limited. I just need a room where I can set up my plasma tv and speakers for now. I might in the future plan to do a full projector install with screen. I might wait to go full out in our next home, as we only plan to stay here about 5 years or so.


I'm very new to building and designing home theaters, but I have read tons of info on it. I just don't even know where to begin. Basement is a full blank canvas right now. Any help or suggestions would be awesome. I've attached a sketch up drawing of my basement and tried using dimensions. This is my first time ever using sketch up so it's not the best I don't think. The room in the back corner is a bathroom that was there when we bought the house. It's no in the best shape, so I can demo or redo layout of it if needed.




I've listed two sets of measurement for the outside foundation walls. My father in law reinforced the basement walls and added drain tile. He used steel I beams to straighten out brick foundation on house. So I would need to use 2 x 6's to hide them behind the wall, that is why measurements are 5 1/2" shorter all around. I would also use insulation sheets between each I beam before sealing up. Not sure what else I would need.



I can also take actual pictures of basement if that will help as well. I can give other dimensions if needed. I'm not sure what other information I'm missing or that is needed. If theirs anything, let me know. Thanks for all the help
 

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I see room for a 10x15 ft room between the stairs and the wall next to the bathroom. One row of three seats, door at the bottom of the stairs.


If you had the coin you might move the support pole on the right of the diagram, not sure about available head room. but you could get maybe a 12x20ish room
 

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BigMouth. Yes, that rea would be about 12 x 20 when all done. I forgot to add that in the back corner of the basement, the top right hand corner of my drawing, is my sump pump pit. Ceiling height seems to vary in different spots of the basement. Average is about 82" but some spots are 86" some 83". I believe it being an older house that over time the joists probably settle and the middles start to sag a bit.


I'm not sure whether I want the room on the right side or the left side of the basement. I'm learning more towards the area by the bathroom as I can incorporate it into things, and leave other side open for storage and utility access?


I haven't thought about moving the support pole, didn't know that was an option. I could probably add one just to the right of the steps going out and one about 6 inches from foundation wall or so, and then incorporate it into a column that would match the rest of the room?


I was also thinking of somehow incorporating that bathroom into the layout and possibly a bar area? I know space is limited and the layout isn't the best.


I would be doing this on a budget also. Would have to do it in stages.


I haven't the slightest idea what the best layout would be to even begin framing it up or where to stick equipment. Make rack enclosure under the stairs with access to the back of it?
 

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I've been experimenting some more with Sketch Up. I added some walls to my layout. I also added some room color and floors. I did one with poles showing, and one with the poles covered up, and converted into a half wall for a bar or lounge area.


I still am undecided on best layout and how to incorporate the bathroom the best. This layout shows me making the bathroom a bit larger and closing off the the appliances down there into a utility room. I also turned under the stairs into a media cabinet area and had it be accessible.


Any thoughts on this? I'm still going to make more adjustments and play around a bit and add furniture and some other items before attempting this build. Would you lay this out different? Turn half-wall I built and make that into a hallway somehow, that would lead from lounge/bar area to the bathroom?


Following are different views of layout to give a feel for how it would look








This is the layout if I hid pole and made it a half-wall

 

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Here is a pic of the area I'm intending to make into my Home theater room. Any ideas/tips would be great. I'm trying to find the best way to also incorporate the downstairs bathroom into the mix, without having it come off of the HT room.

Any ideas on what I can do? Ceiling height is the greatest, being an older, brick foundation home. I need to get this room built, as I'm losing my current room, due to a 2nd child coming any day now.

I will just be running a 61" dlp for awhile, until I'm able to get a nice projector, would still like room pre-wired for everything ahead of time though.

The first picture listed is a view from behind the stairs to the area I would be using.

The second pictures shows the bathroom that is in the back corner next to the area I'll be using. Looking for ways to coordinate this bathroom with the downstairs.

The third picture is the actual space I will be using for the HT room
 

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I can give you some generic advice, which is work on the layout first - where the seats go, where the screen goes, where the speakers go, where the doors go. Try and find a layout which meets industry standards and works practically (i.e. you can get into and out of the room easily / safely, there is circulation space, etc). Take a look at some of the Home Theater Layout articles on my site http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/category/blog/home-theater/layout/
 

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I can give you some generic advice, which is work on the layout first - where the seats go, where the screen goes, where the speakers go, where the doors go. Try and find a layout which meets industry standards and works practically (i.e. you can get into and out of the room easily / safely, there is circulation space, etc). Take a look at some of the Home Theater Layout articles on my site http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/category/blog/home-theater/layout/
What program do you use for creating your layouts? I will work on one and see what I can come up with.
 

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Less walls, to visually open up the space. At the very least, I'd leave the non theater
side of the stairs open, if you are finishing most of the square footage.

If the furnace could be rotated behind the chimney, and if that would give you a
longer/wider theater, then the ductwork can be disguised by soffits.


DIY Seymour XD acoustically transparent screen would hide the sump area and
front speakers.
 

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Less walls, to visually open up the space. At the very least, I'd leave the non theater
side of the stairs open, if you are finishing most of the square footage.

If the furnace could be rotated behind the chimney, and if that would give you a
longer/wider theater, then the ductwork can be disguised by soffits.


DIY Seymour XD acoustically transparent screen would hide the sump area and
front speakers.
Awesome idea, and thanks for the drawing to go with. Unfortunately its a brand new furnace that was just put it, so moving it won't be an option. I like how you laid that out though.

Would you happen to have a link to that screen your referring too?

My only 2 options are, to leave theater in the original 12 x 16 area, or I could somehow incorporate it to the other side of the basement and use the full length to my benefit. Only 2 problems with this though.

1. I have a support pole right in the middle of the area.
2. The beam/ductwork running through is pretty low, as my ceiling are low to begin with. I would say its just over 6 feet from floor. Dk how that would affect projector throw or anything else.
 

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The easiest links would be at the bottom of BigmouthinDC's post....


Otherwise, http://www.seymourav.com/screensDIY.asp


The projector could be recessed, or semi recessed, in a hush box, in the back wall.


Six foot kind of makes things maybe too low. I have 80" beneath soffits, and being 5'6", it
works out fine. Ceiling height is 85" overall. And me being 5'6", works in my favor.


As for the support pole, in the original location, why not a shallow column to gain a few inches
more room width? Of course that sticks you with some low soffits, but they wouldn't be large, and
would add some character.


That support post could be dealt with and moved, but that wouldn't be cheap. With five years there, I'd just
do a nice budget space in the original proposed area. That doesn't mean it can't be very nice. You have more
depth then JuanFlaco's room, but it's a dramatic budget build that might plant some ideas. Your depth would
also would allow you to move the seating off the back wall.


http://www.avsforum.com/forum/15-ge...man-cave-phase-2-could-use-help-planning.html
 

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Exactly how much space is below the ductwork? How much space is between the support posts
and the chimney? And how far is the durance from the outside wall?

You could simply do an open concept media room, and build the basement with an eye towards
maximum resale value and minimal expense. Treat it as a learning expensive to develop skills.


All those low ceiling sections could be treated as built in areas. Shelving, computer/desk area.
Expands the visual foot print and create sightlines while putting those spaces to good use.
 

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How about thinking resale, for five years down the road?


Built-ins, instead of walling off rooms. Expanded bath room.

Thanks for taking the time to draw those maps. Greatly appreciated. Still new to this so trying to learn all I can. I really like that 2nd option map you designed.

How would it affect my theatre room though, since it would be open per say?


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Yes. Trying to work in a hallway to connect the bath room to the rest of the basement, so a
closed off home theater needn't be the sole connective space.


The downside of a hallway is diminished storage space, and more finished square footage.


As for the open media room approach, I'd expect less room nodes and possibly smoother bass
response. Something along the lines of a smaller version of Pocoloco's room might be a nice
approach for you. Start with your hdtv, and later do a DIY acoustically transparent screen and
wall.


http://www.avsforum.com/forum/19-dedicated-theater-design-construction/1036161-pocoloco-theater.html
 

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If there's 3' of hall width, and the hallway height isn't too low. I was thinking something
along the lines of this. It would still give you lots of unfinished storage space. The side wall
could get some Gorilla racking, and the lower area of the desk area could be given doors and
be used as a seasonal clothes closet.
 

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View of the back of basement by furnace and water heater. Their is a sewer pipe that sticks out further than the rest.



Corner view, showing bathroom/Media room. Toilet may interfere with redesigning layout for the room.



View of the space between the furnace/chimney and the support poles. Their is roughly 40 1/2" of space between them.



Printout of map Tedd drew for me, showing distances.



Furnace to outside wall is ~63 1/2", although sewer pipe sticks out a bit futher, limiting width to about 53 1/4"
Support Posts to chimney is ~ 40 1/2"
Ceiling height to ductwork is ~ 76", some spots are about an inch or so taller, 76" is the lowest
Distance between posts is 103"

Are there any other measurements you might need?
 
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