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Adding finished photos. Photos were taken by HuskerOmaha with his wifes camera and he accidentally had some kind of sepia filter set up. The colors are not accurate.


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Framing starts later this week and HuskerOmaha has been hounding me to start a build thread now, rather than wait until it's all done and post pics later.

Many thanks to local AVS folks who inspired me with builds on these forums; Dkaps, Woolly, Anders, HuskerO. Most of all I need to thank BigMouthinDC for all the great help he has given me, and for all the work he has done for everybody on these forums over the years. I don't think there is any AVS'er in his league, certainly not in the DTD&C forum.

We bought the house last year and the basement was unfinished but had water issues. I extended downspouts and added to the grading on the outside of the house, and I added some waterproofing coats to the inside block basement walls. I also added a sump pump, there was a pit but no pump installed.

The theater room area is roughly 23' long x 15.5' wide, this will shrink with the addition of 2x4 walls, clips and hat channel, and double layer of 5/8" drywall.

Basement is a walkout, originally had a single door, I tore down part of the wall last year and installed a double french door to make it easier to move things in and out of the basement. View from the front of the theater toward the back door:




View from the back of the room looking toward the front wall. Plan is to have the entry door to the room at the front left, screen will be on your left as you enter the room. Ceiling is 8.5', there is a support beam running across the middle of the room:






When you come down the stairs it is very tight at that front wall, I want to tear down some of the drywall at the base of the stairs, add in a railing and balusters and open that up:





When you come down the stairs and it is open to your left, the door to the theater will be to your right. There was a great thread in the Theater Room accessories forum about how to make and mod your own Home Theater signs. I followed their instructions and made a sign to hang over the entry door. (not sure how to embed the video):



Gom colors for the room will be a close approximation of Big's theater room colors:





Rough gameplan is to follow Big's SOP as much as I can; stage in front with the low profile false front wall, platform in back, 3 seats in front row, 4 in the back. Columns on the wall to hide the surrounds.
 

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The rear walkout wall had 3 leaky windows and moisture trapped underneath the vapor barrier which led to mold growth. I tore it all out, put in new windows and Woolly set me up with the same spray foam he used on his basement:






The soundproofing products were purchased from Ted at the Soundproofing Co. Ted was a huge help and answered all my soundproofing questions. Woolly had me add an additional layer of 5/8th drywall greenglued directly to the underside of the mainfloor, acoustic caulk was used around the edges:





It wouldn't be a thread if it didn't include one of Big's handmade floorplans:

 

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Greenglued and used drywall screws too.


I have no experience doing any of this, I have been learning as I go, along with large amounts of help from folks like Woolly and Big. One of the best things I had to help was a Taunton press book that I believe Big recommended in some other thread. It's a complete guide on how to finish your basement and it's written by a community college carpentry teacher from Lincoln NE.


Found a picture from last fall when I put in the new back door. That was a tough one to tackle by myself but it was rewarding. Only difference between then and now is that now it also has a double storm door on the outside. I wasn't originally going to include that but I found out after a few storms that wind driven rain will get through just about anything.

 

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You have the makings of a nice room. Doing it right will take more time, but it will be more rewarding in the end. Keep documenting your build along the way so that posters can help give advice (spend your money).
 

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The build thread is up! The build thread is up! The build thread is up!


Thanks again for donating your DTS10 + JTR Growler for use in our upcoming shootout.


Oh yeah, you left something over here again, your Star Trek BluRay.


I have a couple copies of ScubaSteves V2.0 burned if you want to ever borrow one down the road.



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Had a productive day and it should be even better tomorrow.


Lumber arrived and we moved it all into the house:





I tore down the supports under the stairs and added a header, this will be used as the equipment closet:





Removed the studs along the side of the stairs and cut away all the drywall to open it up. Tomorrow I'll frame out a little wall to add the new railing:





It already feels great to have that opened up. When you come down the stairs you can look to the left and it makes the room seem bigger.

 

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Framing went well today and the theater would have been complete but we ran out of clips on the last wall! I need to get a call in to Ted for more clips and another case of acoustic caulk. Tomorrow we'll be framing out the equipment closet and as much of the rest of the basement as we can.





 

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I was going to text you today to see how things were going
 

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The order for more isolation clips and acoustic caulk went in to Ted today.


We had to stop on the theater framing so we framed in the bathroom and the closet to conceal the sump pump.


It looks like I might have a good spot for some built in shelving but I don't know much about built-ins. I'll post a picture tomorrow so you can take a look and let me know if it will work.


Tomorrow will be a day of cleanup and maybe hang some doors.


I think I'm set on oc703 with that deal I got on craigslist. You should pm the theater builder with the Hearthstone home in Bellevue, he needed some.


Can you guys take a look at Big's floorplan drawing and let me know if I can reverse the theater door and have it swing out or if that will cause issues?
 

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mine swings out
 

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The clips are in from the Soundproofing Company, I will be able to finish the framing tomorrow, have one wall and the middle soffit to cover the support beam.


After that will be the wiring and insulation, I was at Woolly's last night to get some measurements of where he placed his sconces, his surround speakers, etc. so I can dial in where I want to run all my wires after tomorrow.


I've been putting in the can lights in the main basement room, wasn't sure what bulbs to use so I picked up a variety to try out.




Going to compare the normal BR30 65watt floods against some equivalent CFL floods and also try my first LED flood.


I printed out an old movie poster and had it framed at Hobby Lobby





And I bought a new toy, been wanting one of these for a while but I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on one. I was at Menards today picking up some romex and saw these on closeout for 50% off.

 

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What kind of clamping tool is that? I think I saw one a long time ago. I'll call the local Menards to see if they have any in stock. Also, how do you like it? Oh, and looking good so far!
 

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That is a Port-A-Mate MegaVise. It may be a Menards house brand, they had it sitting next to the Rockwell Jawhorse so I was able to get a close look at both, it looked like a part for part remake of the Jawhorse so I felt like it was a good deal at half the price.


The theater room is 100% complete on framing, the drywaller wants to get in there to do the work next Saturday which would mean I have to get the electrical, acoustic caulking, insulating and all the clips and hat channel completed this week at night after work. It seems like I have good intentions to work on it every night but then I get home from work and just sit down on the couch "for a minute" and turn on the tv, and then I lack the energy to get back up and go to work.
 

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I know that feeling
 
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