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Over the past year, my wife and I have been engaged in a part time home theater/games-room renovation in the basement of our home. Included are some "in-progress" construction pictures. We're about 2-3 months away from "completion". Our ceiling tile is on order and due to be delivered mid-february (black 2x4 acoustical ceiling tile, to be hung using the Ceiling-link tracks to maximize headroom in our 100" headroom ceiling.)

Room Size:

20'wide by 18' long (odd shaped room - see floor plan below)

Equipment List:

Optoma HD70 720p DLP Front Projector.

Yamaha HTR-6060 7.1 HDMI Receiver with 2 HDMI Inputs

Sony DVDS43k Upconverting DVD Player

Motorola 6280 HD PVR.

Speakers: on loan. Aiming for Axiom Epic Midi or Epic Grand Master HT Package in the next 2 or 3 months.

The builder insulated and framed the exterior walls, and roughed in plumbing for a full-bath (that would become my wet-bar area). My wife Nic and I decided that 4 bathrooms in the house were just too, and that 3 should be sufficient. We roughed in some electrical, built some partition walls, and hung and mudded the drywall over the course of the first 5 months of the build (Weekend warriors with not enough enthusiasm for mudding and taping I'm afraid.)

We determined early on that we wanted 2 rows of seating.

Floor Plan: Here is a rough layout of the basement footprint with some sketched in partition walls and measurements.

*Apologies in advance for the dusty camera lens in some shots.

Stage Preview 1: Our riser under construction.

Stage Preview 2:
Finished construction, filled with insulation, and sheathed with plywood.

Stage Preview 3: A port at the front will house a couple AC outlets, a Subwoofer cord, and a run of 12g speaker wire (just in Case). It also holds an SVGA cord so that the projector can be hooked up to a laptop.

Carpet Tile Preview 1: We went with Delta-FL Dimple Membrane and commercial quality carpet tiles for the flooring. The membrane affords a warm feel underfoot to the floor, and the carpet tile is an alternative to wall-to-wall broadloom. We're please with the results so far.

Home Theater Colours 1: Nic chose our wall colours to compliment our carpet tile.

Home Theater Colours 2: All the "junk" is piled on the platform while the flooring is worked on.

Home Theater Colours 3: Here you can see the wet-bar (bathroom) rough in plumbing and some left over platform lumber.


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Once all the carpet was down, and the baseboards installed, we could work on some finishing touches to the room. We did hook up the projector which is being projected onto a home-made screen. (Blackout fabric stretched over 1x4 fir frame. No paint) 103" Diagonal.

2 Rows: The 2 rows of seating worked out really well. Here you see our 4 seater sofa and 2 captains chairs providing comfortable seating for 6 people.

Storage: Here is some built-in storage for movies, games, manuals etc...

Bar: Here is the wet-bar "in progress". We still have to hang the upper cabinet (below the soffit) and some bottle shelves into the corner. We're pretty happy with how it's turning out.

Bar: Here is the bar area from another angle. The Door in back will lead to the Fitness room/storage area and access to our furnace and utilities. (Laundry is on the main floor).

Screen Wall: Here is a view of the screen wall from the Bar area. The closed door leads to our electrical panel/recycling closet. The open door (just see the edge of it) leads to the stairs up.

Because we realized a lot of saving through 'sweat equity' by doing most of the work ourselves, we managed to keep the budget for this room very tight. I don't have a fully detailed materials budget, but so far we're at $8700 of our $12000 budget (Figure another $1800 for the Axiom speakers we want and a few dollars for finishing touches and we should be right on the money at the end of the reno in May '08.
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