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Well, I figured it was my turn to start building my Home Theater. I’ve been planning it “in my head” for a few years and on paper for the past 6 months. I must say the wealth of knowledge on the board has both given be insight into what to do and not to do as well as inspiration.


Construction started in October '05.

Just a quick summary:

- Room Size: 14.5 x 17.5 x 8’-10’ (vaulted).

- Walls: Painted Drywall with GOM covered panels

- Treatments: A combination of 2" JM814 and 5.5" Cotton around the room (custom balanced by Brian Pape (Bpape) of Sensible Sound Solutions)

- Projector: JVC RS1

- Screen: DIY SMX 124" 2.35:1

- Speakers: DIY 7 speaker system: (3) Floorstanders for the fronts, bi-pole for the sides and direct radiating for the rears

- Sub: (4) 15" SoundSplinter woofers in an Infinate Baffel (IB) Design

- Receiver: Pioneer Elite VSX-82TXS


The "Completed" Room (6/8/07)

Front




Rear


Star Ceiling (8/18/07)


Wet Bar - completed 5/24/09



I decided to add a Kid Media Center (11/23/09). It seems we were always fighting over the primary media room -- so now they have their own



 

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The pics below are out of date. I have since flipped the room 180 degrees. Click HERE to see the updated design.



Top View. (4) Front Home Theater seating and (4) Rear bar stools. Notice the HUGE 2'x2' bass traps in the rear behind the false wall.



Lighting and Star Ceiling Breakdown. Small circles are can lights -- each color depicts a different lighting zone. Dotted yellow line is rope lighting. Pink is the star ceiling. Coffered ceiling similar to the one I saw at the restaurant.




View from the cheap seats (bar stools). Also note the metal inlays in the front columns.
 

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Adding a vault on the left side of the room for acoustical balancing. Notice I need to move both a supply and a return air duct.




This is the attic space behind the HT rear wall. I plan to use 2' wide x the width of the room (14.5') to house my rear Paradigm 20s, a second HSU sub and some hefty bass traps.




Two layers of R19 insulation has been added for my HT's "false wall" area. I still need to put down some R13 in between the 2x4s to fill in the 1.5" gap above the joists. 3/4" plywood will be applied on top to create my final floor. Since this area will be hidden, function is the priority.




Added the top layer of R13 to fill the gap of the 2x4s on top of the rafters.
 

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3/4" plywood applied and other floor boards re-attached. Next step, add the new rear wall, which will outline the 3/4" ply I just installed




New rear wall now exists. It's about 14.5 foot long and 6' high. Next, LOTS of electrical.




Added 750' of Romex throughout the room for multiple zone lighting and (3) dedicated circuits for the equipment. This is the left wall. I would have shown you more but wire is just wire (not the most exciting thing to see)




All wires end up here. These are the main junction boxes for power to the circuits and splices needed from the existing room electrical. The main breaker panel in located in the garage below this attic space. A total of (4) circuits exist for this room: (3) 20amp for the equipment and (1) 15amp all the lighting.



I am planning to move (3) AC vents between Xmas and New Years and wrap up the electrical. More pictures to come soon.


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Whoa!


That is gonna be one sweet theater. I love those front columns. The false wall for the bar stools intrigues me also.


Are you gonna go htpc or the standard stuff?


Victor
 

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Are you gonna go htpc or the standard stuff?


Victor

Victor,


I have not decided yet. I have a PC ready to be HTPC but am also eyeing the Denon DVD-2910 and DVD-3910. Based on how expenses go, may have to go the HTPC option just because it's already paid for



BTW -- thanks for the kudos on the HT. I'm really excited to finally get started!
 

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Steve,

Looks like you have alot of work ahead of you


Chad

Chad,


Yes I do. My "plan" is to have it completed Feb/March. Hope I can make it



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Gonna look sweet when done. I'll be watching.
 

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Another Dallasite
Where in Dallas are you?
 

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Hi Steve,


I saw the pics on your site, and am convinced it will look great once finished. You're moving ahead a lot faster then I am...



Happy building!
 

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Another Dallasite
Where in Dallas are you?

Mike,


I'm actually in North Plano just south of 121. You might be right down the street.


Hope you can get re-started on your own HT soon (looks like it's on hold for right now). Design looks great
 

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Very nice looking theater! I was just wondering, is any part of the screen blocked while sitting on the bar stools? Otherwise very professionsal, and comfy looking!
 

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Very nice looking theater! I was just wondering, is any part of the screen blocked while sitting on the bar stools?

lmunz22 ,


Glad you like the look. I think there will be no blockage (or very limited) because the nature of the bar stool is a higher seat. Here is a crude rendering I made to check that very concern you mentioned:

 

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Steve...


Good to see your construction thread up and running!! It looks like a great project!


Keep the pictures coming!!


and good luck!!!


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Greg--

Yes, I have spend a number of hours putting together the drawings (used Visio 2003). It was a way to "get started" before I was actually ready to pick up a hammer and nail
The best part about it was that I could design, re-design and tune without any wasted materials, money, etc. Not to say it's been smooth sailing the entire time -- but the pics really helped get me started.


One note on your HT, I did bookmark your panel design. I plan to do something very similar in mine (as I mentioned to you before). Thanks for the detailed how-to!


Sean --

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, more pics to come. I'm planning to work more on it toward the tail end of next week. Thankfully, I have fellow AVSer (yldesyde/David) coming over to help me do some work
 

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Thankfully, I have fellow AVSer (yldesyde/David) coming over to help me do some work

Looking Good. I wish I had some Fellow AVSer's coming over my place to help out


Any Takers?


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SandMax, if you'll pay for the ticket to Florida, I could possibly be persuaded lol.


Steve, I guess it is really official now since the eyes of AVS are upon you keeping watch on your progress. No chance anymore of hiding and pushing out deadlines lol. I hope Santa was good to you and just so you know, I am still pushing for the SuperBowl in your theater. Aggressive goal...yes. But if I stay unemployed I will have plenty of time to help. The only question is my ability level lol.


Good work on the site and thread. I am glad I will have the chance to help bring it into fruition.


David


P.S. Thanks for the credit ;-)
 
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