I am getting close to finally being able to start on my HT, but not quite ready to start the ubiquitous "ToHellWithUGA's Theater Build" thread yet. Instead, I need help with what may seem to be a trivial question, but it's one that I need to answer now (and correctly).
In my earlier thread
, I settled on a room that had a few challenges. First, it had a nice load-bearing wall that needed to be removed. Second, my main electrical panel was on that wall. Third, I needed to open up the walls underneath the top of my stairs (there are other problems, too, but these are my current concerns).
After talking with my builder, his engineer, and a couple of local building supply stores about the load bearing wall, I had a pretty good idea of what kind of header/support was needed. However, they were all talking about LVL, which was going to be a PITA for me (did I mention I have a nice pvc drain pipe
running 6" below the bottom of my joists?). I happened to run into a Civil Engineering friend from college (I had forgotten that's what she did), and she has spec'd a nice steel I-beam for me instead. I still have a couple loose ends to tie up there (point loads on the concrete floor, etc.), but this is looking a lot more do-able.
Second, I found a retired (but still licensed) Electrician who is going to give me a day of his time for $250 to help me move my panel. This was the brother of a guy that a plumber (who lives 2 hours away) recommended. It turns out, this guy lives less than 5 minutes from me, and is the father of one of our good friends. Small world...
So, that brings me to my current dilemma (well, next to HVAC). I need to move the wall between my HT and my storage room so that I can relocate my main panel. However, moving this wall is going to close off my current entrance to my HT. So, I need to open up the area underneath the top of my stairs that is going to be my eventual HT entrance.
Now, here is my problem: I have a nice 36" mahogany door that was salvaged from a remodel. I really like this door, although it has a little damage. I had planned to put this door at the back of my HT at riser level, and to have it open outward into the hall.
However, after adding a new 2x4 wall on the inside of the back concrete wall, there is no way the 36" door is going to fit there. There is only about a 36" opening as it is, and that will get a good bit smaller with the new wall.
So, I was looking at it with my wife, and she thinks that I should move the door to the outside of the hall, on the wall of the game room/gym. While I still don't really have room for the door there, I can make it work. I will have a little overlap, but hopefully I can use that to my advantage for sealing purposes.
What are the negatives of putting my door on the outside of this hall? I guess I would have to soundproof the hallway, for one thing. What about acoustics? Can/should I put a heavy curtain at the back corner (where the door was originally planned)?
Any thoughts or ideas? Other things I have thought of are:
- Getting a smaller door (really like my door though
- Maybe trying to put the door at an angle in the back of the room. I think it would have to open into the HT, even then.
- Trying to move the wall at the top of my stairs a little. It is definitely load bearing, so this wouldn't be easy.