The homeowner used Microsoft Visio on their home computer to
create these plans.
The homeowner and myself
talked in detail about their desires for the project.
I also went to the local
home supplies store and shopped with them.
During construction there
were a couple of small changes but a good contractor is
ready for anything.
Basement is the Perfect Place for a Home Theater.
I first check for any sign of
past or present water leakage. If found this must be taken
care of before construction can start. Often water in a
basement (especially in newly-built homes) is caused by dirt
settling around the foundation outside. The rainwater pools
against the foundation and seeps inside.
Basement construction means
you've got to plan around the I Beams and duct work.
Seating & Special Venting for Projector.
The black "cold air return" flexi-duct allows hot air to be
pulled away from above the projector system. This is a
clever (and cheap) way to keep the projector from
over-heating and helps ensure a long life for the bulb.
This picture also shows a
lot of the framing involved in the tiered seating. The floor
is made from two layers of three quarter inch oriented
The step in tiers was
designed to accommodate the pre-existing steps, therefore no
error in code would be made by uneven steps. I shimmed the
double top plates of both short walls in the tiers for a
High-Voltage Wiring to the Equip Rack.
The wiring for the home theater's 7.1 (yes, the homeowner's
HT receiver is 7.1, not 5.1) sound channels come
together inside the custom equipment rack I built in.
The HDMI and RGB video
cables run from here, through the I beam, and out to the
We finished off with
dedicated 120v power and phone/Ethernet/DirecTV cabling.
Note the high voltage and low voltage is kept separate.
Where the two kinds of voltage cross we keep it at 90-degree
angles to minimize interference.
Can Be a Challenge.
When the house was built the duct work had two lines coming
off a few feet from the end. You can see the rectangular
patch I put in after I moved the runs to the end.
The homeowner didn't want to
lose more height in the middle of the ceiling. Moving the
runs let us keep them in the soffit.
And here's something
funny: what kind of tape do you use to seal a duct? Duct
tape? NOPE! It'll dry out and leak after a year or so. You
have to use special aluminum tape.
Hallway Connects the Rec Room & Theater.
This picture shows the different tiers of floors to step the
seating up and forms the hall to the recreation room.
These two rooms were the
focus of phase two of construction for this homeowner.
I used a special painting
technique on the walls to get the effect shown.
I also used the rounded
corners for entire project to match the existing house.
Theater Seats in the Home.
This type of seating really makes it a home theater.
There is a large selection of
options for theater seats. I strongly recommend them for
your home theater.
The home owner liked the
"rocking" ones he saw at the Q Cinema in Omaha. We were able
to get these exact ones on the web. There were 40 or 50
colors to choose from.
Everyone gets a private
seat and beverage holder.
Opening Between Rec Room & Theater.
The homeowner wanted the option to watch movies and have fun
in the new rec room at the same time.
This opening not only
serves as a portal to theater room but it was made into a
food and beverage shelf as well.
I positioned the
pass-through opening to shade the screen from the light
coming in from the walkout sliding glass door. Even with
bright sunlight outside you can still see the picture.
Between Seat Rows.
This picture shows the careful placement of these half
walls. The theater seats called for six inches of clearance
behind the top of each seat to allow for rocking.
The height of the wall's
finished surface was kept at an inch and a half above the
seat tops. This happened to be a comfortable height to eat
and drink from.
Built-In Equipment Shelves.
All the fancy electronics needed a nice little nook to set in.
I custom-built these pocketed
shelves out of double-thickness MDF to hold some heavy equipment.
The entire pocket was lined with
the laminate used on the top of the half wall and pass-through,
except for the back, which was painted flat black to hide the
Cubby for Remotes.
This picture shows the half-wall right in front of the
There is another set of
custom shelves for all the various remotes. Also the
lighting controls were placed here as well as in the hall.