Author Archives: Brian

Columns

As in my previous theater, I was going to use columns to accent the room and hide the side and surround speakers. The columns are simply MDF that I wrapped in the same fabric used throughout the room. To secure … Continue reading

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Carpeting

When my wife and I had originally toured the home nearly a year ago, we knew that when we built the theater we wanted to try to match the carpet that was already used throughout the basement. It was a … Continue reading

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Paint

Before any carpeting was to be installed, I wanted to get the theater ceiling and hallway painted, this way I didn’t have to worry about covering the floor. Per a recommendation from AVS, I used a grey primer for the … Continue reading

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Soffits

Never having done soffits before, I did a lot of research on AVS. The purpose of the soffits in this theater was multi-fold; hide the HVAC supply ducts, act as an HVAC return duct, and provide a light tray for … Continue reading

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Riser & Stage

The riser and stage are two components that really start to bring character to the room. To get enough height for the 2nd row of seats, the riser was built out of 2x12s and the stage used 2x10s. Once framed, … Continue reading

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Drywall

One of the best moves I made during this project was the hiring of a contractor to install the drywall and to mud and tape the seams. For soundproofing, 5/8″ drywall was used in two layers, with Green Glue sandwiched … Continue reading

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Soundproofing – Part 2

Prior to buttoning up the walls with drywall, the final bit of soundproofing was put in place. R13 insulation was used in the walls and R30 in the ceilings.

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Electrical

With framing completed, it was time to run electrical for the lights, posters, equipment, etc. and the low voltage cables for video, audio and networking. As part of the soundproofing efforts, I built backer boxes for any can lights and … Continue reading

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Arches

While cruising the forums at AVS, I came across a Theater done by DJMarceau. (here) DJMarceau had done some curved arches in his lobby that he was using to display his Lord of the Rings collectables. I thought the arches … Continue reading

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Framing

With most of the joist soundproofing and the HVAC out of the way, it was time to start framing. As suspected, the short wall of the little room was load bearing, so I needed to have the wall replaced with … Continue reading

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