Getting Started

The construction of my home theater was almost as fun as the final result. It took me about four months to finish my space from start to finish. Before I started the theater, I had spent the previous month or two framing out the remainder of my unfinished basement space, roughly 1800 square feet. This was my first framing job and I was sure to familiarize myself with the local building codes prior to beginning. To me, the framing is really common sense and just a matter of making sure every wall is plum and level (granted none of my framing involved load bearing walls). Much of the framing was repetitive, however, the many soffits that I incorporated into the theater made it a little less than routine. The theater framing presented a few curveballs. First was the large HVAC ductwork extending down from the 8' ceiling in the rear of the theater that I boxed out. Second was a large I-beam in the middle of the theater which ran from left to right across the length of the 14' wide theater where the 14' x 14' space was located below my sunroom, which I boxed out as well. After each was boxed out, I found my theater ceiling to be broken into two distinct sections; a front and rear ceiling. I was able to soften the rear ceiling by adding few angles inside angles which gave it a very unique, old style appearance. Upon completion, both ceilings received a drop ceiling, painted by hand black, which almost made it dissapear from the walls.

The walls were standard 2x4 framing which were all heavily insulated with acoustical material to soften the sounds on the outside. The 7 bumpouts were each built individually and then fastened to the walls, each wired as a zone to control the wall sconces. The front of the theater began with a small stage, about 4" tall, with a large rounded edge. Above this stage I built two large cabinets to store the left and right speakers. Each cabinet door is completely cut out expect for a 3" edge which I then covered with acoustical fabric which allowed for me to place the speakers in the cabinets with little or no sound obstruction. Each door is hinged and contains adjustable shelfs so adjust my speakers to the proper height.

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