This is the room "before." As soon as ozziegt saw it, he knew he wanted to convert it into something cool.

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He saw the lack of windows as an asset. Perfect for a home theater!

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The room had a back corner, that would become the audio-visual closet for the room.

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This is the floor plan he was working with.

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Here is his design, which he made in Sketchup. It took him months to think through his design and plan.

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He designed soundproofing into his plan. The green walls were new and would get isolation clips to isolate the walls, and the blue walls would use clip and channel construction.

"This illustrates the soundproofing plans for the walls. The green walls were new walls I was adding, and I would be using RSIC-3 sound isolation clips to isolate the walls. The blue walls already were framed so I used clip & channel construction for sound isolation here, as well as the ceiling.  Check out the soundproofing company, or the dedicated theater section of avsforum.com if you want to get more details. They are really helpful,"  he says.

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He built the framing using a framing nailer and a circular saw.

He says the wiring was straightforward but it took a lot of planning to figure out the number of switches and zones.

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He also framed in a closet and then added insulation.

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He used RSIC-3 clips I used for sound isolation.

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He made backer boxes for the recessed lighting so sound wouldn't escape out of the fixtures.

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Here is one of the backer boxes installed.

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He installed a ventillation fan with a fan controller to prevent sound from escaping out of the house vents.

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The fan was installed in the closet, along with two layers of drywall for additional sound control.

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He build this "dead vent" to allow sound to dissipate, rather than escape out of the ventilation shaft.

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The vent spans the whole back side of the theater.

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He hired a team to intall the drywall, and says the money was well-spent. They got the job done in two days, whereas it would have taken him weeks on his own.

He says this is 2 layers of 5/8" drywall with a layer of sound dampening Green Glue in between.

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He finished the painting and moved on to building the riser for the seating.

This is three years after he made his initial plan.  Some things are worth the wait and the effort.  Wait until you see the finished room!

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The riser would elevated the seats to give a real "theater" experience. His first step was to put down roofing felt to block moisture from the basement floor.

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Next, he built a "jig" to quickly and consistently fabricate the stringers for the riser.

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The riser was made of a 2x12 border with 2x10 stringers in between.

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He initially built a single step for the riser, but it was so small, so...

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He ended up putting the step all the way across the riser.

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With the riser done, he took the opportunity to celebrate the milestone before moving on.

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He went with RTA cabinets. Here is the first one assembled.

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The cabinets were not as hard to do as he thought they would be. He says it just took patience and time.

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Carpeting done! It is getting there.

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He made a custom shelf for the center speaker.

He says, "The Polk CSiA6 center channel is freakin huge."  So he used a basic shelf with 90 lb wire that he toggle-bolted in the ceiling to mount the wire.



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He bought a 120" screen from Silver Ticket which would take only an hour to assemble.

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One hour later, and it's looking great!

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The screen was insalled with screws, and can be slid easily to line it up with the projector.

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He mounted the projector on some plywood that he had placed behind the drywall.

The wires would get covered up with a basic wire cover. 

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To help cool the AV cabinet, he bought an exhaust system from AC Infinity which he highly recommends.

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He cut holes in the AV cabinet by taping out the lines and then using a jigsaw.

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Yay - it fit perfectly. Here is the set-up installed next to the counter.

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The counter and cabinets look great.

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Voila! Here is the awesome seating, complete with drink holders and trays.


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And here is the view of the screen from the seats. Wow, right?

Here is his equipment list:

Finished: Front

Equipment List: 



120" Silver Ticket Screen (white)

BenQ HT-2050 Projector

Polk RTiA7 Towers

Polk CSiA6 Center

Polk FXiA6 Surrounds

Pioneer Atmos Speakers (2x in the front) 

Denon AVR-X2200W receiver

SVS PB-1000 subwoofer

PS4, Roku, & TIvo Mini

Harmony Hub Remote

Insteon Smart Lighting


For more information on his project, check here.






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