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Home Theater design and build

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:05 pm
by admin
These were the preliminary 3D mock-ups of the room that I did in Google SketchUp. I first measured out the rooms and then started playing with different decoration patterns, paint color, floor style, etc. I was able to download speaker, audio equipment, and other more detailed models (like the windows in the room) from Google SketchUp model database which is extensive. I was easily able to pull and stretch unique items into their respective size. For example, I found a projector screen that matched the design what I had bought and stretched it to the correct size (150" diagonal). This allowed me to decide on how it would fit into the room. The room needed a lot of renovation and you can see from the below pictures that I removed a substantial amount of the walls to make the room an "open" appeal.

Google SketchUp may not be the most powerful CAD program but it's quick, relativly easy to learn (there are some good tutorials on google's site), and they have a large and easily search-able model database so you don't have to make a lot of stuff yourself. For example, all the speakers, equipment, projector screen, couch, windows, and drapes were pulled from their database and slight changed. The only thing i actually made myself (other than the room itself) is the sound proofing panels which were simple triangle shapes.
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I ran my air-conditioning duct in the ceiling. It is a high velocity system made by "Spacepak" that runs through the rest of the house. I just recently connected it to the main duct in the attic. The overhead light was obviously removed and re-wired.

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And After:
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Overall I think it came out really nice. Most of the construction took place over the course of about 2 weeks with some final touches taking longer. Of course it has been a work in progress since then and I have over 150 sq foot sound treatment panels up in addition to numerous bass traps.

And some additional construction pictures:

Re: Home Theater design and build

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:19 pm
by ll21
way cool! Is this the latest...or is it now done? pls post if done!!

Re: Home Theater design and build

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:29 pm
by admin
It's all finished. You can see the room with the setup at my home theater topic in the Member Systems Gallery. It was the biggest home project that I have thus far undertaken but well worth it. In addition to my "listening hours", we get enjoyment out of the room watching movies. It's kind of like going to the movies, except you don't have to drive, you get the best seat in the house, and the popcorn doesn't cost $6! :)