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    Default Building a Home Theater & Listening Room

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    Hi all,

    My wife finally parted with a portion of her terrace garden and let me build a home theater.

    First off all I find myself very fortunate to build a room that can be dedicated to music listening and watching movies. The room will be 3.96 meters wide, 7.38 meters long and a height of 2.7 meters. So with a little more than 29 m2 it's not a big room at all.

    We live in a duplex penthouse (5th & 6th floors with terrace rights). So, traditional construction methods are a bit difficult. I plan to take the prefab route.

    Proposed HT Room area.





    Columns set and trusses on.









    Cheers!
    Last edited by hydrovac; 07-04-2014 at 10:32 PM. Reason: posting pictures

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    The progress in construction of prefab wall panels.





    Rear wall panels.



    Screen wall panels

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    The 3 pics are of the composite decking sheet being fixed.... in fact yesterday...the plasterers were skimming the walls and pouring the concrete slab....

    I will add more photos as the work progresses.






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    Default Re: Building a Home Theater & Listening Room

    Looks like you're making some good progress there, hydrovac. Congratulations on your project!

    Yours,

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    Thanks David,

    Started laying of electrical, speaker and signal cables. The cabling work is being carried out by a local guy and someone from my work giving him a hand.

    To reduce hum and noise I want to install a dedicated line with only a single ground from the audio / home theater system to the electrical service panel. Don’t want to attach anything other than the A/ V system to this special dedicated line.


    Expecting the result to be noise and hum free power with a 'deep black background'.


    By this stage of the project, I have already identified the following :

    Placement of all speakers
    Placement of A/V components
    Placement of video source
    Lighting needs
    Possible future enhancements
    Thermal Insulation & Acoustic Treatment


    BTW I have provided a frame also…for supporting the screen.


    I will try and post pics if there's interest...as soon as i work out how to do it....!!
    I have all the kit i need already for this…mix of new and from old lounge... not top end by any means...but works for me...






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    Framing work in progress for rock wool slabs…



    Checking out my old screen…









    16:9 screen pulled down…


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    Progressing nicely.
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    I agree with Rizzo--the project looks to be taking shape well.

    A question, hydrovac: do you plan to keep those windows you have on either side of the door? I know some guys say all windows should be eliminated, etc., but I really think they could add a nice touch. You'll want good black-out curtains for them, but what's attractive to me about them is that they let you see into the theater room from inside the house.

    Yours,

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    P.S.: What's a rock wool slab? I'm unfamililar with that term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImRizzo View Post
    Progressing nicely.
    Thanks Rizzo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidjschenk View Post
    I agree with Rizzo--the project looks to be taking shape well.

    A question, hydrovac: do you plan to keep those windows you have on either side of the door? I know some guys say all windows should be eliminated, etc., but I really think they could add a nice touch. You'll want good black-out curtains for them, but what's attractive to me about them is that they let you see into the theater room from inside the house.

    Yours,

    David

    P.S.: What's a rock wool slab? I'm unfamililar with that term.
    Yeah I'd ditch the windows..

    I think the Rockwool slab is referring to a type of high density wool based insulating batt. There's a brand in NA called Roxul and their product is called Safe N Sound. Its an acoustic fire batt insulation
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidjschenk View Post
    I agree with Rizzo--the project looks to be taking shape well.

    A question, hydrovac: do you plan to keep those windows you have on either side of the door? I know some guys say all windows should be eliminated, etc., but I really think they could add a nice touch. You'll want good black-out curtains for them, but what's attractive to me about them is that they let you see into the theater room from inside the house.

    Yours,

    David

    P.S.: What's a rock wool slab? I'm unfamililar with that term.
    Right guess David!

    I wanted to retain both windows to make the HT a part of my home... not a separate and isolated room.
    For acoustic purposes I want to build separate door and windows from inside.... to blend with interiors.

    Pl follow this link for info on rock wool products.

    http://www.rockwoolindia.com/

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    Nice to see you are preparing a True Home Theater element vs home viewing environment. I'm sure you've researched and did your 'homework' Can't wait for next installment of the 'Build' Hopefully you'll post progress and pix of your efforts payback back will be in the satisfaction of your achievement.
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    Framing work completed and AV cabinet in place….cabling almost done but for one sub signal cable. Got 30 Rock wool bags delivered yesterday.
    There was a leak from one point of the slab joint side…. getting the pressure grouting done today.

    Entry door to the theater on the left:








    Bags containing Rock wool slabs:


    AV cabinet built into the window:


    Ceiling panels getting ready:





    Insulation panels being fixed :











    Ceiling Panels fixing:












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    Fun Fact: You can grow hydroponic marijuana in that Rock Wool stuff
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    Heh. The Indian name for it, if I remember this correctly, is bhang, and yes, you can. But that'd ruin the aesthetic of what looks to be a beautiful theater room.

    Very nice progress, hydrovac; have you chosen the color you want for the carpet? Will you be carpeting the whole room, or just the floor?

    Yours,

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    a nice fully manicured crop would make an excellent sound abatement plus other benefits.
    Great progress.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidjschenk View Post
    Heh. The Indian name for it, if I remember this correctly, is bhang, and yes, you can. But that'd ruin the aesthetic of what looks to be a beautiful theater room.

    Very nice progress, hydrovac; have you chosen the color you want for the carpet? Will you be carpeting the whole room, or just the floor?

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    Paneling of rock wool frames almost done:







    Steel trusses being enclosed in wooden beams:








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    You guys have strange building practices there.
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    It's fun to see how different countries' and regions' residential building practices differ. The prefab panels are more often found in commercial or heavy construction here, and typically larger.

    Back row riser in place:


    Front row riser:



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    Hi hydrovac,

    Things look to be progressing well on the build. Out of curiosity, I'll ask: are you planning to put in sound baffles? If so, which ones have you chosen?

    Yours,

    David

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