Thursday, November 28, 2013

Home Theatre Reno Reveal

Now it can be shown. Ta Da!
My friend Rodney did the majority of the work. He is a contractor and very skilled.

 Lots of framing

 Some upstairs stuff too!

 New lower stairs took a long time to build.

 I had done the drywall and the insulation behind it back in 2010 when Ontario had a rebate program for energy conservation. Now, we added the Delta FL on the floor and covered that with 3/4 inch tongue and groove underlay. The result after carpeting is a nice warm floor.

 Another view of staircase and floor construction.

 Wiring for TV, surround, internet where the TV will go.

 Looking towards storage room door. the powder room and laundry room were constructed back in 2010 and not visible. The powder room wall is behind the stepladder.

 After carpeting.

 From the TV position.

Panning to the right, you can see the surround speaker bracket on the wall, and beyond it, the computer alcove, then the rear bay (which matches the front bay where the TV lives).

 Rodney built an indirect lighting box so I can see the keyboard. I find I need the good lighting as I age.

 You can see the pattern the pot lights make on the carpeting. Nice to have a high ISO capable camera to give a good impression of the colours. I use a Nikon D90 currently.

The supporting posts at the side of the stairs had to be boxed in. Not easy because they were both not vertical in this plane. Then when viewed at 90 degrees to this plane, not vertical in that plane either! So the boxes had to be big enough to fix both orientations and not too big to cause a pinch danger on the handrails. In the end, all is well.

 Sears took 2 weeks to deliver the Sauder TV stand. Not such a big deal since Best Buy took a week and a half to deliver the TV. They failed on the first delivery. Still, they gave me compensation. In the end, I picked it up from the store. Had to take the seats out of the Caravan but then the 65 inch Samsung fit great.

 Lots of hardware, but the Sauder TV stand went together quite nicely.

 I used a trolley to move the TV around, but for safety had someone help me lift it onto the stand.

And, with the help of a neighbor and his son, moved the LazyBoy 3-seater and love seat down from the Family Room. Dianne will redecorate that room for her liking. Just visible on the far right is a bookcase which is adjacent to a cabinet and hutch - John B. would recognize his old stereo cabinet.

So, I have been enjoying the TV and surround setup for a week or so now. The new Onkyo receiver has great sound. Rodney was given a movie night last Friday and he declared the picture and sound was just like at a theatre, which is the whole idea.


  1. Pretty nice setup. Do you get much sound reflection from the drywall or does it dampen out the sound pretty well. I've done a couple of large rooms and we ended up putting sound absorbing panels on the walls to dampen out the echos.

    Beautiful finishing job...

    1. The sound is excellent, according to Rodney and others. There are no reflections to speak of, that I can hear, but I wear hearing aids. The Berber carpet helps a lot I guess, and in the ceiling, I added proper soundproofing insulation, the volcanic rock based stuff - Roxul

  2. Nicely done. I like the color choice too. Very mellow for movie watching.

    1. It's a Benjamin Moore "Beacon Gray". Has a lot of blue in it. I was looking for a darker colour, but was talked into this - and am quite happy with it. At night, with the pot lights turned down, it is quite dim, but during the day, with just a small basement window it is quite bright.

  3. Ed:

    Hard to believe how beautiful this turned out after seeing the "work in progress". Rodney did a professional job. I came too early. Can't wait to see it in action "next time". Do you stay downstairs all the time now ? or will Dianne let you out for meals ?

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. You are welcome anytime, of course - bring a blu ray or DVD if you have a favorite. I have been spending some time down here, getting organized and getting the equipment sorted out.

      Have to paint some doors upstairs and change lock sets and knobs to match the one on the door to the home theatre. Will post when done.

      Computer nearly set up right, but not entirely - is it ever?

      And, need to neaten up the wiring behind the TV and computer.

      Lots to keep me busy.