Another Loft 'Conversion'

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  1. famoussas

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    The cinema is being installed in an existing loft conversion which has been at the house since we moved in over 15 years ago. The room that's being converted is above a double garage and started life as the living room to a self appointed 1 bedroom flat.

    In my 'youth' my parents let a 12 year old me and my mates 'decorate' it, hense the interesting colour schemes and amature graffiti. This room has hosted many a great **** up, but as you get older you can actually start going out so the room soon turned into the junk room, as there is no attic in the main house.

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  2. famoussas

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    A few trips to the dump later:

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    The screen will be mounted to the right of the door where the shelving will be boarded up. Not ideal positions due to the door but have to work with what we have.

    Whole room is to be decorated, new carpet, new light fitting, new furniture, the works. Budget has already doubled since deciding to go ahead with this - everything soon adds up.

    Equipment list:

    Projector: JVC DLA X3 (New from JVC with 1 year warranty). Original choice was Optoma HD33 but as 3D isn't as important decided to go with the JVC we were offered.

    Screen: Grandview 6ft Acoustic Screen

    Amp: Onkyo 616

    Bluray - Panasonic DMP-BDT500

    Sky HD/3D

    Front Speakers: Monitor Audio Bronze Centre x 3, vertically mounted.

    Surrounds: Monitor Audio WT165 in-wall speaker x 2

    Sub: BK XXLS400-FF

    Control: Logitech Touch

    Lighting: Rako

    Pre wiring starts next week hopefully, and electrician is coming to do 8 LED Downlight's and fir a few more power sockets.
     
  3. randompolyphony

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    It's going to be great! Interesting idea using 3 center speakers as your LCR was size the main reason?
     
  4. Linx08

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    Is there a door at each end? If not could you flip 180 degrees and mount the screen on the other end wall??
    Kind regards

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    Looking forwards to this one.
     
  6. famoussas

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    Yeah, it's mainly for the space saving, as the screen will be almost right up to the door frame, so no where to really put the left speaker. Think all 3 are going behind the screen.

    Was also advised that the lack of low end given off from the Bronze Centre's will more than be compensated by the sub.


    No, the only door is the one pictured, and the only flat wall is the space next to it.
     
  7. Linx08

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    Would it be possible to build the other end wall out to make it flat using stud timber? Just thinking this may make your life easier and give a better result?

    Not having a dig, just thinking how to get you a great room.

    Kind regards

    Linx
     
  8. famoussas

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    No problem, appreciate your thoughts - I've had the same myself!

    Unfortunately the options aren't great which is why I've settled with the screen next to the door. Will post some better pictures tomorrow to give a better idea of the space.

    Also unfortunately at the other end of the room is a bay window and sloping wall, so boarding it up would lose about 5 foot of the room.
     
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  9. Tigerlaser

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    I can't tell very well from the pics but it does kind of look like the side opposite the door would be a shout. Possibly a retracting screen with all your kit behind it?
     
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    I had another look at your photos it looks like there's a pillar on either side, could you do something using these as tiger says it could be easier than you imagine. I do understand what you mean about loosing space, but with an electric screen fitted between the two pillars this could well workout better for you. :)

    Kind regards

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    Or if your heart is set on a fixed screen, one that is on a hinged board that swings up to the ceiling. I considered this for mine but as its a living room as well it would've been a bit untidy.
     
  12. famoussas

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    Some better pictures now it's starting to clear out a bit.

    As you can see (IMO) there is no where really suitable to put the screen apart from next to the door. If you have it coming down in-between the pillars you are losing almost half the room and would be sitting 5 feet from the screen - although the wide angle lens would make you think otherwise!

    All the stuff is now ordered so no turning back!

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    Wow what a clean up :thumbsup:

    I really like Tigerlasers idea. Could probably get a motorised system too and maybe use the window end?

    Anyway, although you've taken some great pics, only you will know best when your'e stood in the room and sounds like your having a good long think and keeping an open mind which is good.
    Looking forward to seeing this develop. :smashin:

    cheers
     
  14. Linx08

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    That is a bugger of a room isn't it, I would still try for the window end, to be honest, look into bean bag sofas not to expensive and easy to move. But as the previous poster has said, you know what works best for you.

    Kind regards

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    that space between the pillars is just crying out to be filled in with wood and a fixed screen on it :D
    I would even put the centre speaker above the screen on that beam, (a controversial decision to some folks I know)
    then I'd make a cosy little pc desk area behind the screen in front of the window. :thumbsup:
     
  16. Linx08

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    Lion, I like a higher mounted centre too, as long as its angled down towards the seating area I've never found it a problem. :)
     
  17. famoussas

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    The wide angle lens is deceiving for the photos I'm afraid.

    To board up between the pillars would sure be ideal, however you are then losing 1/3 of the room (as I said, wide angle makes it seem bigger). The room is actually only 6m's long.

    Take into account sofas (already ordered) placed in a central line to the screen, which means they would need to be a few feet in front of the door at least - and you soon find yourself sitting 6 feet away from a 100" screen.


    Not feasible I'm afraid. I'm confident with what I have planned will work. It will be amazing what a coat of paint and new carpet can do to the space.

    An electric roll down screen was suggested to come down and cover the wall and door, but it would just become a pain every time someone needs the toilet or has to leave the room.
     
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    fitting a sliding door system would allow the sofa to be further away from the screen. ;)
     
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    Not gona work buddy :laugh:
     
  20. Linx08

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    Well, I'm afraid all I can come up with is hmmmmmmm. :)
     
  21. Lion

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    bi-fold door ? ... black velvet curtain ?
    I won't stop untill you do it my way ! :devil:
     
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    Reverse the door to open outwards.
     
  23. Linx08

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    When you say the room is 6 metres in length I'm guessing this is measured on the floor? If its the ceiling then I understand what you mean, but if its measured on the floor I'd say you have more than enough room. But It is your room my old fruit so as long as you're happy with it that's all that actually matters.

    Good luck, I look forward to seeing whatever you come up with.

    Kind regards

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    Hang the door the other way so it opens out

    cheers

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  25. Tigerlaser

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    What's the distance between the pillars? Less than the width of the screen?
     
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    Last year we did a Loft Conversion similar to this one. The client wanted the pillars moving so I suggested a steel frame. A bit like an "A Frame" but following the profile of the walls and floor. It spanned from wall plate to wall plate and up and around the wall and roof profile.

    The Structual Engineer did the calcs and this then allowed us to remove the pillars. Not a boxing in site and no steel to be seen once completed.

    Quite expensive, but the client was adamant that he wanted clean line and no obstructions, etc.
     
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    That sounds show biz. How pricey you talking?
     
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    It was about £7,900.00
     
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    pricey (esp if VAT is on top of that) but if a pillar or two was stopping the room being useful then i suppose would be worth it!
     
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    Worth it IF budget allows
     

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