How much will one need to turn a garage into a state-of-the-art home cinema?

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  1. MJeeves

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    Dear All,

    How much will one need to turn a garage into a state-of-the-art home cinema?

    Thanks,

    M.J.
     
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    If you're starting from scratch, buying decent kit and can do most of the DIY yer-sen then £10,000 wouldn't be too far from the mark.
     
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    I'm in the process of having my cellar converted, the build finished this week (had people in to do everything) and the total cost (including in-wall wiring for speakers was less than £5K, I'm sure it'd cost less than that to do up a garage as you don't need to worry about tanking, ventilation, conrete damp-proof membrane on floor etc.

    Admittedly I had a low - medium budget for the av equipment, but that set me back around £3K (inwall speakers, sub, amp, DVD + PJ).

    Its not quite a like for like comparison, but I hope it helps.
     
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    Thanks guys! :thumbsup:
     
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    So Ive been toying with the idea to turn my garage into a dedicated HT room .. but a couple of questions

    - is it legal to turn a garage into something like this ?
    - how do you keep it warm / damp free
    - what do you do with the main door ?
    - wouldnt it be better to knock it down and start again

    Anybody got any pictures of their garage after turning it into a HT room ? Id be very interested :)

    Nige
     
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    Hi Nige,
    To answer your questions.
    - Yes it's legal.
    - You can either expand your central heating system (add a few rads an plumbing), put in an air con/heater unit or like I did install some thermostatically controlled oil filled electric radiators. Make sure you install a damp proof membrane on the floor and up the walls to above the DPC. Leave an air gap between the outer brick wall and the inner wall for air circulation.
    - Brick it up from the inside
    - It would be better but a hell-of-a-lot more expensive
    For pics of the build follow the link below (and then the build link off that)
    Cheers,
    Hatcher
     
  7. gaz

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    did you see the pics of my ht in the garage mine is being done on a tight budget not like some peoples but the chances are mine will never be finished it'll always be work in progress heres another pic of my lighting now its progressing[​IMG][/IMG]

    and another one

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    to give this effect
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    Mine came it at about £7k, including kit....

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    For anyone interested;
    Cost for conversion ~£5k, Decoration ~£1k, Additional Cabling/Kit ~£3k

    Like the skirting lights Gaz, are they just rope lights?
     
  10. gaz

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    yes they are rope lights i put the rope light idea off in case it cheapend the look but then thought sod it and went for them and i love em IKEA has started doing them in there lighting section slightly skinnyer rope than usual and comes in at i think it was £5.99 for i think it was a 5m length so the cheapest ones i could find but having said that usualy when you buy the cheap rope lights if one bulb goes a whole section goes out ive got one bulb out and all the rest are lit so there not cheap 'n' nasty :smashin: cheap

    oh! and they are wedged betwwen the skirt and the floor.
     
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    nice ht is that velvet on the walls?
     

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