Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by MJeeves, Oct 18, 2004.
How much will one need to turn a garage into a state-of-the-art home cinema?
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.
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.
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
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)
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]
and another one
to give this effect
Mine came it at about £7k, including kit....
For anyone interested;
Cost for conversion ~£5k, Decoration ~£1k, Additional Cabling/Kit ~£3k
Like the skirting lights Gaz, are they just rope lights?
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 cheap
oh! and they are wedged betwwen the skirt and the floor.
nice ht is that velvet on the walls?
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