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My garage conversion pics

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by 0B1-1, May 11, 2005.

  1. 0B1-1

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    Guys, as promised pls see some pics on the following link;

    http://photos.wanadoo.co.uk/album/1405141

    Apologies for the lack of descriptions on each jpeg. They hopefully make sense if you follow each pic in alphabetical order! (you can view a slideshow also)

    :thumbsup:
     
  2. monkeynuts

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    Super job!
    Blends very well with rest of house, in fact very hard to tell it was a garage before.
    Pictures speak for themselves!:)
     
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    lovely, now dont forget acoustic treatments!
     
  4. 0B1-1

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    Don't worry Matty, I have built the acoustic panels but not covered them yet hence why they aren't shown in the photos!

    My next upgrade is a new amp as I think this will improve the sound even more. My current Yamaha is a bit old and basic!!
     
  5. MarkusThatch

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    Work has started on my home cinema OB1, I'm in the same boat with amps as you - I've got an ageing marantz and need to upgrade - was thinking of going for a pioneer 1014 or yamaha 1500 (both have got thx stamp should I ever find any cash to invest in new dvd, speakers etc).
     
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    Very, very nice :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    John
     
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    Absolutely awesome. I love how you blended it into the rest of the house like that :).

    Phil.
     
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    Nice one mate!
     
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    :) Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated. I am certainly no expert on home cinema, I just planned how I wanted the room to look from the begining and went from there.

    I've had the speakers, amp and sub for years but the wife acceptance factor has always been low, hence the garage conversion (it was actually her idea!)

    I think the hardest thing about the whole job though was trying to get the builder to visualise the project and understand how the finished room was to look. I like to be in control of everything so I didn't really enjoy the build process much, but I had no choice but to employ a 'professional'. The best bit was when they finished the building worka and I started to paint and decorate and move the kit in to the room!
     
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    Very nice indeed :thumbsup: .The wife won on our garage conversion-dining room. :eek:
     
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    I too had this problem.

    Looks nice though, i also like the way it has been blended into the rest of the house :smashin:
     
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    what was the cost m8, just looking into it myself now
     
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    Nice job. Hope you got planning permission for change of use.
     
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    very well done, looks the b0ll0x. very neat.

    I would have used much darker colours (anti-light reflective) if I was doing this.
     
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    That's excellent mate, well done :)

    Thanks for sharing it with us. It has certainly given me a few ideas for my upcoming project.
     
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    Looks excellent, thinking about doing this myself - but am a bit concerned that the room will feel too narrow ? how does it feel when you are in there?

    What size screen is it by the way?
     
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    :thumbsup: The room does not feel too narrow in my opinion. However, It looks narrower in the photos because I can only stand about 11 feet back from the screen to take the pic due to the sofa at the back of the room (I need a fish-eye lens really).

    The screen I have is a 72" wide draper luma hi-contrast (grey). I don't know what the diagonal mesurement is though! I felt that a 6 foot wide image in a 8 foot wide room was about right, bearing in mind I am sitting approx 14 feet back from the screen. At this distance, the image quality is very impressive on my SP4805, which does not have the highest resolution!. The grey screen is superb for producing great blacks and colour accuracy. I must say, unless you specifically want a high gain screen, go for a grey screen every time!!!

    Since the photos were taken I have built some acoustic panels very cheaply which greatly improve the sound. If you need pics pls let me know guys (you can see my ramblings about this subject on the acoustic section of these forums)
     
  18. MarkusThatch

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    Looking good OB1 - I'm in the final phase of the garage conversion now, window, door, skimming ceiling and skirting board. Interesting to see which screen you've gone for - this is something I've got to tackle. Did you find the sp4805 easy to set up?
     
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    SP4805 is fairly easy to setup. If you have any probs though you know where to click your mouse to!
     
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    Cheers OB1 - you're my only hope etc.
     
  21. psflynn

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    thanks for the info obi, (dont you remember owning a droid?) :)

    I too have just bought a 4805!


    What lighting (if any) do you have on whilst viewing?

    In my current (bodged and very temporary) setup - i can never wait! - i found it best with low level lights towards the back of the room.
     
  22. 0B1-1

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    mate, I have 9 in-ceiling mains halogen downlights controlled by a futronix P50 with the remote control. I have programmed the 3 dimming levels thus;

    #1 = max brightness 100% (don't use that one much!)
    #2 = 40%, for when the film ends so that your eyes can adjust slowly to the light
    #3 = about 5%, ie all the lights are now barely on, just enough so it's not pitch black and you don't knock your beer over, but not enough to affect the movie! The great thing about this light switch is (as long as you have the remote) you can program the fade in/out times. So, when you start the film the lights dim nice and slow to their pre-programmed brightness! :) :)

    ps - as you can see from my photos I also have some dimmable wall uplighters on the side walls near the screen but I don't really use these as they cast a beam onto the top corners of the screen (I think I'll try some blue bulbs to see if this makes a difference!)
     
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    PPS - I forgot to mention, lighting is very subjective and half the fun of the programmable dimmers is playing around and configuring settings yourself! Remeber also that my room is quite bright due to the light colours on the side walls and ceiling (I should have gone for a darker tone really but hey it's only paint, I can always repaint next year!) :hiya:
     
  24. MR.COATES

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    Absolutely fantastic stuff.

    A great looking room.

    :smashin:
     
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    Fantastic looking room, well done :smashin:
     

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