My loft conversion to a cinema

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  1. N0RTHERN M0NKEY

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    Right, welcome to the dullest thread in history.

    Not as flash as some on here, but it's a start!

    Been at it a few months, but I'll post the pics as they sort of hapenned...

    These were after I'd sorted out the joists for the flooring - it was really hard working up there with the dust - the light wasn't exactly ideal either...

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    A heroic monkey putting in the insulation...

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    New joists down, getting ready to stick in a load of flooring...

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    The old ladder and wall...

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    Insulation in and first half of flooring down...

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    Floor again! (this was big **** at the time!)

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    And a blurry pic of a window! Made it loads easier to breathe up there and much cooler...

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    Right then, hole in the ceiling soo that I could get the velux up...

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    Wall between landing and bedroom...

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    Plaster off...

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    Wall down...

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    And this is where I'm up to as of today.

    Got all my flooring in, and plastered the walls over the storage areas, plus plastered my hanging ceiling. All the plasterboarding is now done up there, apart from the gable ends. Going to double board them with acoustically insulated board.

    Left in an access hole, and made the recesses for the av kit and the fridge.



    The sofa end...

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    Where the screen will go...

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    Recess for AV kit...

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    Recess for a fridge...

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    :eek: WOW... I'm loving this already :thumbsup:

    IS it now finished and your just showing us the way it was done... ??

    Come on... more.... :smashin:

    EDIT> Owe see you not finished.... i posted while you were still uploading i suppose.... :suicide:

    Sooo, love the recesses for kit and fridge :thumbsup: what kit are you putting in ??
     
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    That's where I'm up to fella.

    First time I've taken on anything like this and I'm doing almost all of the work myself, so updates will be slow!

    I got someone in to fit the stairs and window, and have had a spark in to do the electrics, but all the rest has been bodged skillfully crafted by my own fair hands.

    Any thoughts / opinions / advice / questions will be kindly received!
     
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    Cheers fella!

    Not gone for top of the range kit, as I'm on a budget - doing up my bathroom as well.

    I'm a glutton for punishment.

    I've got...

    Acoustic Energy Aego T speakers

    Onkyo amp

    Panasonic AX100 projector from off here

    Funky 8 foot screen I got on here

    PS3

    Xbox 360 plus HD jobby.

    All pretty steady and good for the money.

    This forum's been brilliant for advice on kit and managed to pick up a couple of bargains.
     
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    Looks promising so far, do you have a target date for completion? If so give yourself another couple of months at least.:D

    Will you be using the kit in your sig or are you planning a shopping trip?

    I love these build threads, keep the pictures coming. :)

    EDIT. So that's the kit you're using. :)
     
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    Nah, it's all sat in boxes. :(

    I've not updated my sig for yonks - not even posted as I've been busy. :suicide:

    I've got a plasterer bokked in for 3 weeks time, and I want it finished within 5 - 6 weeks.

    I'm doing 2-3 hours most nights, so am getting a shimmy on.

    I just want it done - it's getting frustrating living in a bombsite.
     
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    Some good stuff you have there..... :thumbsup:

    What screen did you get - Great Trading forums arn't they !!!

    Looking forward to seeing your progress - :cool:
     
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    My mistake, it's 7 foot, not 8 foot.

    7’ Da-Lite fixed perm-wall cinema vision 1.3g ISF certified screen
     
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    This is lookin' good Monkey. I've got a feeling when it's done it's gonna look the mutts nuts, and you don't have to have top of the range kit to create something 'special' !:smashin:
     
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    Looks great so far Monkey and that kit list is nothing to be ashamed of. Looking forward to seeing the finished room. :thumbsup:

    I'm actually very curious about the head height and width of your room as I've got a very similar looking attic that I'm itching to get converted. I already have a HC downstairs but am thinking about putting a couple of bedrooms and a bathroom up in mine. At the moment the head height is 2.5 meters with about 3.5 meters "usable" width by about 13 meters length (it's a bungalow). How does that compare to yours?

    Keep those pics coming...
     
  15. N0RTHERN M0NKEY

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    I'll measure up and give you the exact dimensions.

    Don't reckon I could get all that up there though.

    I've not done it through regs, but there's probably about 7 - 8 foot headroom in the middle, and it's about 16 by 13 total floorspace, but the stairs take up about 3 - 4 foot in the middle of one end.
     
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    Aaaahh lad......takes me back a few years :)

    Speaking from experience, it's all worth it in the end :smashin:

    Is it going to be dedicated to cinema? If so have you thought about colour?

    Looking good so far :thumbsup:
     
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    Cheers for the feedback folks (especially as it seems positive!).

    Any pics of yours kdog?

    Yeah, it'll be a dedicated cinema.

    Colour's tricky as I want to minimise light up there but also like the added light on the landing.

    I may go for that suede effect paint as I'm hoping the sand in it will help to prevent the light bouncing off walls too much.

    Any advice on this from anyone will be appreciated.
     
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    Looks like a cracking project and great use of the space bud. I look forward to seeing it finished :smashin:
     
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    Dude, that is inspirational.. I see you are doing most of it yourself. Are you in the building trade? I've laid boards down in the loft in my last place. I can do the insulation myself and guess sticking plasterboard to a ceiling can't be that hard, probably just massively labourious..

    Have you screwed the boards down to the floor? I was told its better to screw them down to avoid damage to the ceilings underneath.

    You've used fairly small boards, wouldnt it have been easier to lay down much bigger boards to make the job easier and quicker? You'd have got the boards up easily through that huge gap you'd made in the ceiling..

    Very impressed with your work so far and i'm thinking of doing some work in my loft which is around 60 ft in length as i've got a wide property. Its not however that wide so that doesnt help. I'll take some pics and start another thread on here soon and ask for your advice if you don't mind.

    Keep up the good work fella, very enjoyable read.
     
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    That looks as if its going to be a fantastic room. Good luck with the build.:)
     
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    Patience lad patience,

    I'm waiting until I finish my downstairs before I tidy the loft and take some pics.

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    Cheers fella!

    Nope - I'm an office boy though and through. I've got advice from people I know but have mainly just thought about things long and hard and worked out how to do them. I've tried to over engineer everything - I'd rather be over cautious...

    Yeah, it's not rocket science, but it can be back breaking.

    The dust and heat was a nightmare, especially until I installed the window.

    Yes, but not directly.

    I made three frames and supported them into joists / walls, so it's self supportive. I've screwed the flooring into that. Saves putting pressure onto old ceiling, which probably couldn't have coped with too much weight.

    They're 8 * 2 - I wanted them to finish about halfway as until the stairs went in I wouldn't have known where they'd go to - didn't want to take it all out for the sake of it. Also I had the loft hatch taking up a fair bit of room.

    **** me that's a big loft! A few of my mates are thinking of doing it - I'll never take on a project this big again unless I have to, but I'm happy to help. I'm going to convert the cellar into a pool room in time, but want to put my feet up for a few months.

    When I clear the crap that's down there into the storage area in the loft I can take my time with it. A much easier job than the attic...

    Pop me a link in here to your thread in case I miss it - I'm not on as much due to spending too much time working on the loft!

    Good luck, and if I can help, I will.
     
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    Someone was asking about dimensions...

    Just measured it - it's 16 foot long from gable end to gable end.

    22 foot wide in total, with the main room being 12 foot wide without the 2 storage areas.

    One's about 5.5 foot, the other about 4.5 wide.
     
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    This looks excellent stuff and I'm loving it.

    How are you going to get seating up there? Is the stair well big enough for a sofa?
     
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    looks brilliant - I have a loft conversion also, butluckily for me it was done by someone else before buying the house!! Now I can't live without it and its a pre-requisite for any new house we'd buy!

    I love the brick at the ends, what a shame you'll cover them over! ...but a necesary evil I suppose if its for insulation and teh like. I wish my loft had a proper stairs up to it, rather than a ladder. It also limits the furniture I can get up there.

    Best of luck with the project, can't wait to see the finished version!
     
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    Thanks for that NM. Those measurements are almost exactly the same as mine except my length is a little over 40 feet (oooh matron). What's your head height like now that the flooring is down and ceiling plaster-boarded?

    Any more pics? :thumbsup:
     
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    It's about 7 !/2 foot in the middle and 4 - 4.5 at the sides.

    It's not massive, but a pretty decent sized room for the cost of a few grand to convert it.

    All in it'll come to about £3.5 - £4K.

    Stairs - £1.5K
    Window - £500
    Electrician - £300
    Plasterer - £450
    The rest's gone on wood, hardware, tools and alcohol.

    No more pics as it hasn't changed much.

    I'll post a couple tomorrow night - hopefully I can get a bit done tonight & tomorrow.

    Mainly concentrating on tidying it all up downstairs now; fitting the door and framework etc.
     
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    Yeah, got a big leather sofa, a great big beanbag (perfect for vegging out on) and a couple of thai roll out bed / cushion things.

    Should all go together pretty well.
     
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    Good luck with this Northern Monkey, will be keeping an eye on this thread to see how you get on and most of all to see what the finished article looks like !

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    Would love to build a dedicated home cinema room from scratch. As others have commented I look forward to seeing the end result, looks like it's coming along nicely so far:thumbsup:
     

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