OK...here we go on a looooong project! I extended my house last year, adding an extra bedroom over the garage and xtending the kitchen. i had toyed with the idea of converting the garage to a HC, but was never really convinced that that was the way to go (steel beams had to go in to support the new bedroom which would have left it very narrow + I really need the garage to keep my stuff in it). Having seen Steve Kinsey's HC room http://www.dvdlard.co.uk/content.php?id=1385 (his house looks almost identical to mine pre-conversion), I have decided to start planning a new HC room accross the back of the house. I am at the real early stages, but I really believe that the more planning i put in, the better it will be! The only issue will be that it will takes damn ages to do (I need to give my builder 13 months notice for a start )....realistically it will be Spring 2006 at the earliest before the real work will start. Anyhoo.... I plan to do this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v239/Gadfium/ProposedHCRoomPlanView.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v239/Gadfium/OutsideView.jpg Now there is a shed load of stuff to get sorted befoure any building work starts .....the ground is really poor where I am...structural engineers need to get involved to decide on a raft or a piled foundation (when I built the extension the piles went down 9mtrs!)...the central heating boiler will need to be moved...the foul water drains need re-positioning...the list goes on and on.... This does give me loads of time to decide on budgets for AV gear (I appreciate that it is going to be a long time B4 I buy kit, but i want to set a budget for each element), and how the room will be laid out (and this is where you guys can help with your experience )..... Things that I am considering are: Do I put in a "standard" ceiling or go for a vaulted ceiling with Velux skylights??? Would the extra room volume help with the sound (I am considering the AE Evo3 5.1 speaker set (budget for speakers wll be about £800-£1K)....are these too big for a room with these dimensions?). Do I go for carpeted floors or wood (I prefer wood generally, but realise that this might make the room sound harsh). What about putting curtains down both sides of the room to damp out reflections...(ideally i would like to half carpet the room walls but I don't think that SWMBO would allow it!). This would also help to "black out" the room for maximum DVD pleasure! What about the PJ screen (my PJ budget will be in the region of £1500-£2K..Themescene H56...or equivalent when i come to buy???) Is 7.1 overkill for a room of this size??? At this point I am open to all suggestions.....any ideas???