Stevefish69’s dedicated home cinema build

stevefish69

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Hi guys,

I’ve been gone for a long time, but am back with avengance. I’ve re-married, bought a new house and battled with with the local council to get planning permission for a 6m x 6.5m out building in the back garden.

The room will be split in two, giving two rooms of roughly 2.8m wide by 5.4m long - Perfect for half home gym and half dedicated home Cinema.

The kits all been in storage litterered around the house and thankfully the wife talked me out of flogging it all.

Watch this space, footings being dug now
 

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aVdub

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Watching this one :hiya:
 

sammy the squid

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Hi guys,

I’ve been gone for a long time, but am back with avengance. I’ve re-married, bought a new house and battled with with the local council to get planning permission for a 6m x 6.5m out building in the back garden.

The room will be split in two, giving two rooms of roughly 2.8m wide by 5.4m long - Perfect for half home gym and half dedicated home Cinema.

The kits all been in storage litterered around the house and thankfully the wife talked me out of flogging it all.

Watch this space, footings being dug now
Welcome back Mr Fish and congratulations on getting hitched! Good luck with the build, will keep an eye out!
 

stevefish69

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Well, we’re a few weeks on and the shell is up, and the roof nearly complete.

The 1st fix for wiring is going in this weekend, along with the speaker cables hidden away for surround and ceiling speakers. I’m going to run the cables to do a full Atmos 7.1.6 system, even though for the time being the cables will remain hidden away.

We’re now thinking about doing a riser platform for the second set of seats at the back of the room and possibly an Acoustic screen in front of the mains to utilise the full width of the room. The possibility’s will be endless, so I need to future proof as much as I can up front.
 

N42

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Hiya Steve I am thinking of converting my garage into an AV room, Its of similar size 2.8m x4.7m. Ben interested to see your layout utilising the 2.8m width.
 

stevefish69

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We now have a roof. Today was spent running the remainder of the speaker cables and placing the embedded floor trunking which runs the full length and width on both sides ready for the floor screed tomorrow. This is the easiest way I thought for future proofing and hiding cables.

On the Gym side, we’ve run the back boxes and cables for sockets in the floor for the gym machines.

Another couple of weeks and the builders will be done, it’ll be back over to us to complete.

I managed to pick up another pair of Kef TDM34DS’s for the rear 2 so happy with that
 

stevefish69

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We now have plastered walls and the builders are practically done so it’s over to us now to make a start on the Proper Cinema within.

We still have to wait another few weeks for the Bi-Folds to finish being manufactured but at least we can start mist coating as soon as the plaster is dry.
 

DLxP

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Watching with interest. Hopefully I'll do something in my garden eventually.

Out of interest, how come you needed planning permission? Didn't it come under permitted development?
 

imightbewrong

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Watching with interest. Hopefully I'll do something in my garden eventually.

Out of interest, how come you needed planning permission? Didn't it come under permitted development?
Due to the height? Nearly 3m vs PD max of 2.5m.
 

stevefish69

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Watching with interest. Hopefully I'll do something in my garden eventually.

Out of interest, how come you needed planning permission? Didn't it come under permitted development?

Hi,

It’s over permitted development as it’s over 40m2 plus we’re In a Conservation area so don’t actually have any permitted development anyway ‍

In addition, because of the Conservation area, every tree has a blanket TPO

It was rejected originally, until we counter argued and won every point the council made as to why we couldn’t have it.
 

imightbewrong

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Wow that's a lot of reasons
 

N42

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Looking good Steve, keep up the good work
 

stevefish69

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Building shell is complete now, all sheeted up with a long wait now until the Bi-Folds arrive
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stevefish69

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We finally got the BiFold doors fitted just prior to Christmas and have spent the last 4 days hooking the building up to the mains, painting and second fix wiring.

Finally we have lights and our vision is coming to life. The Gym half should be complete with the exception of skirting and the internal door weekend after next
 

wawr

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what a totally magnificent building you are constructing , like others on here I can't wait to see it finished !
Also like the colour scheme you have , its very similar to mine !.
Thank you for sharing your project, :thumbsup:
 

stevefish69

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The gym side is up and running but we’ve stopped work lately on the Cinema side recently due to a pet being taken ill.

Today I managed to get the Surrounds, screen and Projector up and running.

We just need to get the internal door and skirting done before the carpet can go down but for now I’m happy with how it’s turning out.
 

mac_monkey

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Looks great. What paint colour have you used in the cinema?
 

IWC Dopplel

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Welcome back !

Time to have a chat with your local haberdasherie or speak to Whaleys about some dark velvet, it doesn't have to be black
 

stevefish69

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Looks great. What paint colour have you used in the cinema?
The black is liquorice Matt from Wickes, there is a good thread on here somewhere and that came out tops for being blackest and least reflective.

Welcome back !

Time to have a chat with your local haberdasherie or speak to Whaleys about some dark velvet, it doesn't have to be black
We’re planning on making up some Panels to help the acoustics and light control even more.

We’ve also considered wall to ceiling pleated velvet curtains but won’t be rushing whatever we do. Half the fun is making and tweaking.
 

IWC Dopplel

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The black is liquorice Matt from Wickes, there is a good thread on here somewhere and that came out tops for being blackest and least reflective.



We’re planning on making up some Panels to help the acoustics and light control even more.

We’ve also considered wall to ceiling pleated velvet curtains but won’t be rushing whatever we do. Half the fun is making and tweaking.
I know what you mean. I have picked up six more panels of 6 and 9mm MDF as I have enough black velvet left to do another 2 foot of ceiling and one unused dark blue velvet curtain for more side wall panels....

Our whippet will be annoyed with me as the room I will use for stapling the velvet is her favourite afternoon spot !
 

stevefish69

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We finally have a door between the rooms and Skirting Boards throughout. We asked the chippie to embed smoke seals in the door and make it a nice solid fire door.

It’s hard to believe how much sound the door cuts out and when the blackout blind is closed on the Velux the room is now pitch black.

The woodwork painting has begun, The Alarm and CCTV are up and running and the Underlay and Carpet ordered for the Cinema room. The speaker cables are Mark Grants 4mm Van Damme blue which will live in the floor trunking and pop up Just in front of the speakers

We’ve now decided to Carpet Tile 1m up in the Cinema, Bass trap the 4 corners and use the existing Acoustic panels for the remainder of the front wall. DIY panels will be used on the remainder of the room alone with some blank panels so that the room isn’t over treated.
 

stevefish69

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The new Mark Grant Speaker cables are now in the floor trunking along with all the other cables and the slot and holes cut ready for the grommets.

A weekend of woodwork painting and we’ll nearly be ready for the carpet to be laid. Then the electronics can start to be moved in.
 

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stevefish69

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After 2 weeks of visiting Carpet shops and numerous samples we decided on a iSense Serenity Carpet in Charcoal with a nice thick 12mm underlay.

The carpet was delivered yesterday and the Carpet Fitter came over today and fitted it. Within a couple of hours the speakers and electronics were down out of the loft. A good day connecting up and a crude calibration and we should have sounds as well as a picture
 

mac_monkey

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Looks great you must be really pleased.

How did you handle the speaker cable coming up from the floor? I saw the holes in the channels but wondered if it’s as simple as running the cable under the underlay, between the carpet grippers and out by the skirting board? Any chance of some photos?

I did see some mention of grommets - are they for the speaker cable?
 

stevefish69

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Looks great you must be really pleased.

How did you handle the speaker cable coming up from the floor? I saw the holes in the channels but wondered if it’s as simple as running the cable under the underlay, between the carpet grippers and out by the skirting board? Any chance of some photos?

I did see some mention of grommets - are they for the speaker cable?
Hi,

Sorry I’m just getting around to reply, it’s been a hectic week.

We embedded floor trunking along 3 walls of the building so that speaker cables, network cables and HDMI’s are all hidden in the screed until they pop up where needed. The floor trunking has wooden lids and is flush with the screed.

I then used desk like cable grommets for speaker cables to pop up and a long letterbox type cable entry letterbox for all other cables to appear behind the equipment rack.

I’ll take some photos and upload them when I get time. Today we ran a crude standard Audyssey calibration and watched a couple of film scenes.

Both me and the wife were blown away, and that’s before any room treatment or an Audessey Pro Calibration
 

stevefish69

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Looks great, can’t wait to see it finished.
Could you tell me what size your screen is?
Hi, the screen is 92” at the moment, we could possibly go slightly larger but then would not have room for Bass Traps in those corners
 

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