I thought I would throw up a thread on my game room build. My wife and I bought our second house back in July and I took reign over the basement. She got the house, I got the 3 car garage and the basement. We agreed that I could do anything I wanted down there and she wouldn't complain. If I wanted to finish it and paint the walls purple, I had her approval.
My dad and I have done all the work ourselves and started back in October. We've been working on it almost every weekend for the last 4 months or so. Prior to beginning this build, I had never cut a 2x4 in half, let alone attempted HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, etc. I had fielded a few quotes for having someone else finish the basement, but they all came in at $20,000+ for just framing, drywall and rough in electric / plumbing. That was without doing the theater, which if anyone here has built one, is an animal in itself.
Anyway, I spent $100 on what the guy calls a "basement finishing system". It comes with streaming videos, a material & tools list and email support if you have any questions. I figured what the hell, I'll give it a shot. Sat down for a few weeks watching video, after video, after video. You should see my notepad.
I figured either I was going to do it myself and save a ton of money, or I would crash and burn and have to pay someone to do it anyway. The only work I'm not planning to do myself is the drywall and the actual termination to the breaker box. There is no way I'm getting my hands in there.
On to the pictures!
Here is my blank slate. I bought a cheap program and started the design process. The hard part was trying to make it look like a living space and not a basement. I didn't want to see any of the columns and wanted the walls to hide everything without having to work around obstacles. There were some plumbing stacks against the walls, but instead of going around them, I made the decision to kick the entire wall out about a foot and make it one continuous wall.
Here are the original plans. Things have changed slightly, but not a lot. I removed the shower from the bathroom (who the hell takes a shower in the basement anyway) and expanded the utility room where the shower would have went for a media closet. That will house all the equipment to run the basement audio/video.
I guess we need some lumber...
What a pain in the ass carrying down all these 2x4s!
Now it's time to try building a wall.
If I remember correctly, this was the end of day 1.
This is a few weeks later after all the framing had been completed, the outlets were run and most of the lighting was wired. The theater is lagging behind because of the soundproofing. Ever penetration in the drywall has to be treated, so that means all lighting needs to be housed in a backer box.
Here is the theater:
Bathroom, which is also serving as the tool storage room. We got tired of walking all over the place trying to find things.
This is the bar build. It's a 2 tiered bar, with the framing representing the higher tier. The lower tier will be base cabinets. It's a full wet bar. The front of the bar is going to be covered with reclaimed barn wood and the pillars will be boxed in to make columns which are going to get stone.
A few weeks ago, right after we got 32" of snow, we had some really heavy rains. I walked downstairs to find this.
Turns out there were two issues. One is a crack the entire height of the foundation and the other is that there is no grade away from the house. There was a pond outside that wall. So I need to get some dirt in there to grade it away from the house. I also purchased an epoxy repair system to fix the crack.
Better to find out now than when the drywall is up.
I'm going to have my electrician wire up the breaker box. I did everything else, but don't want to go messing around in there. They show you how to do it in the video series, but I'm not really interested in trying it out.
There will be a total of 5 TVs outside the theater. Each TV gets an HDMI, two Cat 6 drops and a 3.5mm audio cable. I'm wiring up the entire basement for distributed audio and video. A/V will be served using a NUC running the Kodi software. Kodi will grab media from my 12TB unRAID server. I'll be able to switch audio in multiple zones in the basement depending on what I want to listen to or watch. The 3.5mm audio cable will serve as an IR carrier. I'll be controlling everything with a RF remote so I won't have to walk around to each TV when I want to change a TV channel.
The two Cat 6 drops are for either future use, or a fail safe in case something happens to the HDMI cable. The HDMI cables are expensive for long runs (~$100/cable) but Cat 6 is dirt cheap. If needed, I can run HDMI over Cat 6, or just leave them in the wall for later.
Here is some of the low voltage. I still have to wire the entire theater and am waiting for another 500' of speaker wire to get delivered.
Here is the game room as it sits right now. I got a drywall quote for the basement last week for $6800. Everything but the theater is almost ready. I have to run the wire for a few speakers and put in the return ducts. Once that's done, I can have the main part of the basement drywalled. The theater comes later. I'm doing the full soundproofing deal, so that room gets decoupled walls & ceilings, along with a double layer of 5/8" drywall that sandwiches a dampening compound. All the lighting and speakers need backer boxes, and electrical boxes need to be acoustically sealed.