Thought I would use the thread where I was asking for advice to give you all updates on the "Pinball Loft Arcade" build!
If interested, stay tuned here for updates and links to my blog on the progress we are making.
Below are questions I was asking a few months ago - but now we are well underway on the build so skip the first post and find out what's been done!
Lots of work but going to be worth it
After spending almost 2 years in a temporary house that was already sitting on our ranch property, we are finally beginning our build of the new house
It will not have a basement for various reasons so I was left to decide to spend significantly more to add my 1,500 sq/ft gameroom as a grade level part of the house OR ... Simply build it above the (large) garage that will already be there.
So, above the garage it is.
Attached is layout and drawings of the space:
- 48 feet wide by about 31 feet deep
- Drawing shows 40 games now - spaced about 6" to 8" apart - could probably squeeze as many as 45 games in there in a pinch
- (I know they look close together but each PB sample is drawn at a 36" x 60" scale so the examples are larger that a real PB)
- I will build a small workshop/parts closet in the corner
- No restroom (dowstairs right at bottom of stairs if needed)
- Dormer will be 48" wide and will go out to the back of the house onto a shallow deck
- One thought is to use one corner of that deck with a DIY lift (winch/unistrut/platform)
- Another thought is to use a version of JoeGrenuk and his "pinball escalator" (tow it up the stairs!)
See Joes awesome work here
My plans so far:
- Ambient, color changing lighting that will be indirect (I have a complete HUE set) in nature - dedicated switch
- Bright work lighting that will be very direct (to work on games)- dedicated switch
- 9 dedicated 20 amp runs so I can run 5 games per circuit
- Individual "Etekcity" type electrical remotes so each game can be remotely and independently controlled
- Physical disconnect box so I can pull that lever and completely decouple the games from the electrical grid in the home (lighting)
To make certain "the floor will hold the weight" my builder will employ a structural engineer
I'm using this math:
- 45 pinballs and 20 people above garage
- 45 x 250lbs each = 11,250lbs
- 20 people x 175 lbs = 3,500lbs
- Pinballs will be distributed (see image) about 1/3, 1/3, 1/3rd in the room with 2/3rds of them along supporting exterior walls
In prep for all this, I have a series of questions:
1. How do you get games up there? Alone?
2. Any conveniences that are a "must have" in your gameroom?
3. Fooring preference when your upstairs? Does it matter?
4. Lighting recommendations? Placement, type, etc.
5. How do you deal with the windows with games in front of them? Blackout? Leave as is?
6. Paint color schemes (oh boy ... can of worms here!) Light (why?) Dark (why?) Other ...
7. Electric remote controls you are in love with (Etekcity seems to work well but I'm open to others)
8. Anyone using a physical electrical disconnect? (needs to disconnect and create a minimum 2" gap between contacts)
And, of course, I welcome any and all thoughts/opinions/warnings/considerations