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New house + unfinished basement = GAMEROOM!


By pinzrfun

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    Guys, I've been wanting to post on here for months as this project commenced but the actual DOING it pretty much has taken all our time. We bought a 1700 sq ft ranch with a wide open basement back in Jan and started on the basement around the end of Feb. It's almost done now, but I will just dole out the pics a few at a time so its not overload - plus, we are still working on other projects.

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    #2 5 years ago

    More damnit more! . Is it nearing completion and these are the teasers?

    #3 5 years ago

    You may fit a lot of pins...I am so jealous!

    #5 5 years ago

    That will make one hell of a nice gameroom.

    Nice open space. I too am jealous.

    #6 5 years ago

    nice big place for games! wouldnt know if theres a potential for it ever flooding, if so I'd sure want a couple sump pumps on uninterruptable power supplies (battery backup) capable of running the pumps a few hours. theyed also be good for protecting electronics with power conditioning and surge protection when the games are turned on.

    #7 5 years ago

    Now THAT'S a room I could work with. Size really does matter. Have fun.

    #8 5 years ago

    Long story short, the last 6 or 7 games that I've bought over the last few years went straight into a storage unit, so this is the first time I'll see all 18 pins, 2 gun games, air hockey and foosball all together. I am as excited as you guys! The plan is for a workshop to the right of the stairs, a display area straight ahead for all the goofy collectibles, a small science fiction/mad scientist themed bar area, a tv area, half bath and storage area but basically leaving it as wide open as possible.

    Framing under way/completed -IMG_20140321_124726_716.jpg

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    Bathroom and storage way back there...

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    display area for stupid stuff
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    Some kind of feature wall on the right, first thing you see when you come down the stairs, room for 8 pins
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    Workshop - 36" door to get pins in easy...
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    TV area on other side of half wall. 4 pins (back to back pairs) on this side.

    I'll post more very soon guys! I'm really bummed i didnt do this as it was actually happening but at least you wont have to follow this thread for 6 months....lol.

    #9 5 years ago

    I am so jealous. The one thing I miss after moving from Chicago to Texas and then California is my basement!!!

    To be honest, I actually kind of miss the snow.

    #10 5 years ago
    Quoted from terryb:

    I am so jealous. The one thing I miss after moving from Chicago to Texas and then California is my basement!!!
    To be honest, I actually kind of miss the snow.

    You wouldn't have wanted to been here this winter, Terry - one of the worst we've ever had. I believe we either set a new snowfall record or missed it by less than an inch.

    #11 5 years ago

    This thread is awesome !

    #12 5 years ago

    Couple of suggestions if you don't mind, go with a wider sliding type door for the workshop, no door swing area needed and turn your metal beam supports into 25in. diameter tables with tall bar stools around them and leave the poles round.

    #13 5 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    Couple of suggestions if you don't mind, go with a wider sliding type door for the workshop, no door swing area needed and turn your metal beam supports into 25in. diameter tables with tall bar stools around them and leave the poles round.

    Not bad ideas, but seeing as it's almost done it may be too late for many suggestions. I'm anxious to see how it turns out! I don't see a walkout, I guess it's up and down the stairs?

    #14 5 years ago
    Quoted from terryb:

    I am so jealous. The one thing I miss after moving from Chicago to Texas and then California is my basement!!!
    To be honest, I actually kind of miss the snow.

    Snow is only an hour away, I have extra shovels.

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    #15 5 years ago
    Quoted from sed6:

    Not bad ideas, but seeing as it's almost done it may be too late for many suggestions. I'm anxious to see how it turns out! I don't see a walkout, I guess it's up and down the stairs?

    Yes, too late for those kinds of changes. We wanted to be able to market the house as a 4 bedroom if/ when we sell one day so we went with an actual door on the workshop. But at 36" will still be fine to get pins in. The closet will be cedar, havent gotten to that yet.
    We will have some kind of countertop on the half wall so we can put a couple stools on the tv side and people can watch the pin action on the other side. We do have an idea for the poles though - at least one of them. Thats for a future post to this thread as its not implemented yet.
    And unfortunately no walkout. I do have access to a 24' liftgate truck and an Escalera ( and several volunteers that want everything set up so they can play too) so the pain of getting everything down there should be eased a bit.

    #16 5 years ago

    Awesome. I recently did something similar, except the emphasis was more on a Home Theater with a pinball machine in the room. Now that the room is done and the pinball is on its way, I'm leaning more towards getting rid of my computer room and making it a dedicated Pinball one.

    Looking forward to more pics.

    Andretti

    #17 5 years ago

    Next thing you know the home theater is gone.

    I started with the small room for pins. I had 4 pins in there with room for 3 more but it would be tight. The big room was the theater. Wow. I love pins and the theater doesn't get much use so I swap rooms. Now room for 13 pins but theater still doesn't get much use. I've been idly thinking, why do I need a theater? If I get rid of it I can get 7 more pins in there... So far the theater is safe since I currently have room for 2 more in the current room but it's days are numbered...

    #18 5 years ago

    LOL, I can really see how that could easily happen.

    My room couldn't switch so easily. In the theater room I put a cabinet in the wall for the media equipment (and have all the input lines running to there through the walls and ceiling), and am about to cut another hole in a different wall in the same room for a dvd movie cabinet. With the furniture we purchased specifically for that layout and all, putting it full of pins and moving everything else to the current computer room, I doubt anything would fit (I consider this a good thing, lol). But even changing out the computer room to just a dedicated game room, I can easily fit 6-7 pins in there and still leave my driving simulator cockpit I built in there too.

    I'm big into movie watching and surround sound stuff so I plan on making time for both. Of course, time will tell =]

    Andretti

    #19 5 years ago

    With the framing done, it was on to electrical. We were planning on 3 separate areas - the big space on one side of the half wall with 8 pins against some kind of feature wall and 2 pairs of pins back to back against the half wall. A tv area with couch, popcorn machine, etc on the other side of the half wall. And a wall of 6 pins on the long wall near the bathroom. I wanted them all on dimmers to customize the feel. And I wanted to be able to turn all the pins on from one spot. So we planned 3 20 amp circuits for the pins. I bought a couple books on electricity/wiring and started reading. I did all the wiring myself. I ended up pulling over 1000 feet of wire.

    The plan - the only thing we ended up changing was the location of the wall switches to turn on the games.
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    Can lights up - I can finally see. Spacing out the outlets...
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    Pulling wire....lots of wire.....
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    We lost about 5 inches due to that PVC pipe - I wanted a flat wall there to hang posters or whatever so we had to build it out. I would do the same thing again. In fact I did on another wall.
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    The switch box for the 3 20 amp circuits to control the pins.
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    Believe it or not, running the wire to the half wall gave me more problems than almost anything...
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    The basement wasn't plumbed for a half bath (i mean, seriously? so we had to bust up the floor.IMG_20140422_121749_254.jpg
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    Next installment - insulation and drywall.......

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    #20 5 years ago

    Wow, very nice, keep the faith.!! When do you expect this to be ready? will be watching....
    too bad about the non-plumbing, but it is a must down there.! great job so far.

    #21 5 years ago

    We still have to install the fixtures in the bathroom and finish up a couple odds and ends. The carpet and trim went in 2 or 3 weeks ago..... And yes, we definitely wanted a bathroom downstairs. Thanks -

    #22 5 years ago

    Looking good.

    #23 5 years ago

    We had to get an egress window installed as the basement was now considered "living space" ( in February in Michigan. Those guys earned their money.)

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    #24 5 years ago

    Nice. I recommend putting in some sound insulation in the ceiling.

    #25 5 years ago

    We (meaning my wife) decided to go with blow in insulation.
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    Drywall getting ready to go up.
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    #26 5 years ago

    Drywall. We thought about doing it ourselves. For about 5 minutes.

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    #27 5 years ago

    Love seeing the progress! Congrats on the work!

    #28 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinzrfun:

    Drywall. We thought about doing it ourselves. For about 5 minutes.

    Good move. Drywall is an art. I learned a long time ago if you find a relatively close drywall contractor store in your area you can get the guys in the store to connect you with someone to do a side job. Yes there are stores dedicated to drywall. I was surprised when I heard of it.

    #29 5 years ago

    You guys are lucky! Basements in So Cal are almost non-existent. Something about earthquakes or the water table. All we've got is sunshine.

    #30 5 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    You guys are lucky! Basements in So Cal are almost non-existent. Something about earthquakes or the water table. All we've got is sunshine.

    Not in the mountains, we have sunshine and basements.

    #31 5 years ago

    So, what's going in here once its done?

    #32 5 years ago
    Quoted from tracelifter:

    Not in the mountains, we have sunshine and basements.

    And fish?

    #33 5 years ago
    Quoted from PinBiohazard:

    So, what's going in here once its done?

    18 pins, 2 gun games, air hockey, foosball, a sci fi/mad scientist themed bar, and a tv area.

    #34 5 years ago

    Thats cool I didnt read the whole thread. What did you do with the ceiling? I painted mine flat black and left it open because i need a ccess to pull wiring and hate drop ceilings. That space is 31 x 22 then my shop is 31 x 17. Pretty sure I cant fit 18 pins in both areas but I am working on it. Centaur arriving tomorrow which gets me to 7. Included a before shot so you can see how much bigger it looks. Check it out.

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    #35 5 years ago

    RCBrown316, the red walls look amazing. I was tempted, but ultimately didn't have the stones to do mine in red. lol

    Pinzrfun, definitely looking forward to the pics of the mad scientist themed bar, sounds very cool.

    #36 5 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    You guys are lucky! Basements in So Cal are almost non-existent. Something about earthquakes or the water table. All we've got is sunshine.

    Yeah, I wish I could have a basement. Especially one this large, ahhh the amount of pins you could fit! In Castro valley the water table is only a few feet deep. Would be a very short basement. The closest thing we can get is a garage. It's getting so damn expensive to live in California. If it wasn't for the amount of jobs in my industry, I would have moved already.

    #37 5 years ago

    Wow, awesome job. That's a ton of work. Looking forward to seeing more.

    #38 5 years ago
    Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

    Yeah, I wish I could have a basement. Especially one this large, ahhh the amount of pins you could fit! In Castro valley the water table is only a few feet deep. Would be a very short basement. The closest thing we can get is a garage.

    Yep. I have a crawl space under my house that is great for repairing plumbing but not so great for putting pinball machines. My answer was to get rid of any and all unnecessary vehicles and furniture.

    #39 5 years ago

    We did the ceiling flat black too. Due to scheduling restraints we had to do the ceiling after the drywall which required a little extra work, but not much. We used DryFall flat black, which dries to dust when it falls 8' or more and can be swept up. Unfortunately our ceiling was a few inches shy, but we were sealing the floor anyways so it wasn't a concern. Sprayer rental $99, 2 5-gal buckets of DryFall $198.00.

    The equipment.
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    Before
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    After - notice the floor too....Pictures kinda suck but there are better shots coming.
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    And floor sealed.......
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    #40 5 years ago

    While shopping for the floor sealer we got an idea for the feature wall. Next will be those, and pics of paint, trim and carpet, and that will pretty much bring it up to where we are right now.

    #41 5 years ago

    man....not wasting any time! sweet!

    #42 5 years ago

    Love the ceiling! Open ceilings look soo good. Dont know why for so many years people hung ceiling tiles.

    Ehhh, I am going to have to move back to the mid-west some day. So Jealous with these basements. I did find a house for-sale that had a guest house in the back yard... Would have loved to convert the entire house into an arcade. That, or I build a shed.

    Quoted from pinzrfun:

    trim and carpet

    Are you picking carpet for sound control or the winters? I think synthetic hardwood floors would look great. The indestructible resin ones. You can spill all the beer you want and just mop it up.

    #43 5 years ago

    I like open ceilings (and you'll be glad it's open when issues arise). Really like the flat black, very industrial.

    #44 5 years ago
    Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

    Love the ceiling! Open ceilings look soo good. Dont know why for so many years people hung ceiling tiles.
    Ehhh, I am going to have to move back to the mid-west some day. So Jealous with these basements. I did find a house for-sale that had a guest house in the back yard... Would have loved to convert the entire house into an arcade. That, or I build a shed.

    Are you picking carpet for sound control or the winters? I think synthetic hardwood floors would look great. The indestructible resin ones. You can spill all the beer you want and just mop it up.

    Carpet for both reasons....j would lean more towards comfort though.

    #45 5 years ago
    Quoted from toyotaboy:

    I like open ceilings (and you'll be glad it's open when issues arise). Really like the flat black, very industrial.

    Yeah, I love playing with lighting. I have hidden outlets all over the place in the ceiling to add random neon or track lights to accent certain things. Drives the wife nuts when we r settling down to.watch a movie and I'll turn off this lamp, turn on that one, then do the opposite. Gotta create the mood, you know?, lol

    #46 5 years ago

    Sweet thread and awesome space. (Jealous)

    #47 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinzrfun:

    We did the ceiling flat black too.

    Yep I just did my (second) ceiling like that. I ended up buying a $80 sprayer and it only took 2 gallons of the cheapest flat to get done. It took a few applications though and was a little bit of a pain but gotta save monies anywhere I can.
    Great job...looking good!

    Quoted from pinzrfun:

    I have hidden outlets all over the place in the ceiling

    Same here. I think we got a lot of the same stuff going on here, but it seems you have much more space.

    Us Michigan guys are banging it out this summer!

    #48 5 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Yep I just did my (second) ceiling like that. I ended up buying a $80 sprayer and it only took 2 gallons of the cheapest flat to get done. It took a few applicatns though and was a little bit of a pain but gotta save monies anywhere I can.
    Great job...looking good!

    Same here. I think we got a lot of the same stuff going on here, but it seems you have much more space.
    Us Michigan guys are banging it out this summer!

    Ann Arbor, you're like 20 min from me! I smell a little pinball party brewing.....

    #49 5 years ago

    This is an effing awesome thread. Shitload of work man, very cool!

    Can't wait to see the progress!

    #50 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinzrfun:

    Ann Arbor, you're like 20 min from me! I smell a little pinball party brewing.....

    As they say 2 seasons, Winter and Construction...luckily it's basement construction this summer

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