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#369466 - 03/12/12 10:39 PM buying a house.
dakkon Offline
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When buying your most recent house, how many of you had a audio/HT room on your list of "must haves"? I will most likely be buying a house in the next year or so... Not sure what part of the country yet, as i need to finish school/get a job prior to said house purchase.

I am fairly sure that Nick had that on his list, as demonstrated by his ongoing basement project...

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#369469 - 03/12/12 11:21 PM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
nickbuol Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
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And I will be the first to respond... You know my answer. With our last house, we were going to "settle" for something in the living room. After a year it turned into "maybe a common space in the basement". Another year or so later, and it was its own room. Not a great room, but its own.

With the search for a new theater, I mean "new house," we (ok, mainly just I) was looking for a place for a theater in every house. Some we said "well, we could kind of do something in this space", but those houses usually had too many compromises on their own. This current house just happened to have a large and open basement with just a 6 foot slider and a window on one side of the basement (plenty of dark areas to build a theater)...

So for us, yes, we wanted a theater. Oddly enough, as we get closer and closer to being able to use it, the WHOLE family is getting more and more excited and anxious...
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#369474 - 03/13/12 12:12 AM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
INANE Offline
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Both of my house searches I had a requirement to find a space for a HT. I focused on basement space because it's much easier to find a blank slate to work with. If you're not into taking on a remodel project yourself or paying someone to then you'll probably have to be a lot more picky about the rooms upstairs (or find a house with a remodeled basement).

And it was primarily my requirement but my wife had no issues with me wanting that plus she enjoys it too.


Edited by INANE (03/13/12 12:13 AM)
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#369496 - 03/13/12 07:55 AM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
Murph Offline
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I know you say "buy" not "build" but I'll chime in anyways. In building my last house, wiring for HT and audio was top of mind. Both the living room and the HT room in the basement were planned carefully. Also remember that networking can be a part of the mix. Wireless is much more common now but sometimes it pays to have that extra copper run.
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#369520 - 03/13/12 12:26 PM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
dakkon Offline
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Murph, i agree.. If i was going to build, i would run the wires as well as hard wire network connections.. While wifi is convenient.. There is no substitute for a hardwired connection...

When i buy a house, i will most likely look for one build either in the 60's or prior to the 60's. From watching Holmes on homes, i am not wanting a new construction. If i do go new construction, i will buy from the ground up and inspect the site on a daily basis... I dont know why people who are having a house built dont inspect their house on a daily/weekly basis...That is one HECK of a lot of money to not be checking on...If someone had 200,000$ in a briefcase they sure as Sh$(!would be checking on it daily!!!... Anyhow, that's enough of that rant..



I think as long as there is a space that i can do something with, i will be fine. If it means removing a wall i'm ok with that, if it means removing a load bearing wall and installing a header well, I'm ok with that to...

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#369528 - 03/13/12 02:15 PM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
shoeless Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 40
Still a work in progress, but here's what I did in my house:

http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showgallery&Number=369526#comments

need to paint and put painted grilles over all the speaker openings. Have m22's and a vp100 up front, M0's for 5.1 and 7.1 and a Hsu sub with a drop down 96" projection screen

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#369532 - 03/13/12 03:23 PM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
dakkon Offline
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Shoeless, your room is similar to my room now.. A Great room... That takes a lot of power to fill... I had to buy more power with the current room i have.

I really like how you had room to recess the screen, i would like to be able to do that as well. Did you have to remodel the house at all to facilitate the screen/speaker locations? Or, did you get lucky and get the space somewhat the way it currently is?

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#369537 - 03/13/12 04:17 PM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
nickbuol Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Loc: Marion, IA
Holmes on Homes. Great show! There are new construction horror stories, but he is in Canada. Not sure how different the building codes are, but corners are cut regardless of which side of the border you are on. Regular inspections are a must.
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#369539 - 03/13/12 04:25 PM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
shoeless Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 40
Built it that way (from scratch) on purpose. The idea was to not limit the TV to just a home theatre. This way we can watch a show and still entertain. Heck, I can watch the NCAA's while I go and get a beer and not miss a thing.

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#369618 - 03/14/12 12:33 AM Re: buying a house. [Re: dakkon]
INANE Offline
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Registered: 02/04/04
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Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
Here is my sketch/plans from almost 2 years ago...

/sigh

I'm almost done with it (argh!!! be done already!!) I decided to make my HT a multipurpose room as well. Going with wide seating vs multiple rows. Not ideal for movies but better for football games!


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