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Old 10-12-2018, 03:31 AM   #1
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After 10 years of dreaming, researching and planning the wife and I have finally started the build on our home, which means I finally get a dedicated cinema.

Foundations went down in August, frames have gone up since and the roof on next week. Expected move in date is late Feb/early March.

Room dimensions are 6.5m long, 5m wide and 2.7m high.

Will be a 7.4.4 set up. Undecided on whether I'll go with two rows of seating, or just one and leave a space at the back for poker night.

It will be a decoupled wall situation to help with noise. Gear....undecided, I won't be going with speakers behind the screen aside from the center as I want to show them off if I've spent far too money on them I like the Paradigm 95F and 55C, but can get a fantastic deal on the new Klipsch RF-7 II and RC-64.

Anyway, couple of photos.

Start by showing off the view. It's the reason we picked the site. Full view from the bottom of the southern alps all the way out to the beach on the far right.



Ground floor frames going in



and the room itself, fully light controlled



I will be updating the thread regularly with updates of the build progress and then the fit out of the room to follow.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:27 AM   #2
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Congratulations mate, and I am subscribing to this thread

Looking forward to your wiring if you are going to show that.. i've always thought having a concrete foundation house, would make things more difficult, but yes very keen to see how you do it.

I'm sure you've done it already, but with your seating, take a look at Atexp80s gallery, and check out his raised seating platform.. it's a nice look and could be extended to make a double row.
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Congratulations mate, and I am subscribing to this thread

Looking forward to your wiring if you are going to show that.. i've always thought having a concrete foundation house, would make things more difficult, but yes very keen to see how you do it.

I'm sure you've done it already, but with your seating, take a look at Atexp80s gallery, and check out his raised seating platform.. it's a nice look and could be extended to make a double row.

Cheers mate. Unfortunately being Christchurch don't really have a choice on foundation. I got a decent cavity above for wiring and crawling around in.

Thanks for the suggestion will check it out.
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Wow, can't argue with that view at all! I really need to visit New Zealand one day. It is certainly on the short list... pretty hard to go further away from Canada though.
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So roof has gone on, finally at the point where I can start planning room layout. Audio quality is of the upmost importance. The Old Man is coming down for Xmas and we'll use that time to line the room.


Have been reading through the Sound & Vision article "Soundproofing 101: How To Keep Your Home Theater Quiet" and settled on a decoupled wall and ceiling with ply, vinyl and sound gib (dry wall) as my means of lining. As per this picture



Will be taking some queues from the brilliant staggered wall HT that landshark did on AVS. Love the design of the acoustic panels so will be incorporating that on the walls in between the columns that hide the side and rear surround speakers.


Can those more qualified than I am see any issues with this plan?
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This might help you, as it's local products:

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This might help you, as it's local products:

How to Install a Noise Control Wall | Mitre 10 Easy As - YouTube
That's a handy little video isn't it, cheers for posting.
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Putting together a list of materials for the builder to order, I am realizing something. **** in New Zealand is expensive 0_o Depressingly so.


Did a walk around with the electrician this morning to get an idea on light and plug placement, plus wiring for all the cabling. Feel like I have forgotten something though.
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Putting together a list of materials for the builder to order, I am realizing something. **** in New Zealand is expensive 0_o Depressingly so.


Did a walk around with the electrician this morning to get an idea on light and plug placement, plus wiring for all the cabling. Feel like I have forgotten something though.
In the US, low voltage wiring does not require an electrician for inspections and is simple to do - running your own cabling may save you some labor $$ if allowed and if youre up for DIY. Be sure to run backup HDMI to your projector
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Putting together a list of materials for the builder to order, I am realizing something. **** in New Zealand is expensive 0_o Depressingly so.


Did a walk around with the electrician this morning to get an idea on light and plug placement, plus wiring for all the cabling. Feel like I have forgotten something though.
Is this just for the home cinema room? Down lights are probably the biggest expense, just because of the extra work in cutting the jib and the right fire/heat protection in the roof insulation.

Running HDMI/Audio cables is always tricky if you are not 100% certain where things might end up. Guides online are really only suited to american houses from what i've seen.. they don't seem to have Dwangs in their walls like we do, so drilling through the wall and running a cable isn't as easy for us as it is for them.

I think that's why in movies people can run through or break their walls so much easier lol

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In the US, low voltage wiring does not require an electrician for inspections and is simple to do - running your own cabling may save you some labor $$ if allowed and if youre up for DIY. Be sure to run backup HDMI to your projector
For electrical wiring, yes here in NZ you can run all your own cables to the plugs/switches/lights, but you need a sparky to connect it to the mains board, check it and then sign it off.


Also, kopkiwi, have a read up (if you haven't already) about cable distance recommendations.. a lot of various statements out there, but I guess just go with your gut.
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Btw, just noticed (Photo #2)... holy ****! is that how thick your concrete slab has to be these days?
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Btw, just noticed (Photo #2)... holy ****! is that how thick your concrete slab has to be these days?
Lol, nah that's just because we want to keep the house high (went to the max 8m build height) to take advantage of the views, otherwise we would have dug out more and had a thinner slab.

The pre-wiring was all included in the house build price so got the electrician to do it and I got him to run enough wire that I have some extra length if I decide to move things or they aren't in the right place. Insulation went in today, she is now absolutely pitch black. Whisper clips and rondo channels go on next week, then December 27th she will be lined.
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First major update. Insulation is in and the quiet clips and furring channels have started on the ceiling



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Gear has been purchased!

Ended up getting a stellar deal on some gear that's saved me around $25k

Settled with:
Paradigm 95F
Paradigm 55C
Paradigm 25S x3 pairs
Marantz AV8805
Marantz 8077 x 2
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That gear is not settling. Nice! Can’t wait to see the completion.
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Let the gib lining commence. Not a great day, for some reason the delivery guys thought smack in the middle of the room was the best place to put the pile of gib. Moving the gib lifter around the room wasn't easy so we only got half the ceiling on before having to move the pile. Me with my Ank Spond and my old man with his broken hand and a wife that stands no more than 5 foot tall, made for slow going.


Dad measuring out where the light hole gets cut


First sheet is up
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Pig of a day, both layers of gib on the ceiling and the acoustic glue in between. Even with a gib lift, sheets at 4.8m long are a massive pain in the arse.


First layer done


First sheet of the second layer all glued up and ready to go up


Second layer done, ducting and light cables pulled through. Didn't bother with the speaker cables or cords for the projector as not quite sure where they're going as yet

Slightly more productive day today, my other brother was gone and he's a builder whom just gets shit done. Worked a treat.

Next up is putting the rest of the clips and channel on the walls which we'll do on boxing day.
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That's acoustic grade insulation isn't it?
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That's acoustic grade insulation isn't it?
The pink batts? Unfortunately not. Can't use pink batts silence on external walls, doesn't meet code.
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The pink batts? Unfortunately not. Can't use pink batts silence on external walls, doesn't meet code.
True? damn never knew that. I thought it was generally the same stuff, just thicker and more dense.. very interesting. I will have to make note of that.
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