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Basement design decision: Full wall, 1/2 wall, or no wall?

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Home theater designI can't seem to make up my mind as to how one section of the basement should be. My original plan called for a 9 foot wall from the front left corner of the theater area to the first support beam. My thinking was that it would be good to break up this large open space, and to isolate the theater area from the rest of the basement. Now, I'm not so sure.

Improving home theater acoustics

It would definitely improve the acoustics in the theater by directing sound toward the main theater area, but would it look better to have it enclosed? One idea is to make it a wall with a ledge and/or planter.

I could also stick with a full wall and add a bench and lighting to make a little 'cubby' for reading, TV, etc. Here's a look at a few of my home theater design ideas (Click the images to enlarge.)


Basement design with a full wall in the home theater area [Click to enlarge] Basement design with a half wall in the home theater area [Click to enlarge] Basement design with no wall in the home theater area [Click to enlarge]

Full wall?

1/2 wall?

or no wall?

I'll need to decide soon because I'm getting near the end of the framing...

Progress Topics

Getting started

Down come the walls

1st mishap

Basement wall cracks

Lumber and tools

Starting construction - Hammer time!

Moving ductwork

Finishing the 1st wall

Around the corner

Five short walls

The big wall

Repairing cracks again!

Framing around windows

Framing the office

Finishing the office

Design decision

Framing support poles

Framing the last wall

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Phase 2: Electrical and Drywall

Phase 3: Priming, painting and finshing touches




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