|DrP Wrote:DIY is a great money saver. Yes it takes time, effort, and a little practice but in the end it's a great way to have a truly unique setup. Also, it's a great feeling to look at something that looks great and functions well (AND know that it was you who made it).
How is your room coming along by the way? I know you had made the super awesome mantle and sliding cabinet. Last time I heard you had some issues with the cables but had some stuff on order. Hope all is going well in the "never-ending" project!
Every time I think I'm finished I come up with something new. Not necessarily big things but always trying new stuff. I recently ordered some cable management supplies as I had wires running underneath a heating baseboard that I wanted to "clean up the look" as they would "peak" out a bit even though I tried to push them in deep underneath. I bought 4 pieces of 1.5 meter lengths so I have about 3 1/2 of them left. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052005&p_id=7028&seq=1&format=2 I may try to put some more to cover the cables running to my speakers. I'll have to see.
I had a falling out with my dad over the projector and screen. I won't go into details but he was really upset about the "symbolism" of having them there. Didn't want to rub salt into the wound by photographing the setup - the implication being I was going to show it off to someone. Still not sure if it's appropriate to do so now, but I'll see. Currently we're in an arrangement that forces me to take them down if the family can't get accustomed to it in 6 months. Not something I agreed to lightly, but what can you do. I had a number of things planned for the theater but they will have to be shelved indefinitely - possibly until I move into my own place.
I love those zip cable sleeves. I use one for my computer and one in the theatre as the "artery" to the sliding cabinet - HDMI cable, power, remote extender, centre channel speaker all routed though it to the one element. The flexibility makes it perfect as the cabinet isn't stationary. In hindsight, I'm pretty happy with the way the theatre is now as I made sure I planned it down to the last detail before starting.
Hey, listen I hear ya. Working on project when you share a home is always going to be a give and take scenario. It doesn't matter whether it's your dad, roommate, landlord, significant other, etc. I went through the same growing pains. I remember when I was in school and renting an apartment, I had to watch how loud I played stuff or they would come up and bang on my door. Then later even when I had my own home, we first had the setup in our sun room and I had to make sure cables were out of sight and speakers not protruding into the room to much. It's not just the equipment that is in a state of transition but our living situations as well. It wasn't until I was able to build an entire dedicated room for the home theater that I was really able to have complete control. Even now I sometimes get the "don't you think we should put some couches in there so everybody can sit." Luckily, it's "my room" and this was agreed upon when I built it, but I think you should definitely respect the views of other household members first and foremost. And like you said, you'll probably move into your own place at some point and you can set up the system the way you want (In the meantime keep designing stuff! I can't believe how crazy accurate that 3D render of your room was, I first thought it was a photograph).
I have to admit that i'm a little surprised they would give you grief as you did such an excellent job with all the wood work and design in that room. I figured they would be like, damn you really made this room look nice, go ahead and keep going. If I had somebody living here with me that was so inclined and skilled, I would be like, yeah keep designing stuff and we'll keep building!
P.S.- Just of curiosity, what kind of "symbolism" is a home theater anyway? I like to think that mine symbolizes the fact that I like things of high quality and I'm willing to invest time and money into my home. Just my humble opinion.