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Stand-alone home office... inspired by home theater builds.

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   nightsky



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Posted August 29 2012 - 01:30 PM

This is not a HT build... but a build of my little backyard office that I was inspired to build, after painting in, and talking with so many people who are building home theaters. I needed my office to have many of the same qualities that a theater room needs (quiet, quiet, quiet, with very few distractions). While this is not a home theater build, it was inspired by many home theater builds... so I hope that this will be OK to post here. Thanks for those of you who post information on your builds.... because those ideas carry over into other areas and rooms too. I've been inspired by so many builds... and I couldn't be happier with the way mine turned out. Now, while this is in no way even close to what you guys do in your theaters... it is exactly what I needed for a place to work. Here are some pictures of the build from start to finish... Beginning of project: Posted Image Putting up forms: Posted Image Posted Image Digging trench for electrical: Posted Image Getting everyone involved in mixing and pouring concrete: Posted Image Letting it set: Posted Image Up go the staggered-stud walls: Posted Image Posted Image The outside OSB sheathing goes up: Posted Image Insulation on the outside part of the staggered-studs goes up: Posted Image Posted Image We decided to stagger the ceiling studs also with a layer of OSB on top: Posted Image Second layer of insulation in walls and ceiling go in, and an interior wall goes in to divide my office from a painting room: Posted Image Wiring goes in with extra outlets installed (I hate having to look for a place to plug things in) and then the first layer of the wall (OSB) goes up inside: Posted Image Time to put on the roof: Posted Image Wrapped the outside with Tyvek and then had the contractor add an overhang to the front: Posted Image ...which of course is stuffed with more insulation: Posted Image Back inside, the second interior layer (sheetrock this time) is up and the soffit is started: Posted Image Posted Image Lights and a bullnose edge are added to the soffit... then mud: Posted Image Posted Image Door into my painting room also gets a bullnose edge: Posted Image Finally the primer and paint go on walls (It looks a lot bluer in this pic. than it really is): Posted Image Crown moulding and paint go on the ceiling: Posted Image Cloud ceiling is added to the painting room (I like the clouds in this room much better than in the office area... but, oh well. It's my first shot at it): Posted Image Clouds are added to the office area: Posted Image Testing a strand of $4 rope lights I stumbled on at a thrift store; Posted Image Then, the last thing to go on the inside is the night sky. If you look closely, you can see the illusion of beams that I created around the outside edge (where the ceiling and side wall meet, and also in each corner, and in the center of each wall) Posted Image

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   nightsky



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Posted August 29 2012 - 01:38 PM

The main focus in my construction of this little office was soundproofing. And, while I used a handful of techniques for soundproofing, there are so many more that I could have used. But, I am not so much keeping sound inside (as in a home theater room), but I am trying to keep normal neighborhood noises out. So, if you are wondering why only a few techniques were used... that's why. This would also work for a "Relaxation Room"... which I have found this office to be too. :-) zzzzzzzzzzzz... Jeff

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Posted August 30 2012 - 04:10 AM

So you do those ceilings for a living?
JVC DLA-RS60U3D & DaLite High Power 106"
Paradigm Studio V.5 20 (5) & ADP590 (2)  
Hsu VTF-2 MK3 (2) & MBM-12 MK2 (2)

Yamaha RX-A3010 & Emotiva XPA5
Oppo BDP93 & Darbee DVP 5000

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Posted August 30 2012 - 12:40 PM

I do the night sky... not the clouds. The clouds were just something that I paint the night sky on top of, after another artist paints them. I just wanted to try my hand at them on my own office ceiling. But, I'd never do the clouds for a living. :-) But, yes, I do paint the night sky for a living. Here's a link to a thread that I have about the painted night sky ceilings vs fiber optic ceilings... http://www.hometheat...vs-fiber-optics Jeff

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Posted March 14 2013 - 03:27 AM

Nightsky, are you planning to come to Minnesota sometime during the next month or two? I am interested to get a night sky on my HT room ceiling. It is relatively small - around 200 sqft. My cell is 651-494-2305. If you are not available, then can you please refer me to someone of your choice in St. Paul/Minneapolis area of Minnesota? Will appreciate! Thanks. -golam

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