OK this is my first house... I'm on a pretty darned tight budget here and honestly won't even be setting up a home theater in the home theater room for a least the first year or two until my budget stabilizes. But I do realize that there are some things that are about 100x easier to do now than they will be when it comes time to set my home theater up. Basically our house hasn't even had the foundation poured (less than a week away), but there is a house identical to it that we've been checking out periodically as its being built so that we can decide what changes/improvements we'd like to make by seeing them in person. I've got a 800 square foot room that's roughly the dimensions of a 4-car garage... it's actually over a 3-car garage plus over a small portion of the entry to the house... most people that walk in the room call it "the bowling alley" because it's so much deeper than it is wide. Anyhow... the wife has told me that this room is my domain and I may do whatever I so please with it. *Remember I'm on a tight budget here... I really just care about doing the things that will be much more difficult later on* Question 1: While the framework and eletrical wiring of the house is going up, what should I be wiring for to be as future-proof and versatile as possible in terms of audio and video and for home theater formats? I also plan on doing a whole house audio system with the Niles distribution box and their impedance matching in-room volume controls... I assume I can just wire in some basic 12-14 guage speaker cable, right? Nothing too fancy other than to make sure I keep it away from A/C lines. Question 2: I would like to sound deaden the home theater room as much as possible without spending too much money... is there any special type of insulation or soundboard or whatever else that I can put in-wall before the drywall goes up? Any type of paint or drywall in particular that I shoulduse as opposed to others? Any type of other construction standards I should use in that room? Again, remember this is all on a tight budget. However with this sort of stuff I'll be getting all parts and labor done at the builder's cost since he's my father in law. Question 3: Is there anything else I should do while the frame work is up, like any inexpensive home automation wiring, distributed video wiring, maybe something I should have built into the ceiling of my home theater room to lower down the screen for the projector, or maybe some special sort of lighting for the home theater room? Thanks for all your help guys! Links and references to other materials are very appreciated as well!