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Man Spends Almost 2 Years Building Something In His Basement With Insane Results

By Maggie Watson

Head Cramp Staff

Everyone dreams of having the perfect home with all of the amenities they could ever need, but few of us actually make it a reality. Committing to a massive renovation or improvement project can be costly and take a great deal of time and effort that most people just aren’t willing or able to spare!

That’s what one man was thinking a few years ago when he began his dream project, but he was determined to build something that he’d been coveting for years. When you see the results, you might just get inspired to try this project yourself.

After years of dreaming about what he’d like to do with the extra space he had in his home, this man was determined to carry out his master plan for the ultimate basement, which began to take shape right almost right off the bat. This was his basement before he started:




To begin such a massive home renovation he would have to do a lot of planning, though, and it would take serious action to make his dreams a reality. He began by removing all of the ceiling tiles, the closet front, and its shelves.



That was not all that he was going to have to remove from his basement for his dream project. In fact, another closet space was removed and expanded to make room for an A/V cabinet. He was taking every possibility into consideration.



He then started adding soffits, which help the ceiling of a structure take shape. For this particular project, this meant the soffits were going to be critical to the design and functionality of what was about to be created in the basement.



This is when he began to install the necessary elements of the new room. For his next step, he installed a vintage projector in the ceiling to give it the authentic feel he really needed. He wanted it to feel cozy but with a vintage vibe. That’s when things really began to come together…



With the projector in place, the basement movie theater of his dreams was in the works! While the project was still in the very early stages of production, photographs that he took during the process show that he was making some serious progress early on. The ceiling was really coming along better than he’d expected.



Luckily, the man had a family who could lend a helping hand whenever he needed it. No home theater would be complete without the proper screen, of course, so his son pitched in by helping him measure out the screen before it was made.



After they were finished getting the correct measurements for the screen, he turned his attention back to the ceiling. For the next step, overhead lights were installed directly int0 the ceiling, and sheet rock was placed all around.



Once the ceiling was in good shape, the lights were installed and the projector was securely fastened in its place, it was time to bring the theater to life. He hit the walls and the ceiling with a fresh coat of primer to start things off.



The primer was going to help his color stick to the walls and ensure that the paint wouldn’t show up in splotchy sections. After that, the final coat of paint was applied and all of the preparation he’d done was about to pay off big time.



To get the full movie theater experience, he knew that he had to make the sound of the best possible quality. So, on the front wall of the basement, he added a specialized insulation that would improve the acoustics.



Not skipping out on any of the details that could get lost along the way, he knew that it was important to also install a small stage directly in front of the screen. He decided it would be best to build this stage by hand. It began taking shape nicely…



Once the acoustic insulation was fully in place, he continued with the insertion 0f the sound equipment. After purchasing quality speakers from a local store, he installed three of them in place. The sound was going to be amazing.



For his next step, he was going to build a frame around the screen, so it wouldn’t move while he and his family were watching movies. So, the screen was mounted in place, and the finished product was getting closer to reality.



Not only did he build a box to fix the hole, but it added some real character and charm to his home movie theater. He didn’t realize until it was done that it was such an important element to the overall look. Here it is in place!



Switching gears from the ceiling to the walls, he decided to add a classic theater touch to the basement. He constructed columns that were then placed accordingly along the side of the room and gave it a very vintage feel.



He couldn’t help but look at his project fondly. When he began, there was little more to the room than four walls and carpet. With the right attitude and desire to build something great, he’d completely transformed his basement.



Voila! After a year and a half of work, his dream theater was complete. Yes, it took a lot of time, hard work, and some serious dedication, but in the end, it was well worth his time. This is the perfect getaway without actually getting away!



Now, at the end of the day and on the weekends, all he has to do is go down into his basement and it will be a realistic movie-going experience, without the long lines and high prices. Anyone have any movie suggestions?