Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Big Premiere

I know I haven’t blogged about it yet, but, we finished the Theater. I spent all last week painting and the carpet finally came last Friday. We need a few more feet of the cove base and that should come sometime next week. Then I spent the last few days getting ready for my brothers and their families to come up for Thanksgiving. The turkey is in the oven so I have a minute to post a few pictures. Here is what has happened in the last two weeks:
We never textured the ceiling when we finished the basement last time and we wanted it done. Kyle's baseball coach helped us and taught the boys how...

I was so worried that the paint and the carpet wouldn't match and when it finally came I was so relieved. It took me forever to pick the colors and now I am so happy about how it turned out. The walls are milk chocolate colored. It looks like you could lick the walls!

This shot is from the bottom stair looking into the room.

This is looking back at the seating area. We have since purchased a bar table and stools that are behind the couch. This adds some seating for watching football, basketball and baseball games.

I wanted to add this picture to show off my husbands talents. He built all the boxes for the speakers and the components. (When the light is off in the storage room you can't see all the wires behind the receiver.)

And here is the big movie premiere! We had some neighbors over for the viewing of Star Wars. It was pretty fun. We can't imagine ever going out to another movie again. Just let us know when you want to come over. We love watching movies!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Votes are In

As you can see, Jim got lots of his work friends to vote.

So, Star Wars it is. We aren't' sure when the big premiere will be or even if we are going to have one. The carpet is being installed a week from tomorrow. We need to have everything else done by then. We might just have to have the BYU/UofU game be the big event. We will see...

Thanks to all those who voted. It was fun to have all those visitors and some of you even left a comment!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Walk Down the Red Carpet

We have one decision to make concerning the Home Theatre Room and we need your help. We can't agree what movie to show for the big premiere. We have all thought of the movie we want and we all thought of something different. Here are the list of movies and our reasons for wanting them. The polls will be open for one week:

  1. Star Wars: A New Hope (Jim) - "THX was invented for this movie and it is just a classic theatre movie. And may the force be with you...always."

  2. Cars (Aimee thanks to the suggestion of a friend) - "Great colors, great racing sounds and great soundtrack."

  3. The Hulk (Austin) - "That's all I can think of..."

  4. The Mummy 3 (Kyle) - "I just want to see that movie again."

  5. The Bourne Ultimatum (Josh) - "We should watch the first two on the old TV and then go in the basement and watch the third one. That would be so cool!"

  6. Transformers - Just another movie we thought of and thought would be a good one.

I hope you all vote. Please only vote once so it is fair. We are open to other suggestions so feel free to leave a comment.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Only If I Get a Cool Popcorn Maker Like the One at the Movies

I hate my family room carpet. In fact, I hate all the carpet in our whole house and I want to rip it all up and put in something that can be "swiffered" or mopped It was great 10 years ago when it was first put in but between three dogs, three boys and all their friends, it has really gotten gross over the years. I really wanted to pull it all up and stain the cement that is underneath. A couple of throw rugs and runners and it can be just as cozy as any other family room. I get the heebie-jeebies when I think of what is under the family room carpet. I even got a bid for someone to come and do it. As Jim and I talked about it we (and when I say we, I mean Jim) decided that we should finish off the basement so we could move the big screen TV and sectional couch down there while we work on the family room. The second I consented, it turned into something I never expected.

I am starting to think the male brain is more motivated by what I like to call the "Cool Factor". The cooler something is, the more focus they have on that particular subject. Well, putting the 10 year old 54" big screen down in the basement just wasn't cool enough. It would be much cooler to have a HD Projector. And the sectional couch wasn't cool enough either. We had to have stadium seating. Then I started hearing terms like THX, 7.1 surround, 1080p, 92" screen, HDMI... well, you get the picture. It has turned into the project to top all projects. I guess I can't complain too much. The "Cool Factor" is so great that Jim has been focused and working on it almost every day. We now have doors on the closets and storage room. All the audio and video equipment has arrived and is ready to be installed.

Here are a few pictures of some of Jim's handy work:

Josh helping his dad make the platform that will have the leather couch on it. We plan to have enough room behind the couch for a couple of bar tables and bar stools for food and drinks for those days when there is a big game on.

More of Josh helping his dad

The finished Platform. It will be carpeted (yes, I did say carpet) with the same carpet as the rest of the room.

The newly installed doors. Notice that they aren't there in the previous pictures.

The platform has turned into a makeshift workshop while Jim builds the cabinetry that will hold the front left, right and center speakers.

The holes in those columns will hold the right and left speakers. The projection screen will be right in the middle of that wall. We will be painting that area black and all the other walls a deep sage green. The trim will be one shade darker.

I have to admit, I am pretty excited to be able to go down there and relax in front of a cool movie in the comfort of my own home with jammies on. But, it is starting to gett to the point now that when Jim asks for my opinion on something, I am starting to tell him, "I don't care. Either way would be great. Just choose one and do it!" The only thing I really want is movie popcorn to go with a great movie. And, oh, yes, I still have all my old carpet and the old big screen and sectional couch are staying up in the family room.