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Post 1 made on Saturday January 22, 2005 at 16:55
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What do some of you suggest doing in the case where the customer wants you to design a theater for them, including CAD drawings and the whole works. I am not talking about the equipment, I am strictly speaking of the actual room Design, with platforms, columns, acoustic treaments, sconces, chairs, etc. We do not have anyway of doing CAD type drawings. We have worked with Interior Decorators and Architects in the past. Also for consultation on design what do you all typically charge, a set price or based on per hour. This is an existing customer that we designed a theater in his previous home, but this one he wants much more elaborate so the design needs to be top notch in case he needs to give dimensions on cabnitry, specs on platforms, columns etc. to his trim guy and builder. Thanks for any input that is provided. I appreciate it.

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Post 2 made on Saturday January 22, 2005 at 20:39
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Billing is usually based on a percentage of the total job estimate, which would include equipment, also one design, and two changes, beyond that it is on a hourly rate, usually in excess of $100 per hr. You will need D-tools and Microsoft Visio to pull this one off. My suggestion is that if you do not have D-tools and a CAD program (Microsoft Visio in our case) you are better off passing this project off onto someone who has experience in this area, it has taken quite a bit of time to get proficient at both D-tools and Visio, and is not something you will be able to pull off in a short period of time.

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What part of "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." do you not understand?
Post 3 made on Sunday January 23, 2005 at 19:33
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Can't help on pricing and stuff, but if you want someone who professionally designs HT's you can try [Link: avsforum.com]
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Post 4 made on Monday January 24, 2005 at 14:46
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If you're a builder/general contractor, and not a design specialist, I recommend getting someone with an interior design or interior architecture degree and at least 5 years of experience to do that aspect of the job. Even better if you can find one who's already done a few high-end home theaters. Hell, an Architect with home theater design experience might even do. You've got several things to consider including:

Acoustics and soundproofing design
lighting, and light level control
remote control/automation,
equipment specification
speaker, lighting, A/V signal, and popcorn machine wiring

and so on.

Good luck with the project. Sounds like fun.

Dave B.
Post 5 made on Monday January 24, 2005 at 23:28
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Madtay,
What town are you in?
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OP | Post 6 made on Tuesday January 25, 2005 at 22:54
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Post 7 made on Wednesday January 26, 2005 at 07:32
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MADTAY,
I am a commercial interior finish and residential general contractor living in Fort Worth, Texas. I have been doing CAD drawings for more than ten years plus Home Theatre and Home Theatre cabinetry has been a hobby/love for more than 30 years. My son lives in Nashville and I am getting ready to design an HT room for his new home in Franklin. What's the timeline for your project? What's the B-a-l-l-p-a-r-k your client is looking to spend on room and equipment? My own HT equipment ran 45k. Some people want a real nice room and less expensive equipment. Sometimes it's the other way around. Is it more about design or more about specs?
Gary
Post 8 made on Wednesday January 26, 2005 at 18:12
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[Link: tktheaters.com]
OP | Post 9 made on Wednesday January 26, 2005 at 21:25
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The homeowner is looking into a budget oriented design. In other words wants a lot for nothing, but he will end up spending a ton. He always seems to. He is moving from one of the nicest subdivisions to the nicest subdivision in Nashville. We designed his last home theater for him, but it was very basic. I will be taking care of this project, but thanks for the information. We are currently working with his interior decorator and an architect that we do work for, that will be doing all of the drawings based on our suggestions and input from the interior decorator and of course the homeowner. We are looking at Screen Research for the screen, he wants the speakers behind the screen. We are looking at KEF XQ series for the speakers, Pullman seating, Denon 5803- or 5, Comcast high-def, Middle Atlantic racks, JVC DLA-HX2 D-ILA projector, and much more. The project design,as for CAD drawings, was my biggest concern, but as far as equipment design, I don't need any help with that. I really appreciate all the information provided, but this is a project we will be handling. As for timeline, the house will be completed in May, thats what they say. Anyway thanks for the help.
Post 10 made on Wednesday January 26, 2005 at 21:30
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On 01/26/05 18:12 ET, Impaqt said...

probably the best available, but........$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
What part of "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." do you not understand?
Post 11 made on Thursday January 27, 2005 at 15:06
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If a Customer wants Color Cad Drawings, then he needs to understand that that costs Time & money.

If they refuse to pay for this service, then you need to clearly tell them that Color Cad Drawing are NOT an option..... Polietely explain to them that your CAD Engineer that went to school for 2 years, to lear how to do this Quit the other days because he could not live on a salaray of $0.00






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