Basement Poker Room & Home Theater

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I was able to squeeze in a little work here and there the past few weeks, I made the covers for the center beam. These both give the beam a nice finished look and hide the array of wires for the AC condenser, TVs, speakers, etc.

Before:

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After:

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Had to cut down the cover on the end against the wall to account for the AC condenser tube running through the outer wall

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At the joint over the column, I'm going to try my hand at crafting a support and connection plate out of foam and finish/paint it to look like a steel/iron and hide the seam. I'm hoping to get started on the bar later this week after Christmas.
 

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Had a great weekend making LOTS of sawdust :coffee: I took a break from the basement on Saturday and spent a few hours with the router, making the main cuts for an upcoming poker table.

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Then on Sunday, with the shop now mostly cleaned up, I started on the cedar plank ceiling. This was probably the one element of the room I've been the most nervous about, it's kind of a "new to me" idea in that I've never seen a picture of anyone doing this in a basement, and while the mock up area looked nice, I was still nervous about how it would look in the end. A better description of the idea is the in OP, but basically the idea was to tack small quarter round molding pieces to the bottoms of the floor joints to support floating cedar planks between the joints, effectively creating a ceiling that would:
  • Hide the wires & pipes between the ceiling joists, but allow access to them for maintenance/future work
  • Not reduce the overall clearance (a hair under 7' to the floor)
  • Incorporate can lights
  • Allow for installation of sound insulation, if possible, and...
  • Not look like shit :)
I'm about two thirds of the way done, and it really came out nice:

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The planks come in 8' length, so the approach results in a million cuts. But once I got a work station set up this went really quick, I was able to cut 3 panels at a time.

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The panels are nice and thin at 1/4", which made cutting around the can lights easy. The bottom of my paint can ended up being the perfect template to trace the cut :) I used my scroll saw for the circular cuts.

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And I finished up last night by painting the main drain pipe and the lally columns, I went with this neat "hammered" black paint, they came out looking pretty cool. I may end up painting all the HVAC duct work with this.

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Ceiling looks fantastic. What a clever idea and very functional too.
 

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I was able to squeeze in a little work here and there the past few weeks, I made the covers for the center beam. These both give the beam a nice finished look and hide the array of wires for the AC condenser, TVs, speakers, etc.

Before:

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After:

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Had to cut down the cover on the end against the wall to account for the AC condenser tube running through the outer wall

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At the joint over the column, I'm going to try my hand at crafting a support and connection plate out of foam and finish/paint it to look like a steel/iron and hide the seam. I'm hoping to get started on the bar later this week after Christmas.
Love the train!
 

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@Irish staining the ceiling to match the beam or painting white?
Neither, just leaving it as is with the two tone look. The color of the beam covers is pretty close to the color of the existing floorbeams, so in person it kind of looks like a big grid, almost gives the perception of more depth. The bar will be the same darker color. I thought about staining the planks to match, but the thought of staining and finishing all that area made me cringe, and I find that the lighter color helps to brighten the room. Since the ceilings are pretty low, I felt the darker color on the ceiling would make it look more cave like.
 

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Looking good!

Personally, I would never put carpet in a house. I grew up in a carpeted house and my first apartment had carpet (which I replaced twice in 10 years before changing to wood). After living in the tropics and spending time in Scandinavia during winter, I don't believe the "it's warmer" thing that people say about carpets. Our previous home had carpet in the bedrooms and only after we were getting ready to sell and all the furniture was removed, were we shocked at how dirty carpet was and despite professional cleaning, I had it replaced anyway.

Our house now has slate/stone downstairs and wood upstairs. I don't worry about animals, kids or drunks any more and it's such a relief. We have several large Central Asian rugs but they're easily replaceable and cleanable.

The only plus side about carpet is that it's relatively cheap and quick to install. Buy once, cry once I say.
Agree with Darson. Hardwood is best IMO. Put an area rug or Persian carpet down if you need something softer. Much easier to have cleaned or discard.
 

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We had a very nice Christmas this year - I didn't have to leave the house on the 25th for the first time in..... ever I think. (y) :thumbsup: Soooo in addition to relaxing, the kids got to actually play with all their new presents. Santa brought them all the gear for their new video game setups in the basement - new TVs, mounts, a second Xbox, headsets and bean bag chairs. My youngest & I spent most of Christmas evening getting everything set up.

Area cleared out and ready to mount the TVs:
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TVs mounted and hooked up (with the second best Xmas movie playing in the background :coffee:):
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Xbox hooked up and gaming in session lol
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The area will also support the home theater, so I built a small stand/shelf to house the video game consoles/games/controls/etc and provide a place for the home theater center speaker to sit. It's not finished in this picture but here are shots of both setups:

Normal/gaming:
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Home Theater:
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In addition to taking down the trains to get back into poker mode, I made the support and connection plates to hide the seams in the faux beam covers. I had some leftover 1/2" XPS foam insulation, so I cut a few pieces to fit, hit them with a coat of black latex paint and then painted them with the same hammered steel paint that I used on the columns and drain pipe (needed the latex base coat because the hammered paint is enamel and melts the XPS foam). I used a few decorative nail heads to simulate rivets in the connection plates, it's a little cheesy but I think it came out pretty cool.

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I also added a bunch of shelves to the water meter closet for chip and card storage:

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Spaced the shelves to fit USPS medium flat rate boxes :sneaky:. I have a few more sets that don't fit yet, but once the bar & chip rack display are finished, this closet should fit everything not being displayed.
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Sweet. Looking forward to hopefully fianlly making it over there in 2019.
 
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