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Old 04-05-2010, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Spring, TX
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...will call around to contractors to get an idea as well. I have even considered getting that wall knocked out to make a larger game room, but I dunno.....
Call Jimmy Jines, 832.347.4796. Independent carpenter. He re-built my patio after Ike and did a number of other things too. He stays pretty busy but if you can get on his schedule, he's great to work with.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:43 AM
 
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On our first house the only thing we had the builder do was put in lighting for sconces. We wired ourselves later. It was time consuming.

Next (current) house we spent a lot of good money having the builder wire everything for us. The wiring of our house was one of our main upgrades, but we wired a lot more than just the media room (which we use at least 3 times a week). And we were able to talk to the wiring guys (the builder used a separate company) and tell them exactly what we wanted, where we wanted switches, outlets, etc. It wasn't just a canned package media room.

How confident are you doing it yourself? If you do it, you would be able to choose the wiring (cable brand etc). That could be cheaper, equivalent or more expensive than the builder depending on what you put in. If you do it does that void any warranties?

If the builder does it, it would be covered under warranty if anything is faulty. Do you know what kind of wiring they would be putting in? Can the builder just do some of the wiring...lighting, etc and you can do speakers later? We put in rear speakers in the ceiling and it's relatively easy to do. Can you tell the builder where you want the speakers, etc, or is it just a canned package that comes with x, y, z and that's what you get? If that's the case, then depending on how good x, y, and z are, and how good the placement is of everything...I might want to do it myself. Then you can get exactly what you want.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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A lot of people have the builder pre-wire everything, but then install the actual components and speakers themselves. It seems to be a fairly cost effecient solution.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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I went through this exact scenario for an unfinished space, although it won't be used as a media room. We had around 600 square feet to finish out, and the cost was multiples of the price your builder is offering, so we hired out everything after closing and saved a lot of money. However, at $4,100, I would recommend going through your builder for this. It's a lot more work than you realize even if you hire every step out to contractors. I also don't think you'll save much money either.

You're going to have to find the appropriate contractors, negotiate with them, manage them when they're at your house, and then deal with any mistakes they make. Once you have everyone lined, up, assuming the room already has electrical and A/C to it, finishing out the room will require

1. Insulation
2. Sheetrock. This is a 4-5 day process, and your ENTIRE house will be covered in sheetrock dust. You can lessen this by covering hallways / doorways with tarps, but the dust will eventually settle over your entire house.
3. Trim.
4. Paint.
5. Flooring.

Each of these steps obviously cost money, and I think you would be doing well to get all of this work done for less than $3,000. I'm basing this estimate on the ACTUAL bids we got for our house and then scaling down for the smaller size of your area. You might be able to get it for less though.

Also consider that you will have contractors walking through your brand new house carrying huge sheets of wallboard, paint, ladders. etc, and this will be after closing, so your builder have no responsibility for any damage they cause.

In the end, you can definitely save some money, but you have to ask yourself if it's worth the hassle? For us it was because the builder wanted crazy money, but your builder's price sounds pretty reasonable to me.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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Our builders added a media room for us. It was pre-wired for surround sound and had conduit installed where the tv would go so that the wires don't trail down the wall. 6 can lights and 2 a/c vents. We installed the speakers ourselves (much cheaper than what the builders wanted) and put in a remote dimmer switch for the lights. It's a fantastic room and we use it all the time. This a photo taken when we had just moved in.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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Make sure you put a closet in your media room, that way when the fad ends and you want to sell your home, you can paint it and call it a bedroom.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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Make sure you put a closet in your media room, that way when the fad ends and you want to sell your home, you can paint it and call it a bedroom.
Watching tv is a pretty long running fad. Personally I hate to hear tv noise in the background so having a separate room in the house just for the tv is great.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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Make sure you put a closet in your media room, that way when the fad ends and you want to sell your home, you can paint it and call it a bedroom.
This. home entertainment systems are going wireless/wifi/broadband now so its easy to setup a 'mediaroom'. I'd put a fullsize window in there too. mediarooms (minus the elevated floor) can be musicrooms and a view would be good for that
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:20 AM
 
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Make sure you put a closet in your media room, that way when the fad ends and you want to sell your home, you can paint it and call it a bedroom.
A bedroom with no window??
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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Does this unfinished storage room have A/C duct going to it? Something to consider.
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