So you thought you'd never hear from me again? Well, I'm back in full character with a vengeance! It's good to see some old faces, and good to know there are plenty of new ones around to carry the torch. I'm finally making good on a promise--or threat, if you prefer--to graduate from my smallish 10x13 HT to much more serviceable new construction. The need to care for an elderly parent has started the ball rolling to add a second story onto our existing home. And since I'm familiar with how useful and creative AV NIRVANA members can be, I thought I'd give those interested a shot at spending my money for me! We don't even have a floor plan yet, so my mind is an open slate. I do know that the new HT room will be upstairs and that I would like to have a separate equipment/media storage room. Also, HVAC noise control and some level of sound containment would be nice. I'll be using all my existing gear, though I may need to add a sub to help smooth-out bass response. I'm obviously going to have a lot of questions, as I've never done this before. And because I'm not handy with tools or construction, I think it's going to cost more than it would for most of you DIY'ers. So where do you think I should start? Room dimensions/materials planning? Consultation with a builder? Questions/Comments welcome! Thanks (as usual) for putting up with my ramblings, and thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation!!