Try the Cardas website for some dimensions, and don't forget to allocate space for the mini-fridge. Congratulations on your new house.
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As always, I strongly recommend buying F. Alton Everest's "Sound Studio Construction on a Budget", which covers all kinds of sound rooms, including domestic listening rooms. Advice from others here is doubtless great too, but you should definitely read Everest and learn a lot of theory as well as getting a lot of practical advice. IMHO.
I shall scale the Everest mount to learn what I can. Would appreciate any and all suggestions from others, while thanking those who have contributed thus far.
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No amount of planning is going to gaurantee you a great sounding room. I have read both of Evretts' books and built a dedicated room and so far I would kill for the sound I used to get in my living room. It seems like almost every shop I have been to prefaces the listening with an excuse for the acoustics. All I can say is cross your fingers, I hope you come out happy. If I were to do it again I would certainly get some profesional help.