After a trip to Home Depot I had the materials necessary for construction of my platform. With some help from my Dad (and his tools) I put together a simple rectangular base that would allow for perfect dimension of the room. The putty and sanding phase took awhile but it turned out beautifully. I intentionally made the platform raised with a "crawlspace" beneath in order to house the electronic components for the lighting later. It was so exciting to see a physical start to this project at last.