Ceiling. Thursday , November 22nd , 2018 - 04:58:29 AM
What are we going to do about these duct-work runs, and all these pipes and wires running 10 different ways? We can't just cover them with new drywall! What is our next plan of action for hiding the UGLY \"ceiling-scape\" of our basement to make it both functional and pleasing to the eyes?
Now it's time to talk about that \"ceiling-scape\"! What is the \"ceiling-scape you ask? Well that's my new word for what's really UGLY overhead in the basement, the UGLY that's going to need to be hidden away from our view!
Solution? Simply \"fir-down\"(or make lower) these sections of \"ceiling-scape\" with 2\"x4\"'s! Just nail-up long 16'-0\" sections of 2\"x4\"'s from end-to-end in all of these areas, running them parallel with the duct-work runs (perpendicular to the existing floor joists). By doing this we make these sections of ceiling 1-1/2\" lower, and this gets all of our framing below all the pipes and wires that used to be our drywall's road! We can now drywall right over everything that used to be in our way with ease!
The wonderful thing about drywall is its unique versatility - unlike prefabricated ceiling panels, once you've installed drywall, you can paint it in any color you like, meaning that you can realize the most whacky of your basement ceiling ideas, be they painting patterns or glow in the dark stars on your ceiling. On the other hand, drywall is quite a bit more complicated than ceiling panels when it comes to installation, and the time it takes to complete the installation of drywalling could span into months (as opposed to the mere weeks that ceiling panel installation is likely to call for). Remember when painting that the color you choose will have a very powerful impact on the atmosphere of the room. It's ideal to go for light colors, such as eggshell, peach or baby blue, as warm, dark colors, such as red or brown, will lend the entire space an oppressive feel - something claustrophobics really won't appreciate when they're already in a confined space underground.
Another doozey on the list of basement ceiling ideas is to install mirrors on the ceiling, which can do wonders for a low, small space, lending itself to the illusion of a much bigger room. This can also intensify your lighting, giving it an ambient quality where it might otherwise have brought about stark shadows. Indirect lighting directed at the walls can reflect light onto the ceiling, making it appear higher in the process..
Ok you have designed your basement and come up with a winning floor plan! You have corrected any moisture or water problems. You laid-out your walls using the floor plan and permanently chalked lined those wall locations on the concrete floor in locations where they will be built.
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