Luisa Kramer. Ceiling. November 16th , 2018.
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?
So put away that outdated beige, white or cream ceiling idea. Put away that stippled/popcorn type finish. Most people neglect their ceilings when they're redecorating their homes. Why hold yourself back? Imagine having a brightly colored ceiling that, no matter what the weather may be like, will be something you can look up, smile at and admire.
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!
Ok, so not everyone happens to be a huge fan of colored ceilings. In fact, some readers might give you that bemused look if you give them this tip. But put those eyebrows down first - here are some reasons why a colored ceiling isn't such a bad idea at all...
Basement ceiling finishing is not that difficult except if you do not have any experience at all when it comes to this kind of project. You may want to read about the general types of basement ceilings to get you started. The first one is the dry-walled ceiling. The drawback in this is that it requires a lot of labor and some rental equipment. It's harder to install and it can be quite messy than basement ceiling finishing systems. If you're worried about having access to pipes and wires running along your ceiling then you can integrate it in the design or provide an entrance. To emphasize the ceiling, you can use trimmings and attractive tiles.
Talking to different home builders can be another way you can get basement ceiling ideas or learn creative ways to decorate an unfinished basement. Home builders know how to remodel and finish a basement at the lowest cost possible and still make it look like a thousand bucks. You might consider making the basement a bar area or even a party room for the weekends. This is a great way to change the basement and make the most use of the space. You might even find you absorb all of the cost in the remodeling project because you will be spending more time at home and going out much less.
Remember to tie a piece of caution tape on any water shutoffs, gas shutoffs, outside faucet shut offs, or anything else that you will want to access later after the drywall is permanently hung! Otherwise you will never be able to access these important items at a later date. Just tie caution tape right on the handles or the center of all of the items you will need to access later, then when the drywall ceiling is being hung, just cut a 2\" hole out of the drywall so that the caution tape can be pulled through that hole. After the drywall is finished and paint-ready we will be installing finished plastic access panels at each of these locations so we can easily access all of our mechanical items forever!
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