Basement Drywall Ceiling

Old 07-15-03, 06:55 AM
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Basement Drywall Ceiling

I am in the process of finishing my basement, I have completed the wall framing (2x4 construction) and an electrician is working on the rough electrical. It will be a basic finished basement, large family room (approx. 450 sq. ft.), laundry room, and a small closet under the stairs. My problem is that my wife is insistent on having a drywall ceiling, though because of water and gas pipes on one side of the basement, I think a drop ceiling would be a better alternative (though I agree that drywall looks more finished). In certain spots the pipes are 8"-10" below the floor joists, so it is not just a matter of furring them out and installing the drywall, I will have to build an extensive framework around the utilities and then install numerous access panels in the drywall for water shut-offs, etc. I was wondering if anyone had any links, or information about framing around the obstructions. I am familiar with basic construction methods, and I am picturing a large soffit made of 2x4's running the entire length of the basement. Someone else suggested putting in new false joists below the obstructions. It would be real helpful for me to see some before and after pics. Any other ideas? Thanks.
Old 07-15-03, 03:02 PM
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Most good books on basement finishing have some ideas on how to build soffits. There are a number of alternatives. Pay a visit to your home improvement center. Browse through their basement finishing books. You'll find at least one idea you like. You probably don't even need to buy any of the books.

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