Basement Ceiling


Old 09-30-03, 12:56 PM
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Basement Ceiling

We are putting a suite in the basement of our lake house and would like to leave the ceiling "open" (leave joists exposed), like in many restaurants, sports bars, etc.

But, we need some ideas on how to "dress up" the ducts and plumbing pipes.

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Old 09-30-03, 02:07 PM
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The ducts you should leave alone. You would have to put your electrical in a conduit. It would look better that way anyway. Don't know about you plumbing. Then paint everything a dark color.
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I've noticed in restaurants that they paint it dark. Is there a reason for that? We are trying to avoid the "closed-in" feeling that comes with the lower ceiling of a basement. Seems like a dark color would contribute to that feeling. Our walls will be antiqued cream bead board.

We'd like to do something with the ducts and pipes to make them interesting rather than obviously out of place. Perhaps some sort of decorative covering, a fabric or something. Or a lake theme, covering them with fishing netting and hanging lures, reels, etc. from them.

If you've been to a Famous Dave's Bar B Q restaurant, they have this sort of ceiling treatment, and then use some tin roofing in places. Each of their restaurants has a "fishing" room and a "car" room, with appropriate artifacts, memorabilia in each. And their ribs are good too!

BTW, we're on Table Rock, having moved here from Blue Springs.

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