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Old 05-12-18, 11:44 PM
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Furnace/laundry room - ceiling: finishing or paint?

Hi!

I am just finishing our furnace/laundry room - I framed the two outside walls, spray foam coming in ASAP.

My question:

Any suggestions on how to finish off the presently open ceiling area? Paint (with a sprayer) in white? Suspended ceiling? Maybe paneling?

We have a number of obstacles that might influence my decision, such as the furnace venting and plenum up to the ceiling and also the water heater copper piping in the same corner of the room as the furnace. Access to the ceiling joist area would be nice but not required.

I could post pics if needed.

Any opinions/advice/suggestions would be great.
 
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Old 05-13-18, 04:50 AM
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I would opt for the suspended ceiling for just such items as you mentioned. Pipes, duct work and the like. Besides its a laundry room, does need to look like personal living space.
 
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Old 05-13-18, 05:21 AM
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I also like the suspended ceiling for a nice finished look and easy access above when needed.
IMO open joists look better painted a dark color than white as white will highlight any cracks/joints and shadows while a darker color tends to mask them.
 
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Thanks for responding! I have a natural gas pipe that is about 3.25" below the joists to contend with. I wouldn't mind a suspended ceiling, though this does reduce ceiling height somewhat. I would also have to decide if the suspended ceiling should go above or below the natural gas line.

Would I have to frame in some type of bulkhead by the furnace/water heater section because of their venting and copper piping? A bulkhead would also allow the suspended ceiling to butt up to it. Then I guess the furnace/water heater ceiling section would then be open (which is not a problem). I wonder what the best design for a bulkhead would be? How would this look?

I am also contemplating simply nailing paneling to the ceiling joists and then apply thin boards to the seams (it would have a "beadboard" appearance)... Would this work? How would it look? We could access the joists above if needed by pulling down section of paneling...

BTW - thanks for the help!
 
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I am also contemplating simply nailing paneling to the ceiling joists and then apply thin boards to the seams (it would have a "beadboard" appearance)... Would this work? How would it look?
I'd be concerned that anything thin would sag between the joists.
 
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I'd be concerned that anything thin would sag between the joists.
That's a good point. The ceiling joist are 12" on center so hopefully that won't be much of an issue. If I fastened the 4 by 8 sheet of paneling perpendicular to the joists, would this reduce the chances of sagging?
 
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Perpendicular helps. I don't know if that would be enough with panel or not.
 
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What are your thoughts on building a bulkhead for a suspended ceiling? Natural gas pipe? Maybe I should post a pic...

PS - thanks for the help!
 
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