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JasonS 09-26-2009 04:25 PM

Drop Drywall Ceiling
We are starting to think about finishing our basement. We want to do a drywall ceiling; however we want to drop it to cover all the HVAC stuff. We have 9 foot between the bottom of the joists and the floor so height isn't an issue. Are we dreaming, or is it possible to lower the drywall ceiling?

bjbatlanta 09-26-2009 04:52 PM

Absolutely! You can frame it with wood or metal studs. There is even a grid system for attaching drywall to (available at an drywall and/or acoustical supply yard. None of the above is really DIY "friendly" unless you're pretty experienced, but definitely can be done....

MinConst 09-26-2009 09:46 PM

Keep your nice ceiling height and just box in around the duct work. Allot less framing and you will have a nice high ceiling everywhere else. Frame around the duct work with 2x3s or 2x4 fastened to the existing floor joists.

JasonS 09-27-2009 01:57 PM

Thanks for the advice. My wife and I were looking last night, and I think it won't be too bad if it's lower in two different areas. Besides, I think we're going to frame everything ourselves, and hire out the drywall work, but I think we'd hire out the entire thing if we dropped the ceiling. We need to save wherever we can.

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