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Old 10-13-2006, 08:11 AM   #1
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Adding a few inches to Basement ceiling?


I'm possibly buying a house, it has everything I'm looking for except
for the fact that it has a very low basement ceiling.


The ceiling joists make the head room in the basement around 6'1. It
has been completely remodeled and has every thing else i'm looking for.

It is a row house, so you can't jack up the house. Are there any other
solutions and if so, how costly are they? Can I replace the ceiling
joists with smaller steel joists and raise the head room that way? Is
there any cost efficent way of doing this?
I'm really only looking for about five more inches. I'd just like
people to be able to walk into the basement without slamming their head on the ceiling joists.

Can anyone tell me what this costs to have done? There is a entrance from the basement directly to the outside as well.
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:22 AM   #2
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Is this a "drop" ceiling or sheet rock?

What are the dimensions of the area? (10 x15, 12 x 20, 20 x 40...)
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:33 AM   #3
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Adding a few inches to Basement ceiling?


It's open. Exposed wooden joists that look to be about a foot to 1.5' long.

I just want enough head room without slamming my head on the joists. Just like 5 inches .

33x17 is the area, 17 foot joists, not sure how many. every 1.5" or there abouts maybe every two feet.

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It's open. Exposed wooden joists that look to be about a foot to 1.5' long.

I just want enough head room without slamming my head on the joists. Just like 5 inches .

33x17 is the area, 17 foot joists, not sure how many. every 1.5" or there abouts maybe every two feet.
You can't go up and you want to go up 5". They make 6" I-beams and they would have to be engineered. Whatever you do is going to be costly.

I've seen it where they dig up the basemnet slab and did out the dirt deeper and then underppin the foundation. You have some options but very costly.
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Old 10-13-2006, 07:39 PM   #5
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Adding a few inches to Basement ceiling?


Agree with Joe,

Yes, there are ways to gain height, but:
Whatever you do will be expensive...whether going up or trying to go down to gain your height....

sorry.....
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