I'm framing my basement and need some advice. Against one exterior wall, the builder put in two small windows. The glass measures 7" x 24", so they don't let in very much light.
About 1 foot in from the windows, an I-beam runs the width of the room, across both windows, further limiting the view of the outside.
And for the final straw, I took a closer look now that I'm framing that part of the basement. And I found that the windows were put in 4" above the floor joists. Even if I drywalled the ceiling without using furring channels, I'm going to be hitting the windows.
As I see it, I have three options:
1. Build a U-shaped soffit around the I-beam and leave the ceiling open on the side nearest the wall.
2. Carry the soffit to the wall and cover up the windows altogether.
3. Lower the windows so that the top is below the floor joits (or brick them in to remove them altogether.
Has anyone ever seen this and if so, what would you advise? I'm leaning toward just carrying the soffit to the wall, covering up with windows and being done with it. But that seems like a halfway measure, plus I don't know what code would say about that. I have no plans to put a bedroom in the basement. I really don't want to put in a well. There's a deck on the outside which I'd have to dismantle to do it and that would land me in the doghouse!