Lookin' good. I learned a lot from finishing our basement.
Some things I would do a bit different and some things I need to go back and do.
But if we ever buy another house with an unfinished basement...I'll be good to go.
What was your thought process when deciding on a drywall ceiling as opposed to a suspended ceiling?
I went back and forth...drywall vs. suspended when we finished our basement.
Drywall looks nicer, cleaner.
Suspended ceilings allow access to above, in case of a need to run wires/cables or if we have a leaky pipe.
Drywall is much cheaper.
Suspended would be easier for me, as I hate doing drywall.
You'd gain a little more head room with drywall.
We went with the suspended ceiling...my call. If it was up to my wife, we'd have gotten it drywalled by a drywaller. We sprung for one of the nicer suspended ceilings, at least I think so...the rigid kind that have the recessed tracks and notched edges on the panels.
It was a pain in the ass to put up. The cut tiles along the walls had to be notched by hand...and I had an octagon shaped room to deal with, along with a few boxed in ducts, some angled. It sucked and took forever...but it looks pretty good.