6 thoughts on “Basement Ceiling Ideas (Part 1)

  1. Hey Eddie, thanks for making these videos available. I finally stocked up on lumber last week and have framed half of my basement solo in the last few days.

    Anyway, I’m wondering if there’s any issues you can see with using 2X3s for the soffit material (instead of 2X4s)? I can’t think of a reason why this couldn’t work.

    • Hi Vince! Well…the reason I do not recommend 2″ x 3″ is because most cross members need two nails on each side and 2″ x 3″‘s split-out easily when you do this! use 2″ x 4″ brother it’s not worth the hassle and it’s stronger with 2″ x 4″ as well.


  2. Your post-production team left some typos in your nice videos. for instance, obsticle should be obstacle and saw-saw probably was meant to be sawzall or similar.

    • Thanks for the Heads-up Doug! We do so much video text overlays that this was bound to happen once or twice! I did not catch those type-o’s before we uploaded those videos!

      Other than the type-o’s…how did you like the video’s content ;-)


  3. Hey Eddie-

    Have you ever left a basement ceiling open, and just uniformly painted everything above the walls? I’ve got a pretty low ceiling in my basement and I actually like the look of leaving the joist bays exposed. Just wondering if you’ve done that before and I so, if you have any tips or advice for approaching open ceilings in basements, because I’m sure there are a whole host of issues that come along with it, even if it seems like a simple, time-saving option.

    Thanks for any advice you can lend!!

    • No I can honestly say that I have never done this before. I’m not sure I would suggest this to a client of mine. Although I’m sure this would keep costs down a little and save a little time, I really don’t think the end product is “professional looking” enough…just my opinion of course.

      I really would not want to see floor joists, pipes, wires, duct-work, etc. overhead in the finished product. I have seen where folks have just sprayed painted everything “black” overhead and it looks…OK…I guess. Just not my idea of a finished “Lower Level” of the house. I don’t want my finished products to look “basementy”, I want the finished product to replicate, as close as possible, the other levels of the home so it feels like a real level of the home instead of having a basement feel to it.


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