Finishing a basement with a low ceiling is a challenge. There will be a lot of considerations a homeowner needs to make that can make or break the project.
Here are some of the most common challenges homeowners will face as well as possible fixes.
Insufficient Natural Lighting
Basements do not have the luxury of natural light present in above-ground rooms. Add awning windows with privacy glass and fluorescent lights to increase lighting conditions. Consult contractors for the appropriate type of privacy glass. Close off the ceiling, and make the basement more beautiful by adding wood panels. For a sleeker finish, drywall is a viable replacement for wood, but it’ll be thicker.
Add as many lights as possible to avoid casting shadows, which “shrinks” the basement. Illuminate entry doors to avoid accidents from happening. Avoid lamps because they create shadows.
Visible Ductwork and Floor Joists
Skip this hack if you want the basement to have an industrial look. Ductwork distributes airflow from the heater/cooler while floor joists support the floor. Boxing them in with drywall or painting them will make the basement look sleeker. But the ductwork should have vents to preserve their air pressure and equilibrium.
The Basement Looks Bland
Brighten the space by painting it white, but not white-washed to avoid making the room look gloomy. Light colors, such as caramel and ivory, will prevent glare. You should also paint the ceiling, which people may find distracting if unpainted. Make the ceiling look higher without digging by placing area rugs over concrete subfloors.
You can also add architectural elements like crown molding and wainscoting. Guests visiting the basement won’t feel disconnected when traveling between the two.
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