If you are looking for basement finishing ideas, one of the things you can do is look at homes for sale. Look for homes with a finished basement in the sale papers. Obviously, you aren't going to buy a home but you just want ideas. However, open houses are a great place to see a basement and what the seller has done with it. Open houses are free for people to come in and look around. This will require you to travel around to different homes but it is a great way to see some of the different decorating techniques people use. In most cases, you will find great ideas because sellers want to sell their home and they go out of their way for it to look nice.
Coffered ceilings, on the other hand, are very similar in technical terms to suspended ceilings, but differ from them in being decorated with ornate recessed panels, offering a more corporate appearance, ideal for those who plan to turn their basement into a home office or formal study. The drawback of plain old suspended ceilings, on the other hand, lies in the industrial look they tend to give a room, which can be great if you're into Manhattan-style architecture and not-so-great if your house has been designed to look like a Tuscan villa. For practical purposes, they're great, as one can quickly access any wires pipes they conceal by snapping away segments of the ceiling. Most building codes require at least 90 inches of headroom for a finished basement, so in the event that your basement has a low ceiling, you have two options - either dig up the floor, or go for drywall.
At the top in terms of installation cost, the professional appearance of a suspended ceiling is difficult to surpass. The same ceiling cover found in most offices, suspended ceilings allow easy access for maintenance and repairs. Also, the individual tiles can be replaced inexpensively and easily in comparison to other ceiling covering methods. There are two disadvantages with suspended ceilings: they waste space and the suspension grids are somewhat fragile, so they might not be the best choice in a space with low clearance or that will be used for rambunctious activity.
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