If your basement is finished....

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If your basement is finished....
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Mon, 07-26-2010 - 10:14am

What kind of ceiling do you have? Is it a drywall/sheetrock or the kind with the tiles that are on a track that you can lift up?

For anyone that doesn't know we're almost doubling the amount of living space in our house by renovating the basement. We're adding a full legal bedroom, full bathroom and entire rec/living room. DH and I are going to have it be our bedroom/bath/living space. We live with my mom (or we live together more like because it was planned that way) and DS will stay on the main floor with my mom for bedrooms but DH, DS and myself are going to be spending A LOT of time in this basement so I want it to feel really done and be pretty.

We have HUGE 4ft x 5ft windows going in for sunlight :D (And I'll have a blog post tomorrow showing us digging out the wells for the egress windows).

I know many people have those drop/tile ceilings to access stuff but whenever I see TV shows finish basements or have basement apartments they drywall the ceiling like you would anywhere else and it LOOKS done KWIM? BAH! We need to make a decision on this in the next month so we're just trying to feel out ideas in case we've missed another option!

TIA!




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Registered: 09-06-2009
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 5:40pm
We have the regular sheetrocked ceilings.
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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 12:20pm
Sounds like a lot of work!
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Registered: 01-22-2008
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 12:28pm

Really? I always assume everyone has one because they're the norm here, oops :P

I'm in the midwest so we almost all have basements. It's wet out and there can be tornadoes. We had to go sit in the basement last week because one was sighted but they're FAIRLY uncommon in Wisconsin, not like Kansas or other places in tornado alley.

Of course my friend in Arizona laughs because we have a basement, almost no one does there because it's too expensive to dig through ROCK.




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Registered: 06-06-2002
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 12:39pm

I'm always "jealous" when I hear about basements in US and German homes.

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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 12:45pm

Yeah I've seen that on tv and I always think, who wants to wash in the kitchen. A first floor laundry room is a bonus in our area. We're lucky to have one. It means you don't have to go to the basement for it but of course now I'll have to bring laundry UP (LOL).

Some basements are great, others are creepy, damp, and spider filled. It really runs the gambit.




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Wed, 07-28-2010 - 9:42am
We have a yucky
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Wed, 07-28-2010 - 11:50am

Drywall in the finished part of the basement; those tiles you mentioned are in our den on the 1st floor, and I tell you what, over the years having a boy who inevitably had friends who launch/throw stuff in the den -

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Registered: 09-06-2009
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 1:39pm
Yep, that's the new trend!
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Wed, 07-28-2010 - 3:33pm
I love the upstairs laundry rooms! The houses in our neighborhood are newer, like less than 10 years old. The home next door to us was built in 2006, I believe. They have an upstairs laundry room right near the bedrooms. I would love something like that!

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 3:39pm
Our basement isn't finished yet. It's in the works. All I have down there right now is an office with an exposed ceiling because we were having this very same debate! My husband wanted the drop ceiling, I wanted drywall. He's eventually come around to agreeing with me, and I don't remember his reasoning! I'll ask him when I he gets home because he's pretty practical, and I know he wouldn't just agree to drywall unless he really weighed the pros and cons. He's also in the construction industry (though not residential). We're in the Midwest, too, and everyone has a basement. I was surprised when I lived in Indianapolis that none of the houses we saw had basements! Isn't Indy considered to be part of the Midwest?