Drop Ceilings

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Posted by: from Granton
1/2/2012 at 1:59:41 PM

We are looking to finish our basement in our 40 year home build on block foundation. Our problem is the windows are to high up to use a drop ceiling. We are planning on changing the windows. We would really like to use drop ceiling so we could still access piping etc. Is there a way to still install drop celing with window remaing up so high and if we do lower them slighty how will we fill in the area above where window use to be.

Thanks for your help.


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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time1/2/2012 at 2:16:25 PM

Good afternoon Kelly,

You can still install a drop ceiling by building a valance around the window. I've attached a picture from a basement project we did to give you an idea.

After the valance is built your drop ceiling wall track attaches to the valance and the ceiling grid runs up to it.. Just ensure you valance is built down low enough from the joists to accommodate the ceiling grid height positioning. Generally I come out about 18" from the wall with the valance.

You can the build the valance out of lumber or steel studs and then drywall it as well as the interior ceiling portion of the valance if the is no plumbing you need to access.



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Kelly in Granton
Date/Time1/2/2012 at 2:36:39 PM

Hi Dave,

I appreciate your response. I did see something like this online so I was quite happy that you recomended this. However I was not able to see the picture you said you were attaching of your basement job. A picture would be great to get a better idea. Thanks so much.


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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time1/3/2012 at 7:09:01 AM

Here you go Kelly



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