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Dealing With Low Ceilings in Your Basement Finishing Project


September 26, 2018

Your unfinished basement is an untapped goldmine of space in your home. But if the basement in your Denver home has low ceilings, you might be wondering how a basement finishing project will work. Will the low ceilings put a wrench in your plans—or is the low ceiling issue something you can work around.
The good news is that it is not uncommon for basements to have lower ceilings, and there are remodeling solutions that can make the space work for you and your family. Regardless of what you plan to use the space for, you can make it bright, beautiful, and useful.

Digging Deeper to Create More Headroom

It might seem like an obvious solution to the problem with a lack of headroom in the basement: dig the floor down deeper. While this can be done, homeowners should know that it will add considerably to the expense of their basement finishing project. It’s probably better to consider designing a ceiling that drops down as little as possible and a floor that doesn’t raise the floor level too much.

Working Around Ductwork

One of the biggest issues in the basement is that you’ll have to work around the exposed ductwork. This is especially an issue where the ceilings are already low. But there are design solutions that can help, including boxing them in with drywall and adding recessed lighting or leaving them exposed and painting them to make them appear as they are part of a more industrial-looking design.

Creating Light Where There Is Little

Often basements with low ceilings also have little natural light coming in, which can mean the space is particularly dark. When designing your project, be sure to take lighting into consideration. Recessed lighting or hidden fluorescent linear fixtures can make all the difference, making the space seem much brighter.
For more inspiration on lighting for your basement, this article from the folks at HGTV has some great ideas: Best Bets for Basement Lighting.

Using Paint to Create a Brighter, More Airy Space

It’s usually a good rule of thumb that lighter colors make spaces seem larger, and this is particularly true for your basement. Stick to neutral shades of off-white or ivory rather than stark white; this will give the space a bright look that is still warm. You can also use different colors to visually mark off the rooms if you have one large open space.

Take a look at our project gallery to get more ideas for your own Denver basement finishing project. Then reach out to us to get started.
Whether your basement has low ceilings or if you have questions about other issues, you can count on us. The professionals at Ridgeline Design and Build can work with you to transform your basement into extra living space you can use for relaxing, entertaining, working, or working out. Give us a call at 303-346-6100 or request a free quote. When you are ready for to make your basement finishing project a reality, let the experts at Ridgeline Remodeling help every step of the way. Contact us today!