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Basement obstacles: pipes and poles

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If your basement is like mine, you'll have lots of pipes, poles, and ductwork to contend with. Some stuff you'll be able to hide or work around, but you may have to move some things around to get your basement plan to work.

How to hide pipes and poles

Ductwork, water supply lines and drains are some of the obstacles you'll need to overcome as you finish a basement.
Pipes, support poles, and ductwork are examples of some of the things to hide as you finish your basement.

  • You'll probably just be enclosing your main ducts in a soffit. Not much you can do with that. If you want to go with the 'industrial' look, you could just paint the ductwork.
  • To save a little space, you could just paint your support poles. There are also fancier rounded columns available that you could put around them. I'm just enclosing mine in 2x2s and drywall.
  • If you're installing a drop ceiling, its height will be 1 inches below the lowest point. Measure from the lowest pipe to the floor to ensure that you'll still have enough clearance after installing your ceiling. Your ceiling must be higher than 7' (except where you've used soffits to enclose ductwork). If you don't have enough clearance, you'll have to re-route the pipes.
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