Basement ducting questions - How would YOU frame this & lighting suggestions
Hi Everyone. Just started framing my basement and ran into my first design snag. On the attached image the ducting is outlined in orange. I don't think I'll have an issue with the top part but where I'm stumped is at the bottom.
The duct runs almost exactly half way (width wise) through the room. This is a basement with 9' ceilings and the ducting drops it down about 14", so still plenty of headroom. The family room and lounge will almost have full 9'ceilings, I plan on doing some sort of coffered effect in the family room.
Anyways, my dilemma: the 5'6" at the very bottom of the picture, once framed in will form a sort of "tunnel"...this may or may not look OK but I'm not sure what else to do. I can't carry it all the way through to the wall because the window is 6" from the top of the unfinished ceiling.
I can accept the fact that I'm going to have a tunnel, but any suggestions how to make it look better? Should I lower the entire room and then raise up a little bit around the window? I think that might look goofy. Maybe frame around all three sides just not the wall side?
As for the lighting, lets just say the ductings stays as is, I'd have two or three pots on the beam side and two or three at the window side, but then they would be at different heights and give different effects. Not sure how that would turn out.
One Idea I had is to have a center chandelier outlet with a medallion (there will be a card table in this room), but because the ducting ends right in the center I'm not sure how to frame this up.