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Basement ducting questions - How would YOU frame this & lighting suggestions

gussy1002November 9, 2012
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.

Any ideas at this time would be appreciated.
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gussy1002
no one?
    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 12:00PM
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    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 5:00AM
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Shawn Lagemann
I'm trying to get a grasp on this. Is all of the framing finished? How did you frame around the ductwork. 14" down is a long way down. Also, how did you plan to finish out the window? Sheetrock wrapped, or casings and sill? If the ceiling is 9' and the ductwork is 14" deep (is that a finished measurement, with sheetrock) that leaves you with 7" 10" of headroom. If you furr down the ceiling in the tunnel area, you could box the ceiling around the window and install a small pot in the top of the box out to "fake" daylight at night, but it would look best if you wrapped the sheetrock. Unless the card table will be directly below the central chandelier, I'm not sure you will have enough room. Watch the dimension on the chandelier. Sconces on dimmers can be added here and there. There are some very low profile halogen and LED pot lights. Layer in more light with lamps and put them on a switch. I'm really not sure if I've helped you or not.
    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 5:47AM
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gussy1002
Hey thanks for the reply. No the framing is not finished yet, in fact I'm just starting on it.

Yes, the finished ductwork will be 14" from ceiling. That is the depth of the ceiling beam and I may gain an inch or 2 if I stickhandled around the ducting but that would just look silly.

The windows will be casings, sill and trim. They are 28X60 and I was planning on doing a "false bottom" on them to make them appear bigger. By that I mean I would frame say a 34X60 opening but the bottom 6" would be covered by the bottom up blinds. Behind the blinds would be finished trim/window casing.

I really don't think I want to fur out the ceiling to the window. I think that would look dumb.

I think I'll take a look at the low profile pots online today, thought about wall sconces but you know maybe a lamp or two might be the best option.

Thanks again for the input.
    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 5:56AM
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