COMMUNITY FORUM

TheRavenne

06:28AM | 04/28/03
Member Since: 04/27/03
1 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
Our house was built in 1956 and somewhere down the line the owners made the basement into a '70's retreat; 12x12 sparkly ceiling tiles and dark wood paneling. I despise the ceiling tiles and the paneling. Can I remove the tiles and put up a regular ceiling? I would like recessed lighting. What do I use for a ceiling and how do I put it up? Do I have to worry about asbestos? Talk about being confused.

Jim Fosness

08:08PM | 05/19/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
6 lifetime posts
In my opinion, you can take these tiles down and put up a different ceiling. Your best bet would be drywall. Putting up drywall is easy(labor intense, but not hard to figure out), but taping and mudding the joints is something an experienced person should walk you through. Recessed lighting is also fairly easy to accomplish and would be a perfect time for you to do this.

As far as the asbestos, I am not sure. I would suppose it is possible. Your best bet is to call someone in from your city to inspect it before you start. Just remember, the tile that is on your ceiling is very messy to tear off. Please remember to wear safety glasses, masks and gloves when dealing with this stuff.

I don't know if this is any help, but at least someone gave it a shot!!!

daveg

02:51AM | 05/31/03
Member Since: 03/01/03
22 lifetime posts
iF i WERE YOU i WOULD PUT UP A BETTER LOOKING SUSPENDED CEILING. iF YOU EVER WANT TO RUN SOMETHING OR HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A WATER LINE- YOU WON'T HAVE O RIP THE CEILING DOWN! I bought a house with a drywall ceiling in the basement. I'm ripping it down next year to install radiant heat.

CIWS

03:19AM | 06/14/03
I think the last thing I would do is call some "official" to check for asbestos. If it is found positive, you are open to permit and disposal fees like you've never seen. You can get asbestos test kits from the internet and check it yourself. If it test positive, they can walk you through removal and disposal processes. Sometimes the less people know the better.

I would also advise a drop cieling. They make a varitey of tile styles. And as mentioned above, if you ever wanted to add anything, or repair a problem, you just move them out of the way. Just my $.02.

ksdesigns

07:26AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
25 lifetime posts
if you want an architects opinion....i wouldnt do a drop ceiling. drywall ceilings are the way to go to avoid the "finished basement" feel. You can always provide access to areas above the ceiling especially if you build storage/utility closets in the basement and leave the ceiling in those areas exposed. if you're also going that far, finish the walls in drywall too.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Even though Halloween is past, pumpkins and gourds make great table decorations. That includes white pumpkins, too!  Here,... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1