I am almost finished the framing portion of my basement bathroom remodel project. All that remains is hiding the overhead plumbing from the upstairs bathroom and kitchen.
I think this would typically be accomplished with a soffit, but the overhead clutter extends about 48" into the room and the total depth of the room is 64".
I have 8' ceilings and I only need to drop down 8" to hide everything. I imagine the easiest solution would be to install 2x4 framing spanning the entire width of the room, but before I proceed:
1. Will 2x4 construction (two end plates, joists every 16") be sufficient or do I need to use 2x6's?
2. Do I need to support the span anywhere other that where the framing meets the walls?
-ErikThis message has been edited. Last edited by: estoneberg,
You can use 2x4's but they will need to be supported at one central point in addition to on the ends.
Even the pros use graph paper to lay out the ceiling grid for each room. It helps not only with your materials list but also with getting equal-size panels at each side of the room. Include items like light fixtures and heat registers. The room should be bisected at the center by either a main tee or a centered row of tiles.
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