Framing basement ceilings is a breeze when you add the element of soffits to the ceiling project. Just about anything can be hidden in your basement ceilings by applying soffit framing techniques. Generally speaking, on most basement finishing projects the main obstacles going inside a basement soffits 9 time out of 10 are the main HVAC duct-work trunks (heating and cooling duct work) and the homes “main” beam which typical spans from one end of the basement to the other end.
Both items protrude down from the homes floor joists normally in the 8″ to 12″ range and need to be hidden somehow in the ceiling. Soffits are the favorite choice for most basement contractors when hiding basement ceiling obstacles such as these.
Soffits can be installed to run in many different directions at one time and can also intersect with one another to hide a multitude of different types of obstacles. Other items to hide in soffits include plumbing pipes and electric wires which can also cause a design issue for basement ceilings projects.