Our basement walls were poured to allow a ceiling height of roughly 9 feet. We have 3 structural wood beams that are made up of 2 2x10s. The bottom of those beams are 8ft from the ground. Initially my thoughts when framing was to go all the way up to the upper floor joists for drywall and give just under 9ft clearance. However, looking at the joists I find that all of the HVAC and some of the plumbing are under the joists but not below the beams. To make it more interesting the low voltage (cable & ethernet) was all run below the joists. I was thinking that maybe the simplest thing would be to make the ceiling 8ft so that we don't have to frame around all items that are below the joists.
So I guess the question is, What is the best way to frame so that we can hang drywall at 8ft, which is roughly 9 1/2" lower than the floor joists?
My initial thoughts would be to frame the outside walls that are parallel to the structural beams all the way up to the floor joists and then tie a 2x4 in from the structural beam to the outside wall with cripple studs in between. Does this sound right or am I making this too complicated?
Thank you in advance.