Under our garage is a cement room (23' x 20', 8' high). We added it to the construction plans as a storage room, with the option of using part of it as living space. Everyone seems to think it would make an amazing home theater room... ^_^
Well, before we can even use it effectively for storage, I need to get more lights installed. Framing the room seems a good way to make the space more usable, and get a roof I can attach lights to. But this raises some unusual (for me) questions.
How do I frame the ceiling? Do I just follow the basic plan for framing corners so I can attach sheetrock, or are there other concerns?
We plan on putting a wall through the middle and dividing the room. So the final spaces will be approximately 19.5' x 11', with ceiling members across the 11' dimension. What dimension lumber do I need, for the ceiling? 2x4? 2x6?
There is a connection for the central air system in one wall: a "source" against the ceiling, and a "return" against the floor. I believe I can simply put a grate over the return once we finish the wall, but do I need a minimum depth to the ceiling to support running ducts across the room?
These are the only major concerns I have planning this, but if anyone sees anything likely to come up, feel free to warn me. ^_^