Currently framing a completely unfinished basement, I would like to leave the closets unfinished, for space primarily and to have access to ceiling above. I have 3 closets, one leading to under the stairs which also connects to my utility room (furnace and hot water heater), one enclosing my sump pump and another storage closet. I would like to leave them unfinished, no studs along the concrete wall and no ceiling (open web joists above).
My township does require fire blocking however their code seems very loose in description and code inspectors are impossible to get to answer questions unfortunately.
Is it necessary I finish the inside of my closets? I've never seen a closet enclosing a sump pump be finished, but I'd like to make sure.
Appreciate the responses!!!