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Example of an urban underground white floor basement design in Cincinnati with white walls

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vilvoorde_style wrote:Nov 9, 2012
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    Typically basements range in cost from $25/sf up to $100/sf. I would rather not share specific costs per owner request. It depends on a lot of factors. The costly items that increase square foot cost are the bar and bathroom areas. Be careful using epoxy paint finish for floor. Get advice from your local paint supplier to make sure you use the right product based on your conditions. A concrete opaque stain/paint is another option you may want to look into.
  • Donita Rhodes

    Epoxy isn't a good product for a basement floor due to moisture. It would peel off.

traceyadugan wrote:Jan 14, 2014
  • jessenonna
    Would any dark color on the ceiling. i.e., brown or gray, work as well as the black?
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    I would generally say yes as long as it was in the darker range of that color.
colleenbh wrote:Oct 29, 2012
lindsayro wrote:Mar 8, 2015
  • Kelley Nancy
    Susan, thank you for the great instructions. One question: if you wrap all the cables, wires, etc in Saran Wrap - after the black paint has dried won't they be more obvious and stick out?
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

    I believe that Susan was only saying that you wrap specific items in saran wrap to protect them from the paint (i.e. water shut-offs and connections points). You would take the saran wrap off after it dries.

newbie1001 wrote:Nov 20, 2012
  • Andrea Camadeca- Miller
    Were could one go to buy corrugated sheet
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    You would have to contact your local hardware store or lumber yard for availability. Sorry I can't be of more assistance.
Krish Radhakrishna wrote:Jun 11, 2014
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    No digging we used existing.
  • Amy Miller
    Thank you for that information. We are just starting a basement renovation in our 1920's cottage and using existing floor, too. It's great to know from seeing your project that it can turn out so beautiful, light and spacious!
aannmackey wrote:Apr 16, 2014
  • tracycfbrown
    This is a BEAUTIFUL remodel.
  • tracycfbrown
    I bought the paint and then chickened out on this dark ceiling. I went all gallery white in my basement instead and it has a loft-like feel. I got frightened by the cozy-factor and was afraid it would accentuate the low lighting in the basement. I did use the paint (almost black) on my wooden stairwell into the basement and am very happy with that until I can afford to do the Roppe vinyl stair covering (pricey- $800 for 10 stairs) that they did in this remodel, which looks great.
independenceco wrote:Dec 11, 2012
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    McClure Tables
    Your basement looks great! Ever think about adding a game room or game area? If so, check us out for some awesome ideas. We would be more than happy to help you.
  • debbauman1
    Yes i love the ceiling - i have a 1950 home with low ceilings in the basement...how would the black painted ceilings look? Would they look ever lower? What is the Brand and color of the paint? thank you!
rose155 wrote:Nov 14, 2012
  • fourjeepin
    Just did this earlier this week. My painter used spray cans of Kilz on the PVC water pipes. He said the paint will stick to everything else. We are so pleased with the results, I got started on another room in the basement.
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    Great. I am glad it is going well and that I may have been some sort of inspiration.
EVR wrote:Dec 17, 2015
bemum wrote:Aug 27, 2015
  • wgcollier

    Is that true even for normal, flat ceilings? I'm trying to decide between white walls and a nearly-black ceiling or dark grey walls and a very white ceiling in my basement. The ceiling is about 9 feet.

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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

    There is no set answer unfortunately. It depends on the specific space characteristics...amount natural light, volume of space, height, other materials, etc.

lauramcox wrote:Apr 11, 2013
  • Mark Gorman
    I am curious what brand / model of lights are being used, or was something attached that makes the flat panel? Thanks !!
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    Traditional can lights are used in a painted plywood panel secured between joists.
dfpartridge wrote:Oct 27, 2012
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    Take a look at the other comments on other pictures and you will get all your answers. Thanks for comments.
fagano1 wrote:Dec 21, 2012
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    No sound insulation was used to seperate the floors. There is a door that occurs at top of stair. Bedrooms occur on second and third floors so there was no real need to isolate sound. Floors overhead are hardwood as well.
  • tuulahopp
    what kind of paint did you use, did you just spray it before you got into anything else? does the paint hold up to the hot metal air ducts?
Algowtag wrote:Nov 16, 2012
cabinathome wrote:Nov 14, 2012
Alexandra Nyman wrote:Jun 12, 2016
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

    The non-metal walls are actually stone foundation walls that have a plaster / waterproofing membrane applied.

knerl wrote:Oct 14, 2015
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

    No sound insulation was provided / desired to separate from 1st floor. All the bedrooms occurred on the third floor.

oc22 wrote:Oct 12, 2015
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

    To protect my clients I don't state costs. Sorry. I would be happy to discuss some things through email.

giladmrs wrote:Jun 1, 2015
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

    It is a corrugated metal paneled wall and yes the furnace is behind. Other photos have questions/ comments that may be helpful.

lethbrj wrote:Mar 2, 2015
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

    Ceiling information is posted and commented on in other photos if you want to take a look.

Kaili Kalafatich wrote:Jan 9, 2015
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    Don't know sorry but I would guess it is a standard carpet with edging sized to fit space. Try a local carpet supplier in your area.
Glenn Campbell wrote:Dec 17, 2014
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redpoint wrote:Feb 28, 2014
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    It has a galvanized finish so no it will not rust unless it is exposed to moisture on a continual basis (i.e. outside). Usually even bare metal won't rust in doors if the space is conditioned correctly. To be safe though you can apply a clear coat to seal it and protect it (for bare steel that is).
mgfox wrote:Jan 9, 2014
James Everington wrote:Dec 2, 2012
lisa4ta wrote:Nov 25, 2012
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    That was purchase by the homeowner so I have no knowledge of where it was bought.
debbandy wrote:Nov 14, 2012
lpaflas wrote:Nov 14, 2012
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    It was not an issue to my knowledge or the contractor would have brought it to my attention. I would ask inspector to state/ identify what building or electrical code section/article limits the painting of work. If he can't state one then he should permit it.
jonstott wrote:Nov 1, 2012
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    Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
    Sorry I don't have the specification information on the black paint color used for the ceiling. The stair tread and riser material is a rubber product made by Roppe.
hlsalton wrote:Oct 25, 2012
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      DEBORAH SEMONES wrote:Apr 3, 2014

        What Houzz contributors are saying:

        Nicole Jacobs added this to Ideas for Partially Finishing Your BasementJan 9, 2017

        Create an Industrial-Style Living Room1. Keep the ceiling exposed. This smart basement renovation reveals a key secret to enjoying a partially finished basement: Keep the ceiling open. We don’t all have the advantage of deep basements with high ceilings, and we need all the help we can get, height-wise. While there are some stylish drop-ceiling panels now available, keeping the ceiling joists open and painting them a bold color like black creates the illusion of depth, helping the ceiling to recede and become less noticeable. The added advantage is that your wiring is available to you without having to cut into drywall.Find a designer to help you partially finish your basement

        Laura Gaskill added this to What's the Deal With Radon?Dec 12, 2013

        How to test for radon. The least-expensive option is to buy a test kit that you use yourself at home. These simple kits, which come in either a short-term (fewer than 90 days) or long-term (more than 90 days) version, are easy to use and are widely available at home improvement stores. Following the instructions on your kit, place the tester in the lowest living area in your home (the basement if you use it; otherwise the first floor) and leave it in place for the time indicated. Keep the tester away from drafts and heat sources, and keep windows closed and fans off in the area during the test period. Once the time is up, reseal the test kit and send it in — you should get the results within a few weeks.

        Fred Albert added this to 11 Reasons to Paint Your Ceiling BlackDec 6, 2013

        7. To conceal a mess. It can be tough to hide all the ductwork in a basement ceiling. Covering it with drywall can rob you of precious headroom (not to mention money). An inexpensive solution is to paint the whole thing black. It won’t eliminate the problem entirely, but it’ll make the mechanics far less prominent without lowering the ceiling’s height.

        Mitchell Parker added this to HVAC Exposed! 20 Ideas for Daring DuctworkFeb 8, 2013

        The exposure method works even in spaces with low ceilings. In this basement lounge area, a jet-black duct system adds depth to an otherwise closed-in space.

        Becky Harris added this to 5 Awe-Inspiring Basement RenovationsJan 7, 2013

        Duebber painted the exposed rafters black; they work well with the couple's contemporary tastes.

        Becky Harris added this to Below My Houzz: An Inviting Basement With Industrial EdgeNov 6, 2012

        "My clients wanted something cool and not typical of suburban basement renovations," Duebber says. This worked to their advantage, as drywall ceilings and walls would have closed in the space and made it feel smaller. Plus, drywalling in front of foundation walls would have trapped moisture. Black painted rafters, ductwork and beams create the illusion of higher ceilings. "Painting the ceiling dark makes a huge difference psychologically," he says. "A coat of paint goes a long way."

        What Houzzers are commenting on:

        Kamey Leon added this to W Smoketree Bsmt2 days ago

        Black painted ceiling w/more modern industrial look

        KHJ Designs LLC added this to WrightMay 14, 2019

        Dark ceiling look in finished basement media room

        Rob Perez added this to Rob's ideasMay 13, 2019

        Gives me ideas for the basement

        Leah Robinson added this to BasementMay 10, 2019

        I weirdly like the matte black ceiling

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