I've been reading the vault of postings for basement refinishing, and
had a couple of questions....
I have joists in the basement, 8' ceilings. So I was going to put 1x3
pressure treated down, shim them up, and cover with OSB for the
subfloor (this is on top of concrete, no water problems). Then carpet
over that, sound good?
I do have a drain for a toilet, and thought it'd be a good idea to
stick one down there while I'm at it. The water softener is right
by that drain, so would you recommend framing that into the bathroom to
get it out of sight?
The landing for the basement is only open to the left. It's framed in
with a door, and it's impossible to move anything larger than 4x4
through that door. Terrible design. I was going to rip that door out
and open up the wall a bit going down to move larger objects down there
(like a pool table, drywall, etc). Any problem in doing so?
Drop ceiling... While I'd rather have drywall ceilings, drop will make
it so much easier for running pipes, wires, etc, in the future. Do you
frame around main air duct that splits the room or drop the ceiling
another 6" to cover the whole thing?