Q: Should I allow a basement with low ceilings and ducts protruding from the ceiling deter me from finishing my basement?

Philip Geppi
Haddon Township, NJ

A: To maximize the available space for finishing your basement, you want to make sure that you optimize the ceiling height in your usable finished area. This can be accomplished by contacting an HVAC company and discussing relocating some or all of the ducts in your basement. Before finalizing your decision on whether to finish your basement, make sure that the final ceiling height is adequate for your use.