Stylish Updates for Your Basement Ceiling

Drop ceilings have been the mainstay of basement ceiling treatments for decades but they don’t have to be plain or boring. A wood-look plank ceiling is a great choice, adding visual interest and style to the space. If you already have a 15/16 inch drop ceiling in place, Armstrong offers WoodHaven planks with Easy Up clips so you can quickly install the planks right over your existing grid! If your ceiling is unfinished, boards can be installed using furring strips on the joists or use the Easy Up track and clip system to maximize ceiling height.

For a pulled together look, install WoodHaven planks directly onto your wall to create wainscotting or an accent wall that matches your basement ceiling!

While white may help brighten up a dark basement, combining a natural wood color like WoodHaven’s Bamboo with rich, natural colors and great lighting creates a cozy and welcoming feel!

For a more dramatic, traditional look, combine stone veneer walls with metallic ceiling panels. Metallaire panels, like the ones shown here, can be installed into your existing 15/16 drop ceiling grid as well! – Armstrong Ceilings,

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Keep Your Basement Safe & Dry


For too long, customers have demanded more without results. They have asked for equipment they can remotely “keep an eye on,” or at least get an alert to their phone if an alarm occurred or if equipment needed attention. Zoeller Company’s Aquanot® Active 508 offers technology that accomplishes far more than this, even incorporating unique features like “Boost” mode, fail-over circuitry, an constant pump performance.

As this is the premier product in the category, we designed it to avoid the neglect and dormancy inherent in these applications which are in standby mode in the dark, lonely corner of residential basements. The “Active” system benefits from exercise, supervision, and reporting information that helps save property.

The Aquanot® Active 508 is a high performance, self-testing, battery backup sump pump system with unique features and multiple redundancies. The system connects to Zoeller Company’s Z Control® Cloud for 100% configurability, remote access, and alert notification. In addition, the use of the Z Control® Cloud with web and app interfaces are all 100% free to homeowners. In fact, homeowners can even electronically “share” their Z Control® enabled equipment with a willing contractor of their own choosing. “Now that’s “Real Time Peace of Mind!” – Jeff Sloss, Controls Product Marketing Manager,

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Basement Secrets

If you’re looking for ways to make your basement beautiful yet functional, check out these fabulous ideas!


With long commutes and congested traffic, more people are choosing to work from home. Create a multi-purpose space that unifies some of your favorite activities. We particularly love this space by Meghan Carter that integrates a home office with a gym area. – Meghan Carter Design,

Photography by Leslie Goodwin Photography,


We love this kids’ nook in the corner of a family room. This is a great way to designate a special area for the little ones to play and read. – Becky Freeman,


We love this sitting area by Just Basements with back-lit wine cubbies, perfect for relaxing with guests. – Just Basements Ottawa,


A stylish leather sectional with chaise is great for a family room, as it is not only comfortable but also easy to keep clean. – Just Basements Ottawa,

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