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Old 11-05-2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Drywall walls or ceiling first?

Does it matter?

The reason I am asking is because I am looking to build storage soffits tight to the ceiling with down lighting. I had planned on using drywall for the top and back of the inside of the soffits but that will make building and wiring more difficult with the walls drywalled. An option would be to use plywood for the inside top and bottom. What do you boys think?

Sorry to be so confusing but this is my first real construction project so I have allot of beginner questions.

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Old 11-05-2010, 11:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Drywall walls or ceiling first?

Typically you do the ceiling first so the wall helps hold up the edge of ceiling. However, its not critical and will work in the opposite order.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:10 AM   #3
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Default Re: Drywall walls or ceiling first?

Generally, when sheeting in a room, the ceiling is done first. The wall boards are then installed up to the ceiling boards. You can also apply the wall boards first but leave them about 9/16'' from the top. Then you can lend yourself a helping hand by setting the ceiling boards on top of the wall boards. This helps when you are working alone.

Personally, I would drywall and finish the space and then instal whatever cabinetry.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:13 AM   #4
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Default Re: Drywall walls or ceiling first?

You normally start with the ceiling as mentioned above. You can get a little lever for the walls. It butts it up to the ceiling tight, and the crack along the bottom is covered up by the baseboard.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:16 AM   #5
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Default Re: Drywall walls or ceiling first?

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Personally, I would drywall and finish the space and then instal whatever cabinetry.
So I would do all the insulation, plumbing and electric, then drywall and then do soffits? I was planning on attaching the soffits to the joists. Now that I think about it, I could leave the screws showing so I know where the wood is and leave electrical whip out to run into the soffits.

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Old 11-05-2010, 12:37 PM   #6
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Default Re: Drywall walls or ceiling first?

Depends on how you plan to make the soffits.

Are the soffits going to be framed out of 2x lumber (2x3's or 2x4's?). If yes, then frame them up, run your wiring, plumbing, insulation, then sheet rock everything. If you make the bottom of the soffits out of 2x6's I think that might give you enough room for some recessed down lights. I think. If you find the right ones.

If the soffits are going to be built like cabinet boxes then do the sheetrock work first. Then install the soffits. Or sheet rock up to the bottom of where the soffits will go.

Another option for the under-soffit lighting is a track light setup. They have some very nice options these days and the track light would give you a lot of flexibility in terms of lighting position. This could be installed under either soffit setup.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:15 PM   #7
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I would go ceiling first then the walls so that the ceiling corners are perfect looking.
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:40 PM   #8
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I would go ceiling first then the walls so that the ceiling corners are perfect looking.
D'OH! That's a good reason right there!!
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:13 AM   #9
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Default Re: Drywall walls or ceiling first?

Many good, solid reasons given above.
Let me add that doing the walls first subjects them to possible damage from having the ceiling sheets hitting and gouging the wall on the way up and while being positioned..
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:15 PM   #10
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Default Re: Drywall walls or ceiling first?

If your local home depot store has a rental department you might want to get a drywall lift to lift and position your sheetrock to the ceiling joists. A definite back saver.
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