Small Workshop Storage Solutions: Eke out every cubic inch of storage in a basement shop with pivoting boxes that hang between the ceiling joists. http://www.familyhandyman.com/workshop/storage/small-workshop-storage-solutions/view-all
Kids' Art Studio in Low-Ceiling Basement of 1920s Colonial
HGTV presents a fun art studio for kids in the low-ceiling basement of a 1920s Colonial. The transitional room features contemporary cabinets and furnishings, and the rafters were exposed and painted white to create a feeling of greater space.
Low Ceilings, No Problem: 8 Ways to Keep Not-So-Tall Rooms Stylish
A great way to address lighting in a hallway with a low ceiling is to create repetition using a flush-mounted ceiling light. This repetitive pattern can create interest and drama when you don't have the space for a larger fixture.
To really increase the ceiling height, the upper floors would have to be raised with a jack and brackets should be installed between the concrete walls of the basement and floor joists. Description from quufi.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images