We just purchased a new townhome and the first thing we are doing is finishing the basement. It's a small space (16 x 16) but we would like to make it a family room. Because there are curently some pipes coming down two of the concrete walls so we were going to build the wall out about a foot and I thought that a good option would to build recessed shelving (for our flat screen, dvd player, dvd's, etc) since we will have the empty space between the drywall & the concrete wall. All the how-to guides I can find on building recessed wall shelving are about how to build them with existing walls & studs. Since we are starting from scratch, can anyone share the differences between building with existing walls vs. building it as we go? Thanks!