I wasn't excited about it at first. Dark brown paneling, ceramic tile floor and a wood stove vented through an unlined chimney. But once we gutted the space, it revealed its advantages. It's a dry basement (even with all our recent rain - so rare in this area)!, it has lots of windows (4!) that let in bright, natural light, and there is already plumbing for a half bath.
So, we got to work! First, we installed new insulation and drywall.
And then Mainely Ceilings installed a new suspended ceiling, magically hiding most of the pipes and wires that criss cross the space. An amazing feat!
So, I'm curious. How would you use this space? Man cave? Craft room? Kid playroom? What would work best for you?