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We are on the side of a steep hill and have a 10 foot ceiling in the basement with one medium sized window looking out back. Any cool ideas for developing that???

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I have something similar. The back of my basement is dug into stone, which is visible. It is the perfect temperature for the storing of wine, so I have wine racks across the back, and a table in front of them to drink and play cards and etc in the cool in the summer. Low lighting and mix-matched chairs makes for an authentic wine region hide away and a sort of low-key home bar area.

The back basement is protected from the sunlight coming in through the large ground-level window by a thick stone wall. There is about 3.5 meters of space between the wall and the window / glass door, so that has a sink and - right now - a table with plants on it for the cool season. They are blooming in the sunlight.

When I am there more often the plants will be spread throughout the house and those in need of a winter garden will rest on back shelves...I suspect that this will be a flexi room, possibly with an old couch for napping in the sun, and a dart board on the far left wall.

It will remain the room where food is managed for garden meals, and where garden dishes are washed and kept (the left over dishes, glasses, knives and forks, etc, from past lives have all been collected there so there is no need to transport from the kitchen).

The other side of the back basement has heater, etc...and a space that I would like one day to fill with a dry sauna. There is a stone wall between the wine side and the technical side, and space enough for one of those Finish kits that would help me to calm down and also hide the water heater, etc. But that is a dream for another day.

so...depending on how deep and wide your basement is and its amenities, it can become garden room / picnic prep central; the world's best nap spot; games room and / or bar; quiet hide-away for personal pampering.

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I want.....NO basement! i just don't enjoy them, no matter how nice.
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