Basement ventilation: How to turn your downstairs space into a useable room

A basement being renovated with a small window
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With proper basement ventilation even the dankest of basements can be brought into use if householders follow some simple expedients. 

While basements are the Cinderella of the house – undervalued and sometimes ignored – they’re very often worth converting. Depending on their floor-to-ceiling heights, they have the potential to be bedrooms, bathrooms and even kitchen-diners, while others convert them into specialist spaces: media rooms, gyms or the teenage hangouts we often see in TV shows. 

Oliver Bennett

Journalist Oliver Bennett has renovated two houses and would like to take on just one more project. He has written for many homes magazines including Grand Designs, Sunday Times Home, Homes and Gardens, the Times Saturday Magazine's interiors section and several more.