I have an old brick house (1960s) next to a river, the ground surrounding the house is normally wet. The basement is very humid and just use to store stuff that can't go bad. I will most likely get rid of the house in some years and build new, since I don't like it very much and it would require a lot of work.

My question is: Are there any uses for such a humid basement? I'm thinking mushroom growing kind of thing, aquaponics... Dont' know, anything a dark, humid basement is good for? It's a huge one, maybe 100 square meters (~1000 square feet)

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    I'd try to make it non-damp, to protect the rest of the house among other reasons. – keshlam Mar 1 '16 at 22:21
  • @keshlam As mentioned above, they house is going away in a few years, just looking for some practical use for the time being – Chirlo Mar 2 '16 at 10:23

I've seen a few amazing scenarios where the people turned it into a real plus:

Garage - They were 3' above flood level. Back basement wall restructured for 2-car garage door (for winter only), yard was graded down & toward the river, driveway & boat launch were installed, all windows were left open until winter, ceiling super insulated, vapor barrier, fire resistant fiberglass faced drywall covered with cement board & old garage torn down with slab remaining as new patio.

Indoor Pool - They were 15' above flood level, a lot of foundation work & then same ceiling treatment as the garage above.

Winter Boat Storage Rental - They were 6' above flood level. Took floor down to river flood level for ceiling height, foundation work, boat launch, connecting pavement, major sump pump system, security gates.

Summer Private Park Rental - They were about 3' above flood level. Tree & stump removal, picture taking large gazebo, volleyball nets, small baseball/kickball diamond with backstop, rolling picnic tables & large bathrooms in basement, party could rush into fully cemented, lighted & painted basement if weather happened since tables & all were out.

Outdoor Café & Boat-up Concession Stand - They were at flood level. Collapsible little buildings, bank hugging narrow floating dock, stair for walk-down bathrooms, bathrooms, electrical to river edge, gravel parking lot, outdoor lighting & signage.

I probably left out a few things, but some fabulous stuff along a fairly unappealing brown river.

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