Good Questions: Ideas for a Business in this Basement?

Good Questions: Ideas for a Business in this Basement?

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Janel Laban
May 29, 2009

Sonia writes: Hey Apartment Therapy! I'm hoping this incredible community of DIYers can give me some ideas on what to do with this basement. We're getting ready to buy this awesomely huge and historic house but are at odds with what to do with the basement. It was a tavern back in the day and has this beautiful solid cherry bar. The current owner wanted to finish the basement and turn it into a coffee shop but ran out of money to do so....

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Now we will be inheriting it, but don't know what to do with the space! It's a very large 1,800 square feet. Minimal food prep can go on down there due to no kitchen and no place to exhaust fumes. I want to preserve this bar because it's too pretty not to. All I can come up with is used book store! Any other ideas??

Please share your thoughts with Sonia in the comments below...thanks!

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