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Unfinished Basement Woodworking Workshop
If you enjoy building furniture, you can use your unfinished basement as a woodworking shop. Since it's probably a blank canvas (no valuable furniture, unfinished floor), you can feel free to cut wood and make a really big mess while working on your next project! Hang where you can store your tools. Also, be sure to set aside an area where you can sit down to take a break or look up plans. Having a wood workshop in your basement is also more private than working in the garage.
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If you're a photographer or blogger, an unfinished basement can serve as a place to take perfectly staged photos. And you can add backdrops, reflectors, dropcloths and manage lighting. Paint walls a flat, neutral color (some experts say medium gray is best). For this to work, your basement ceiling needs to be at least nine or 10 feet because ceiling height will affect the quality of your photos. And, of course, use natural light whenever possible.
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