Use of basement space
October 23, 2013 8:10 PM Subscribe
I have a finished basement in Brooklyn with nothing to put in it. For what uses could I rent it?
posted by greta simone to grab bag (29 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Before you ask, yes, the landlord is okay with it.
I am the rare person in Brooklyn with possibly more space than I need. I live in a garden apartment of a row house, and I have a whole finished basement underneath that's mine. The basement isn't livable as there are no windows but it's drywalled and has a concrete floor and is relatively dry and there's power outlets and all that. It's mostly just been used for storage and to house the water heater and furnace and whatever else. I have nothing to put down there considering I can't even fill up my closets and cabinets upstairs. So I thought since I could use an extra buck, I could rent out the space for something.
First I thought: band rehearsal space. Because, well, I also don't have any neighbors [one side is an empty lot and the other is a house being renovated so it's empty] and the only other apartment in the building (above mine) is occupied by my friend, so she's cool with it too. But that might be pretty annoying.
I had a friend who was interested in using it for screen printing, but there's not a utility sink down there and he said that would be necessary for that kind of work.
So what other uses could you think of?
A few things that make it a less valuable space: 1) The basement doesn't have it's own entrance so they would be entering through my apartment. 2) I would prefer someone who doesn't require 24/7 access, ie someone who would want it at the same times every week or could give me some advance notice of their schedule. I don't expect to rent this space out for more than $200 or $300 a month depending on whatever.
I'm going to ask around through friend networks with the hope of finding someone trusted to use it for some kind of project space. I don't need to be told the risks of doing this, I'm just trying to brainstorm ideas for the use of the space for the time being.