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Our underground future

Buried nuclear plants? Subterranean stadiums? The next great frontier may just lie beneath our feet.

A finished basement can be a beautiful thing. With the right accoutrements and enough effort, what might otherwise be a damp, empty space lined with concrete can be turned into a cozy playroom, or a den, or an office and gym. Properly planned, the basement can become an integral part of a household, even a kind of engine that powers it from below.

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