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Subterranean stereotypes - John C. Kirk — LiveJournal
Oct. 11th, 2010
07:22 pm -
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October 12th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
Where I grew up, a lot of the houses in the row had habitable basement rooms. Basically, when the bottom half terrace was built, the front doors were all built at the same level, even though the terrace is on a hill. So the bottom 12 or so houses have basements, with varying amounts of above-ground height. Those with sufficient height to have normal-ish windows tend to use their basements as additional rooms, since they are very narrow, typically one room to a floor.
Most aren't used as bedrooms because of privacy (the windows are right onto the pavement), but they are frequently used as home offices, playrooms, dining rooms etc.