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What to do with sandstone basement

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:28 pm
by steelyeyedathena
Hi y'all. I'm under contract for a 1925 house with a sandstone, brick, and some other stone-type foundation. Old cement floor. The house is located in Western PA where we see a lot of rain, humidity, and in general, the forecast is always some form of uncomfortable.

The laundry hookups are in the dungeon-like and terrifying basement. There's really no other decent place to put the laundry hookups. So my goal is to make the basement brighter, cleaner, and not so terrifying when I do the laundry. I've never owned a house with basement walls like this, and I'm not entirely sure what to do and am looking for some pointers from more experienced people.

First of all, I'd like to keep the sandstone walls exposed. They look very cool, rustic industrial. My understanding is that you want to leave sandstone uncovered so it "breathes." It looks like someone at some point applied parging cement to the walls, but this has broken down substantially and I don't know if it's worth it to reapply.