Originally Posted by mikegp
You sure you want to put anyone, let alone 5 year olds in a damp basement? I developed a very bad cough that I'm pretty sure would have killed me eventually when I lived in a basement for a couple of years.
My parents "framed in" a bedroom in their unfinished basement. Two years ago, when DH and I stayed down there he ended up with significant breathing problems by the time we left. It cleared up once we got home.
The last time I was there (without DH) you could see mold spots on the door and walls. I slept upstairs in the den.
Get rid of any moisture problems/issues BEFORE you even consider letting anyone sleep down there permanently.