We recently purchased a new house and part of the bargain with the wife was that I get most of the basement for my woodshop!
First here is a description of the area in question 32' x 32' basement area with cement block walls and 9' ceiling height. There is a 6' high by 8' wide set of dlb windows which allow access to ground level outside ( I plan to change them to some type of door in the near future).
Here's where the questions begin, some of you must be working from your basement and came across some of these issues. 1) How much concern is the dampness from being below ground level, about 80% of exterior walls are below grade. 2) Ideas about how to limit noise heard from other areas of house. 3) What about dust or fumes from finishing getting into other areas of house ( house has forced air heating/cooling).
Keep in mind I would like to maintain access to plumbing and electrical to 1st floor.