Post # 1
DH and I were discussing basements. Where we live currently, they don’t really exist. I told DH I thought it was wierd since we’re nowhere near the coast anymore. There isn’t flooding and we’re no longer at sea level. So here’s my question. Do you have a basement? Are basements the norm in your area? Do you wish you had a basement? I kind of wish we had at least a little basement so we could put all our stuff in storage down there. Or finish off a part and have a little work out area. The way our house is.. it’s on a hill and could easily have a walk out basement…
I also noticed a lack of rain gutters around here. Odd! I understood the lack of basements.. well when we were closer to the coast I understood it. But the lack of rain gutters baffles me!
Post # 3
We have a basement. I grew up in Maryland and live in PA now and most of the homes around these areas have them. I went to college in Texas though and it was pretty rare that I saw a house with a basement.
I love having one. Ours is completely finished and almost doubles the size of our house. Its great to have a place for storage, rather than filling up our garage. Having a basement was one of my FI’s home buying requirements lol. I don’t know that I’d write off a house that didn’t have one, but I certainly consider it a pro.
The absence of rain gutters is kinda weird.
Post # 4
I grew up in Missouri, so we always had a basement. I know a few people back home who don’t have basements, but they have storm cellars. Being right in the middle of Tornado Alley, it’s a big safety risk if you don’t have some place to go when a storm hits. Now that I live in Virginia, we don’t have a basement. Even though it’s not a huge safety risk to not have one, I miss the extra storage space.
Post # 5
I don’t know of any houses here that don’t have basements unless you include mobile homes and maybe the odd townhouse. I think all single detached houses have them. I’m really looking forward to moving from our apartment to a house with a basement. It’s undeveloped, but we might develop it eventually. We would still leave a decent amount of space for storage.
We haven’t bothered buying a Costco membership (we were gifted one for a year though). We have no space to store big things. We’ll be buying one after we move though! It’s also a good place to store potatoes, we can never get through a small bag it seems without them going bad.
All houses do have eavestroughs. I guess without a basement there’s less of an issue of draining water away from the house?
Post # 6
I’m in MA and we have a basement, and it’s the norm here. I never thought about houses not having basements until finding out my in laws in TX don’t have one and that no one does there. I love it!! It’s half finished, which somehow became my husbands work shop area, and the other half is for storage.
We have gutters, and most people do, but it’s not surprising to see a house with out them either.
Post # 7
Here in Wisconsin almost everyone has a basement. It lowers your home value not to have one, as most people expect it. I love it for storage and I use the finished part as a work out area.
Everyone has gutters too – I think that would be the norm unless you live in a very dry climate maybe? I wouldn’t want all that water running next to my foundation.
Post # 8
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We have a basement and I love the storage space. 1100 square feet for whatever we need! Around here it’s a mixed bag. The house I grew up in was waterfront, so no basement. And we have a lot of split level homes around here, where there is no real basement space by design. But a traditional colonial or townhome or whatever usually has a basement.
And the rain gutter thing is a bit weird. My parents took the gutters off of their home when they had the facade re-done, and it just looks odd to me.
Post # 9
I’m in Ohio and its pretty standard. From what I understand a lot of homes were built without them based purely on cost (at least around here).
Post # 10
We don’t have a basement and that seems to be normal for houses around here. When buying, we visited one house with a basement and the realtor commented how unusual that was. My FI is from Pennsylvania and his family thinks it’s weird that we don’t have a basement. Basements are nice, but we have a really big yard and are going to install a shed for more storage.
Post # 11
basements are totally normal here. I think not having one would be odd. It’s finished but we don’t really use it for recreation right now. Its currently just storage. In time, we will set it up
Post # 12
I’ll add I grew up with a basement (VA). Not a finished one.. but it was unfinished and was nice for storage and held our air hockey table and a craptastic tv me and my brothers would escape to it was also a walk out basement. DH had one growing up in WI too. but it didn’t have windows or anything so he said it was techinically not up to code. also that it had no heat so it was always freezing.
Post # 13
@Westwood: haha yea it’s not exactly a dry climate here. lmao we have thunderstorms every afternoon in the summer.
Post # 14
I’m from Texas and we do not have a basement. In fact, it is very uncommon to have basements in our area. Rain gutters are a necessity though (even though most home builders do not include them). Without rain gutters pulling water away from the foundation of the home, you will likely end up with foundation issues.
Post # 15
Where do people stick the deep freeze when there isn’t a basement?
Post # 16
LOL…YES it is standard around here. Every house I’ve been in has had one with the exception of some townhouses (think rental properties) and apartments. Some older houses might not but they would probably have a storm cellar instead.
I love them because they’re great for storage.
I also think rain gutters are very common. Not that I’ve ever gone around looking to see which houses dont’ have them…so I assume almost all of them do.