Post # 1
i have lived in the northeast for my whole life. every house i’ve lived in, and every house my family members have lived in, have had basements. finished, unfinished, walkout, all kinds of basements. my parents’ house has a partially finished basement, and if money would allow, i know they’d love to completely finish it. however, we got quotes of between $20,000 and $40,000 to finish it (it’s a huge basement. the house is like, 80 feet long, and the basement spans probably 3/4 of it).
now, FI has never lived in a house with a basement. and he’s lived all over the country. and i think it’s weird. i can’t imagine a house without one. i can imagine a house without an attic (we haven’t ever had a useable attic, just a crawlspace), but not a basement.
so i’m wondering. are basements purely a northeast thing?
my question is: where do you live? does your house have a basement? if you do, is it finished? unfinished? a mix?
Post # 3
NJ, full, partially finished.
Post # 4
Yes, i think they are based on location. Here in NJ, everyone I know has a basement, but relatives in Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Washington state have no basements, even on new houses!
Ours is unfinished, we don’t use it for much but storage. But I’ve seen some great finished ones!!
Post # 5
I live in Canada, and basements are the norm here. Obviously having a basement is more expensive, but you tend to have the option of an unfinished basement, or a finished basement.
Mine is finished, it’s got quite high ceilings so it doesn’t even feel like a basement which is awesome. We have a large living room down there (with a 16 foot long couch), and 2 bedrooms, storage, and a washroom.
Post # 6
I grew up in a coastal, low-lying area so basements were very rare. Only one of my friends had one (pretty old house), and it flooded a lot.
I live in New England now and seems like everyone has a basement.
Post # 7
@colorofmyheart: I’m from upstate NY. While I grew up in what was a “newly built” home at that time, there was no basement. However, nearly all of my family and friends had both basements (finished and unfinished), along with attics.
Now, I live in FL, where nearly no one has a basement. It’s because of water levels and the difference in soil (sandier here).
So, it would really have to do with geography, how old the home is, and what was invested into it financially. Any of those could be reasons he has never lived in a home with a basement.
Post # 8
Yeah I’m in Canada too, and (right after I moved out… jerks) my parents spent a BOATLOAD of money… Like over $100K :S renovating their basement, and it’s BEAUTIFUL! It’s the best part of the house, and great for entertaining (big tv, lots of seating, pool table, foosball table, full bar with sink/fridge) it’s honestly stunning. I think they waited until 2/3 kids were out of the house before doing it so that we wouldn’t have parties and trash it haha. Not that we would have, but that’s a lot of money, I almost don’t blame them.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I’ve lived all over Canada and every house I lived in and everyone elses house I know of has a basement. Most of the house around my home town are about 100 years old, all have basements.
Post # 10
As stated Basements are the norm here.
And YES when I first discovered many years ago that there were people who had houses without basements… I too thought it strange.
Particularly so for those that live in Tornado Alley… I mean seriously, a basement could be the difference between living & dieing !!
BUT I’ve also come to realize that basements are a regional thing…
So they are based on a lot of factors. Some locations Basements don’t work cause of how close to sealevel the place is. Or the soil is hard to work with, or won’t support an underground structure. OR some of it is also historical… ie in the Deep South where NO Basements is most popular, it can go back to cost. (In so much as most of the South is extremely poor vs the rest of NA)… or it can be due to very practical reasons like the fact that Termites, Bugs and Snakes are a HUGE issue due to climate, and a basement is just an invite for critters to set up their home in yours !!
Lots of factors to take into consideration.
Hope this helps,
PS… I love a Basement. Couldn’t imagine a house without one. Now if ONLY I had a useable attic. Once upon a time, those were the norm in Canadian houses… now most houses don’t have em.
Post # 11
My parents’ house in New Jersey doesn’t have a basement or an attic.
My FI (and me during college breaks) lives in a duplex in New Jersey. It has a basement. It’s partially finished. The landlord has a little laundry room down there for us to use.
I live in my parents’ other house in Florida during my college semesters. It does not have a basement.
Post # 12
To @KhaleesiStormborn: Older Bee here.
Not sure why you called your parents jerks on this issue…
BUT… Your parents probably did the renovations you kids left cause that was WHEN they had the money available to spend. Kids are expensive no matter their age to house & feed. You’d be surprised at how much cash gets freed up when they leave.
I figure that every time a kid left home we saw an IMMEDIATE cost saving in that first year of somewhere around $ 10 to $ 20 K.
And ya you can bet your socks, that we spent that money ON US.
Post # 13
TO @colorofmyheart: While you still have the time, you might want to alter the Poll to ADD another possibility = Half & Half
As most Canadians I know have Basements that are partially finished, such as with one big Rec Room, and then an unfinished space where they store stuff…
In a life time of houses (5) I’ve only ever lived in one that had a totally finished basement… where every space had walls, ceiling, doors, paint, nice flooring etc.
Post # 14
@colorofmyheart: Yes, we have a finished basement.
Post # 15
Another Canadian bee! We have a basement (it’s finished). I’ve honestly never seen a house without one!
Post # 16
I’ve lived in TX my whole life, I’ve never had a basement, and I don’t know a single person with a basement.