(Closed) does your house have a basement?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: does your house have a basement?

    yes, unfinished

    yes, finished


    yes, partially finished

  • Post # 32
    1812 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    Nope – Texas houses (or at least DFW) don’t tend to have them because our soil won’t support the structure. It’s so bad that even non-basement houses tend to get severe foundation problems because the clays in the soil expand and contract with the rain. So we have to put soaker hoses around the entire base of our houses to keep the foundation/soil constantly wet to minimize the stress on the foundation. My mom’s house needed about 4 piers aka $4000 worth of foundation work despite religious watering, and my in-laws’ place needs at least a dozen piers (they never watered their foundation at all). Horrible!

    Post # 33
    1609 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’m on the east coast of Canada and basements are the norm here for sure.  Although my SO’s brother doesn’t have one in his new house (which I find strange).  My basement is half finished and half misc storage lol.

    Post # 34
    4045 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I live in the southwest US. Out here we don’t have basements. I’ve never known anyone in this area to have a basement.

    Post # 35
    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I live in California, and have never had a basement! Looking back, I’ve only known one person who had a basement, and she lived in a very old house. However, even in old homes in my area basements are not typical. Maybe because of earthquakes?

    Post # 36
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Midwest…partially finished / living space and workshop & art studio. the living area is fondly known as “the Kid Cave” 🙂 couldn’t live without it! 

    Post # 37
    1096 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m from the northeast and have always had basements, DH is from LA and never had a basement. We live in the South where a crawl space is a commodity lol. Too much flooding means no basements and now most new construction is on a slab which is a pain in the butt. So happy we were able to find new construction on a crawl space although we don’t use it for anything. 

    Post # 38
    10400 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    @colorofmyheart:  Midwest. All of the houses I’ve lived in and all family members have basements. Fiance and I were thinking of building new, and now it’s an option to get a basement! Basements (unfinished) added an extra $30k-ish to the price of the house. We didn’t end up building, and so in our current home we have a basement. Half is finished with a fireplace and half bath with a walkout onto a back patio, and the other half is unfinished but has hookup for an additional bathroom or laundry room – although we have a laundry room on the main floor.


    Post # 39
    10635 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    The only houses I have been in without are townhomes/condos and trailers.

    There’s quite a few walkout basements around here as well.

    Ours is unfinished.

    Post # 40
    1841 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    The house we built in FL was on a slab-so no basement. Our home in KY has a ginormous basement. In the basement, we have a bedroom with an ensuite bath, a sitting area, a multi-media room, and wet bar. With the other half of the basement unfinished for storing the zero-turn, FIs tools, and canned goodies that we bring home from FIs mum. The only thing I would really like to have is a cold room, but that’s not possible geographically… 🙂

    Post # 41
    2513 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I have lived in FL my whole life. No basements here. I’ve only seen two basements in my whole life, and that was when I visited relatives living up north.

    Post # 42
    10451 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Yep, ours is unfinished though and we use it for storage and a home gym. Every house I’ve lived in and everyone I know has a basement.

    Post # 43
    2521 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’m from the midwest where tornados do occur so I have a huge preference for a basement.  However, living in the bay area, I haven’t seen any houses with basements.  We’ll likely settle in the midwest and will have a basement.

    Post # 44
    5373 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m in Ontario and in my area the age of the house pretty much determines the kind of basement it will have. The older the house, the shorter the basement. Our house (a bungalow) was built in the 60’s and has a full basement (meaning you can stand up in it aha) which was something that was difficult to find in our price point. Most of the houses we could afford were the unmaintained old houses with short unfinished basements. Our basement is partially finished and has a bathroom which I think is really handy (:

    ETA: I grew up in a house with a completely finished basement and everyone I know has a basement. My Fiance grew up in a very old house with a short unfinished basement. I couldn’t buy a house unless it had a basement because they’re so good for storage.


    Post # 45
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @colorofmyheart:  Nope, not me. Basements don’t exist in Australia, as far as I know.

    Post # 46
    652 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I grew up in Maryland in a Levitt home on a slab foundation, so no basement for anyone in our town! We have a basement in our apartment building now! Basements always give me the willies since I never knew anyone with one!

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