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Old 06-25-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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Just wondering why basements aren't common around Austin.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:09 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The ground is too rocky. It's expensive to blast holes for basements.

I miss them too.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:13 PM
 
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Bummer. =(
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Estero, Florida (formerly Appleton, Wisconsin)
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Default I'm a Rat Pack

I am a rat pack and I keep wondering how I am going to live without a basement too. I have been trying to part with things and getting ready to have a rummage sale. We also use our basement for an office besides all the storage. I have to get rid of things if we have the good fortune of moving there.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Austin
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It's called an ATTIC. We actually call them the "Texas Basement". We don't need basements because the freeze line is not a million feet below the surface, and as mentioned, it's very expensive to dig out rock. But even in Dallas, it's expansive clay soil and the basements would just move and leak and create a big mess.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Attics don't even come close to basements, at least not what passes for attics in most homes! A basement can nearly double the size of the home and can be used for living space. Attics, not so much.

There's also the garage - which is why so many people have to park in the drive!
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Austin
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A "Texas basement" is usually a full walk-out, floored attic space that can store tons of stuff. I'm not talking about a crawl space. Most newer homes now have some kind of walk-out on the second story that gives you access to this space. Sometimes you have to floor it yourself, but sometimes you don't.

But, no, you can't put a pool table in the attic or use it as a gameroom for kids like a basement, but if you're just looking for storage, the attic is where it is.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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A "Texas basement" is usually a full walk-out, floored attic space that can store tons of stuff. I'm not talking about a crawl space. Most newer homes now have some kind of walk-out on the second story that gives you access to this space. Sometimes you have to floor it yourself, but sometimes you don't.

But, no, you can't put a pool table in the attic or use it as a gameroom for kids like a basement, but if you're just looking for storage, the attic is where it is.
Ohhh, gotcha on the "Texas basement". I'd never heard that term before (obviously!) probably because I'm only interested in old houses, which of course usually just have crawl space-type attics.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park, TX
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Be careful... Do not store your holiday candles in the attic. You will find them melted the next time you want to use them! It gets extremely hot up there in the summer months.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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*sigh* I really miss basements.

And FTR, they have attics up north too - in addition to basements. Even more storage, and one is climate controlled. And it's also nice to have all of your utilities downstairs and have pipes where there are easily accessible. It is common practice here for newer homes to have their hot water heater(s) in the attic. Seems to me like you are just asking for problems there. If your hot water heater leaks in the basement, you just Shop-Vac the water up and call it a day. If your hot water heater leaks in your attic, you have to replace the floor, ceiling, etc.
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