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Old 02-25-2008, 07:02 PM
 
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Is it because of earthquakes or something?? Where the hell do you store all your 'stuff'??
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:18 PM
 
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There's no reason for a basement because there's no frost line to get below. Builders are cheap and don't want to spend money digging holes if they don't have to. Some houses have storage in the attic. Most people put their extra stuff in the garage which often pushes the cars out to the driveway or street.
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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I've wondered about that too so you inspired me to google it. Here's some info.

Yahoo! Answers - Why are there no basements in houses in Southern California?

"Until now, basements in the United States have largely been a Midwestern or Eastern concept, and for good reason. Where it freezes in the winter, the land contracts and expands and will literally heave the foundation of a house up. Builders in those areas have to take the foundation well below the 4-foot frost line level to anchor it. Basements there are cheap to construct, so builders dig just a few feet deeper and create a full basement."

Saratoga News | Basement Building Trend
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Murrieta, CA.
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Wow. Is this question for real? Other than earthquakes, there are no basements because they are used to keep pipes 'indoors' so they dont freeze in the winter. Unlike the northeast and midwest, California doesnt have that issue. Same reason Florida doesnt have them. They basically dont need them.
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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Is it because of earthquakes or something?? Where the hell do you store all your 'stuff'??
In their friggin garage's. Cars never parked inside their garages.
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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Wow. Is this question for real? Other than earthquakes, there are no basements because they are used to keep pipes 'indoors' so they dont freeze in the winter. Unlike the northeast and midwest, California doesnt have that issue. Same reason Florida doesnt have them. They basically dont need them.
That, and Florida's water table is so high, basements would be a swampy mess.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:09 PM
 
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Yeah, it's for real. Why be like that? I bet there's alot of stuff you don't know that i do know and take for granted.
And weren't basements originally for the farmers in New England and used as root cellars?
But what do i know? i'm just a girl ... we don't often know stuff like this
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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I'm a Californian with no basement, but came from south Dakota, where we had a basement. One room in the basement was where the coal was stored. It had one window high up, where the coal truck would back up and dump it's load down a chute. The next room was the boiler and the fruit storage and the laundry room.
The coal furnace was replaced with oil around 1945, the fruit storage was long since emptied because canning is a lost art.
I also remember basement houses. They were just the basement, with the foundation raising maybe 3 feet above ground. The floor joices and flooor were then installed, which was then covered with tarpaper, then tar. The only thing that stuck above foundation level was an entry door. Open the door and there were stairs leading down to the living quarters.
If you were lucky, and saved your money, you would someday be able to finish the house above. That sometimes took many years. I left that area in the mid 50's, so I have no idea if basement houses still exist. Good question. I'll check on it.....
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I guess it depends on where you live in Calif. I grew up in Sacramento and knew of a few homes with basements. They were older homes built in the 50s or before. I live in North Eastern Calif now and quite a few homes here have basements. My last home had a basement. It was unfinished, but a good spot to store things. It was nice because we have a good amount of snow here and our storage shed didn't hold up to the snow well. We live at the tail end of the Cascade mountains, which are well known for seismic activity.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:52 PM
 
Location: southern california
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so we wont have to get any closer to hell any sooner than we have to?
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