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Old 01-19-2010, 10:27 PM
 
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Default English Basement????

Hi,

I know about finished and unfinished, daylight and walk-out.....but English????
Can someone advise what a 'full English basement' is?

Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:41 PM
 
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Well, it comes equipped with a tea station and a small room that acts as a changing room for equestrians.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:14 AM
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As far as I know, it is when you walk up some stairs to enter the house and the bottom floor is a full basement with windows -- like an extra story....but it might be different up there -- I am in the South.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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I think it has a separate entrance than the top floors of a house, so it could be easily rented out as a unit...I see it on that one show on HGTV a lot, that one where the guy renovates a rental unit for the owners of the house. I can't remember its name.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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An English Basement is one without an outside entrance, as a "walk-out basement" has. Its totally underground with those partial windows, often with window wells. This is what we were told by realtors here. Out east, I believe they are basement apts, floors underground,ceiling above ground.

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Old 01-21-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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How about instead of using energy to be a lazy ass, try googling something instead of starting a thread with a question that could have easily been found out on one's own in less than a minute?

Also, the question has nothing to do with Chicago or the Chicago area in specific. My answer relates to the question as much as the question relates to the Chicago Suburb forum.
For the record, I did search English basement on Yahoo and spent a few minutes sifting to find an answer prior to posting. Moreover, as a previous resident of the midwest and now the east coast, and moving to Chicago suburbs.... 'english basement' is unique to the real estate listings in the Chicago region in my house hunting experience.

Avengerfire, you didn't have to post at all, if you really felt the question was so offensive to your sensibilities.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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For the record, I did search English basement on Yahoo and spent a few minutes sifting to find an answer prior to posting...

Avengerfire, you didn't have to post at all, if you really felt the question was so offensive to your sensibilities.
I was just making a joke with my first post. I have nothing against you really.

I do suggest Google to use for searches. It is far better than Yahoo. If you would have searched in Wikipedia or via Google, the answer to your question would have come up right away.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_basement
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
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How about instead of using energy to be a lazy *&^, try googling something instead of starting a thread with a question that could have easily been found out on one's own in less than a minute?

Also, the question has nothing to do with Chicago or the Chicago area in specific. My answer relates to the question as much as the question relates to the Chicago Suburb forum.
Well, it's true that the question is unrelated, but why couldn't you just say that?

ANYWAY, There are a few of what he's talking about in Washington Heights on the city's south side. They are similar to a garden apartment, except they are the base floor of a house. That's what I think he's referring to. I've seen people in one story homes rent out their "basements" which are very similar to garden apartments. I googled a few pics of the "english basement" and the photo I saw looked similar to what I saw in others' homes.

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Old 01-21-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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Sorry I should have specified in my original question I was looking exclusively in the Chicago suburbs. I noticed a fair amount of newly constructed single family homes in large developments referenced this English basement without additional specifics.

However I found this listing today :
Beautiful aster model with 5!! Brs., 3.1 !! Bths. Perfect condition inside and out. 2 story entry, formal liv. Rm & separate dining rm. Kitchen opens to family rm with fp. And all appliances will stay. 4- 2nd flr brs. Including mstr with private bth and walkin closets. English lower level is finished with full bth, br. 5, rec rm with fp and bar.

Thus, I think an English basement must include something like closets, plumbing etc. in theory to replicate the idea of an English basement apartment, in a single family home/subdivision. Here in Boston, I think the realtors would write in-law suite or simply say finished basement with full bath? Now I know
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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I would be hard pressed to believe any unit advertised in Chicago as an "apartment" could be rented without a private bath.
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