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View Poll Results: How many of you have a basement?
Yes 54 68.35%
No 25 31.65%
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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What about swampy places like Miami, New Orleans, Savannah, and parts of Eastern New Jersey? Do houses have basements there?
Homes on the immediate NJ coast, including barrier islands and homes on the other side of the bay on the bay or lagoons, usually do not have basements. Homes a few miles inland often do. Many homes on our coast, especially after Sandy, have to be raised up to 12 feet so a basement wouldn't even be possible in many areas.

NE NJ, Hudson County, Bergen County area (around Meadowlands) is pretty urban and you'll find single family homes, row houses, and apartment buildings in these areas. Brownstones usually have a basement level that tenants rent. I remember during Sandy, Jersey City and Hoboken flooded badly as they're right on the river and many lost their basement level homes. So it depends.

Areas of Bergen County like Moonachie (not really a swampy area, just on a river) also flooded badly. I live in a town with a river winding through it and we notoriously flood badly every few years. Despite that, homes here still have basements because it's an old town with most homes dating back to the 1800s and that's just the overall housing stock we have in NJ - not necessarily that old, but basements here are extremely common despite any inland flooding risks. If your house routinely floods, you simply have an unfinished basement that you can pump the water out of.
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:16 PM
 
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If I'm not mistaken, most coastal areas and pretty much the entire state of Florida don't have many basements because of the high water table and potential for flooding near the coast.
I have family on the Atlantic Coast on Long Island, and they have a basement. I think pretty much everyone in their neighborhood has basements. In the Northeast Corridor, it appears that basements are the norm, even close to the coast, except in special situations (like right on the beach in a floodzone).

In New Orleans, or Florida, though, the soil conditions and elevations are much different, and there are no basements.
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Basements are very rare in California, and probably the whole West. There's really no need for them here.
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:34 PM
 
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Basements are very rare in California, and probably the whole West. There's really no need for them here.
I doubt it's "lack of need", it's soil and seismic issues. A basement would be great in space-starved Coastal California, it just isn't safe (though I have been in basements in older homes in Southern CA; they do exist).
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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What about swampy places like Miami, New Orleans, Savannah, and parts of Eastern New Jersey? Do houses have basements there?
Not generally, no - even the "non swampy" parts - the water levels tend to be too high, at least in the southern states. Not sure about NJ.
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Old 01-01-2015, 08:11 PM
 
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Stupid question, but I really want to know... I've been in NJ all my life, and had a basement in each house I've lived in.

So for the people who don't have basements... where does your hot water heater, and your heater, and your main electrical box go? Those have always been in my basement(s), so what happens when you have no basement?
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Old 01-01-2015, 08:21 PM
 
Location: USA
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Storage room off the carport, garage, utility room, imc the attic contains water heater and furnace. Electrical panel is in the garage.
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Stupid question, but I really want to know... I've been in NJ all my life, and had a basement in each house I've lived in.

So for the people who don't have basements... where does your hot water heater, and your heater, and your main electrical box go? Those have always been in my basement(s), so what happens when you have no basement?
They are tucked into a closet somewhere, usually either in the garage or laundry room. They are in my garage.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Basements are very rare in California, and probably the whole West. There's really no need for them here.
Exactly why is there "no need for basements" in "probably the whole west" vs the rest of the planet?
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Exactly why is there "no need for basements" in "probably the whole west" vs the rest of the planet?
Here you go:

Why no basements in California? - Fine Homebuilding Question & Answer

Board Question #53883 | The 100 Hour Board

As you can see, the weather in the Western states don't make basements necessary, though I'm sure it varies. There are other factors as to why we don't have basements.

If you noticed, there were other posters in the thread from Nevada and Arizona (both Western states) who stated there were no basements there. We need to hear from people from the other Western states to see if my assumption is correct.

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