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Old 09-22-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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They're pretty rare in Oklahoma. In some places you can find cellars, with an outside entrance.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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They are very common here. Almost every house has one.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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A lot of the houses here that are built on hills have them. Other than that, no.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:40 PM
 
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Chicago is a basement city, as are our suburbs. Wayne's World and "The 70's Show" are great portrayals of teens hanging out in the basement. Having always had them, I could not imagine having a house without them. You can leave them unfinished and use them for storage, tools, workbench, etc. or finish them and have more livable area. I know people that have elaborate basements with 2nd kitchens, full baths, etc. Those with outside access are very desirable. Some people convert them into inlaw apartments or rent them to their grown children, etc.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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In this area neither attics nor basements are common at all in newer homes, though basements are pretty standard fare in the older Craftsman and Victorian homes.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:09 AM
 
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This has been discussed before but no real answers that I can remember came of it, basements are commonplace close to st louis, you never see basements nor garages in the south, kinda weird but thereís gotta be a reason why, close to sea level low areas I can see, maybe itís the soil as another states, tuindecisive says not many in Oklahoma if I was living in tornado alley I sure would want one, heck some kinda hole to hide in anyway.
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:36 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Nearly every house in NJ has one, I'm sure.
majority - i've lived in 2 that didn't, and my IL's don't have one. those post WWII-levitt type homes are a toss up - some are on slabs. however, i would agree that 99% of the homes in your area do.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:08 AM
 
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This has been discussed before but no real answers that I can remember came of it, basements are commonplace close to st louis, you never see basements nor garages in the south, kinda weird but thereís gotta be a reason why, close to sea level low areas I can see, maybe itís the soil as another states, tuindecisive says not many in Oklahoma if I was living in tornado alley I sure would want one, heck some kinda hole to hide in anyway.
I don't know if has anything to do with sea level or elevation so much, because they aren't common in Charlotte which is much more hilly than Chicago where they are found. I heard it had to do with the frost line or something along those lines. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but I was told that the frost line isn't as deep in the sunbelt as it is up north or in the midwest and they have to dig the foundation deeper to keep the pipes from bursting?
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:33 AM
 
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basements are not big anywhere in the South except maybe the older Southern cities like Richmond or Charleston (big maybe though on that one. Don't know for sure). It's usually the attic, which is not big in the North either. I know in DC, it's basements in most homes. But in Houston, it's mostly attics.
Huh? Maybe in the Deep South where the water table is really high. But here in the Upper South just about everyone I know has a basement. Even when I lived in Atlanta I saw a lot of basements.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I'm pretty sure I don't live in a "metro" area, but pretty much all of houses around here in Maine have basements. In fact, it's kinda weird when someone doesn't have a basement, like maybe they were cutting corners and just couldn't afford one-lol.

And in the weird file, I know a lot of people with mobile and modular homes that have full basements.
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