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Old 09-23-2008, 06:55 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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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.
The older houses, absolutely...it's less common in newer developments.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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You wound find many if any in Florida. We are too close to sealevel. Probably the same reason for Houston.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Oh ya, New Englanders love their basements!
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Most homes here have basements. I couldnt live without one!!!
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Where you wish you lived, LA
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basements are gross and stinky...

even when people "re-do" them, they make houses look dated and cold
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:17 AM
 
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Here in Metro Detroit it varies.

All home construction up to the 1960's seems to almost always have a basement. Usually converted into some sort of "rec room", finished in some sort of dark plywood panelling or knotty pine.

From the 1960's thru the 1970's, ranches, tri-levels, and double-wides didn't have basements, colonials and bungalows did have them.

From 1980's to present time, the McMansions all had finished basements with drywall walls and carpeted floors. Great place to stow the yuppie larvae.

I used to hear about houses for sale down south that were advertised as having Michigan basements. Anyone else ever hear about this term? Anyone know what makes them "Michigan" basements?
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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basements are gross and stinky...

even when people "re-do" them, they make houses look dated and cold

gross and stinky?? Maybe the specific basements you've been in. Ours growing up was where we spent most of our time. It was an awesomely decked out living space. It had a walk out back door and a deck with a pool out in the yard.

I always use to hang out in basements at my friends house, many times they were the snug "living" areas of the house. A few friends had unfinished basements, and they were just used as storage. I think basements are a great asset. Why do you immediately hate everything that isn't directly involved in your personal life? Very closed minded.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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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?


Right, up north where the fost line is 3-4 feet deep, you run all your pipes and utilities into the house below that line.

If you're going to dig 4 feet down anyway and install all your utilities in that area, might as well go down a few feet more and make an entire second level on your house.

I think they're the best areas to be an individual. Most houses come with the basement unfinished, or maybe with all the fixtures there to make them into whatever you want, but the $$$$ hasn't been spent to fully complete them. Then the homeowner can take control and either leave them as massive storage areas, complete a few rooms, put in an extra bedroom, playroom, or as is often the case they slowly build out the entire basement to be fully functional like the upper floors. My parents put in an extra shower, a shop for my dad to play with his tools, 3 large storage rooms, a fireplace and a large bar with a sink my dad built, and then sectioned off a room with a hot tub. They threw in 4 couches into the large main areas, and had 2 TV's, a stereo, dart board, etc. etc. That was our pimped out party room and where we put the largest TV. In the winter we could go fire up the fireplace, and sit back and watch TV all snug in the basement. I loved it. We'd roast marshmallows and cook hot dogs in the fireplace when I was a little kid. IT took almost 10 years to finally complete it all (we didn't have a lot of money, so it was a work in progress my dad built out himself), but when it was done it was a very original area. Our basement was the hang out place for all my friends as well as all my parents friends.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Basements are common around these parts.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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gross and stinky?? Maybe the specific basements you've been in. Ours growing up was where we spent most of our time. It was an awesomely decked out living space. It had a walk out back door and a deck with a pool out in the yard.

I always use to hang out in basements at my friends house, many times they were the snug "living" areas of the house. A few friends had unfinished basements, and they were just used as storage. I think basements are a great asset. Why do you immediately hate everything that isn't directly involved in your personal life? Very closed minded.
That guy hates everything that isnt California (apparently including basements that arent found in California), get used to his ridiculous comments, he should be banned any day now.
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