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Old 08-03-2007, 06:27 AM
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As I was browsing online the houses in houston, I am just wondering why there is no basement in any of the listings I saw so far? Have lived in NYC and Maryland, I am surprised to see that. Maybe houses are generally so big that people really don't need a basement in Texas? or because of the humidity? Help me figure this out.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:30 AM
 
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Basements are expensive, especially with many if not most municipal building codes requiring a walk-out exit from a basement. It's not uncommon with newer housing stock, of which I imagine there is a lot in Texas.

Might be some other regional purpose too, but economics is a factor.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Buda, Texas
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I don't know the details, just basically our soil doesn't support it. My husband has explained this to me but I don't remember. It is very hot down here, I believe it s too sandy or the soil is too thin or something like that. We do have whats called a "Texas basement" which is basically like an attic, a place of storage.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:20 AM
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Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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The main reason you do not see basements here is due to the water table and our height above sea level. We flood. Basements would be futile.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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The problem is the moisture in the ground, if you will notice no states on the gulf of Mexico have basements, water table to high and to much moisture to close to the surface
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Kingwood, Texas
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I don't know the details, just basically our soil doesn't support it. My husband has explained this to me but I don't remember. It is very hot down here, I believe it s too sandy or the soil is too thin or something like that. We do have whats called a "Texas basement" which is basically like an attic, a place of storage.
Ahhhh, so that's what that phrase means. Thanks, I saw that once on a home description, I just figured it meant "extra large". All the while I was wondering why you'd want a basement in a potential flood area.

In California, advertisement will sometimes use "Texas sized" or something similar to mean that it's a big portion.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:21 AM
 
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Mom2Feebs is correct. Most parts of Houston are barely above sea level and would create problems with water in the basement.
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Buda, Texas
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Thats what my husband said!! I really should pay more attention to him...he's full of information!
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:08 PM
 
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Houston, including much of the south, is humid. That creates moisture, which is not something you want in your basement. Secondly, in a place like Houston, you'll never see a basement built because of the flooding. Next time you're at a house with a basement, take note at the grading of the ground - graded to keep water away from the home (general rule when building a home, period, but even moreso when you have a basement).
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:31 PM
 
Location: south by midwest
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What keeps the downtown tunnels dry then?
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