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Old 06-24-2018, 10:33 PM
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Building a house custom designed with an architect...to be our retirement house. One floor no steps to enter with a nice patio on the ground.
The lot was level as the grass was cut with no issues using a rider mower.
The architect saw the lot and never said that the house wouldn’t work on the lot.
The contractor “said” he saw the lot before hand and had it surveyed.

When the excavator came and started to dig he said we would have a steep driveway and steps to the inside of house from garage and out front. I said stop! Not what we ordered. My husband said nothing can be done now! I tried calling contractor and couldn’t reach him...called his gal Friday and stated the issue. I never got a call back.

They laid block for basement and then wood for floor...walls...rafters...and the house looks like it is sitting on a huge hill! They neighbors is flat with no steps..and a nice patio. Our patio is now a porch about 6 feet up! At this point I want to just get this over with and put a for sale sign on it. Too big a job to move into something I didn’t ask for.

I have basically given up and have no excitement for this new house. This was my retirement house. The house I wouldn’t have to carry my dog up and down steps in! Ugh!
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:46 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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Are you In Houston? I’ve never seen a basement here.
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:17 PM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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There are few houses with basement in Houston. A number of houses in Montrose have basements. I know of at least 2 houses with basements in the Eastwood/Broadmoor area. There may be others as well.
There is an old house that sits on Kellogg St. (Between Bowie and Dahlia Sts.) that has a basement. Few of the 1900-vintage house in the Heights have basements too.

Not to confuse with Texas Basement, which means ... space in the attic.

And of course, most large high-rise buildings have basements, and even sometimes sub-basements.

Note: https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/b...es-9330093.php
Not Going to Memphis: Former Rocket Shane Battier Puts His Southampton Home on the Market | Swamplot

You need to check the building codes and regulations in your area, OP.
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