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Old 05-13-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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There's basements out there?
Barely. Maybe LVOC knows a way to find all the homes with available basements in the valley.

REAL BASEMENTS, not the split level or 3-story types.


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Old 05-13-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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How can you build a basement when the ground is like bedrock 18 inches below?
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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How can you build a basement when the ground is like bedrock 18 inches below?
Maybe that is why there are not too many homes with them. I really do wish that we had one though.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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I know a Realtor who has a finished half-basement. (The basement is half the size of the first floor.) I would love to have one, too. It is absolutely great in the basement. I visited in August -- 115f outside, no AC going in the house at all, everyone hanging out in the basement where it's 75f.
That's indeed very nice. Basements are cool in summer and warm in winter, but be careful of the Radon.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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1. Jackhammers and a lot of money. Neither of which I have access to :-( Basements are something we'll miss when we get there.

2. I lived in New England for a number of years. "Character" to me equals no closet space, non-standard everything, and some of the weirdest electrical problems you've ever seen. All other things being equal, I will take a cookie cutter house any day. I don't really spend any time in my yard, so while I'd like more land (it looks like I can reach out and touch the next door neighbor's house from my window?!), I'll take a new house that happens to look like the neighbors.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:12 PM
 
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America West builds there big models with basements often. The AW tracts between Cheyenne and Alexander west of Durango have them in many.

They are also common in the Mormon homes in Lone Mountain. Caliche does exist but is not that common.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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You realize almost all new homes within the last 50 years are developed as Levittowns, right OP? What you are saying is actually not a standard way to build homes as it greatly increases the cost of building.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:43 PM
 
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You realize almost all new homes within the last 50 years are developed as Levittowns, right OP? What you are saying is actually not a standard way to build homes as it greatly increases the cost of building.
I came into to say exactly this. Cookie cutter homes are what makes them all affordable. Just like our cookie cutter cars, cookie cutter food, and cookie cutter clothes. There will be someone in this thread that will say "come to x part of town and look at all the unique houses" and sure there are. But the reality is, after world war 2, mass production is what fueled the economy and allowed returning GIs to have jobs and to be able to afford the goods they were also making. I grew up in a mass produced house then my parents built a custom house but it was similar in style to all the other houses on the block.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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How can you build a basement when the ground is like bedrock 18 inches below?
Want a house with a basement? Then build one in the lowest part of the Valley where the soil is softer!

I once did home care on someone who had an older home, with a full basement, in the vicinity of Lamb/Charleston/Charleston/Sahara. How much lower in the Valley can you get!!!

Also much easier to garden down there!

The higher the altitude of your house, the rockier? No different than Phoenix! I was near the bottom of the valley there in an historical district! Adobe soil down there, as there were adobe houses in my neighborhood!

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:01 PM
 
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I came into to say exactly this. Cookie cutter homes are what makes them all affordable. Just like our cookie cutter cars, cookie cutter food, and cookie cutter clothes. There will be someone in this thread that will say "come to x part of town and look at all the unique houses" and sure there are. But the reality is, after world war 2, mass production is what fueled the economy and allowed returning GIs to have jobs and to be able to afford the goods they were also making. I grew up in a mass produced house then my parents built a custom house but it was similar in style to all the other houses on the block.
True and not true. Agreed, it is cheaper to build box rooms and use cheap fixtures, cabinets etc. However,
it would be nice for a few variations and some nice features to be found even in tract housing. Sure you can find a few examples here and there, from either old Las Vegas, or Custom Built, but we are talking I thought more about what the masses have to chose from. Las Vegas is different. Having just sold my house in Phoenix (built in 1987) I can tell you it was loaded with charm. Never have seen a house in Las Vegas market (in the same price range $200,000) that came close to it. I'm not even comparing houses here to houses built on the East Coast, Tenn etc. I'm talking Southwest building. (Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah) Face it guys. Las Vegas has the most unimaginative architecture. Actually it is only through some people's extremely tasteful landscaping, that some of these houses look decent from the outside. But once inside, you know what they look like before you walk in.
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