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Old 02-27-2009, 02:01 AM
 
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I love stucco!

I also love NYC.

But I love stucco more.

The idea of Greenwhich Village replicated in the sparse desert or in a spreadout sunbelt city like Las Vegas....hmm...maybe the Burning Man Festival once a year... but thats about it The question is interesting, and I was wondering what people would post!

This inspires me to post an inquiry for a large spacious stucco-style Nevada home set in Greenwhich Village of NYC...and seeing the responses...hehe...but I couldn't do that, so out of context to their forums.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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There ARE homes here in Las Vegas with basements jfk, America West was one of several builders that built communities with true basements and even walk out basements. There aren't a lot of them, but they are there. They're just not that common here in the desert. Off the top of my head I remember seeing some homes with basements in Lone Mountain area, Centennial Hills, Southern Highlands, Summerlin, El Capitan, Spanish Trail area, Southwest area (Jones/Robindale?)

Only thing is that most homes with basements here in Las Vegas are not in the style that the OP is looking for...they're usually in the Southwest style (at least all I've seen) and they're all $$$$$
I'm surprised there aren't more basements - they can be very cool in the summertime and I'm surprised that people aren't taking advantage of that (also the insulation of the ground helps with energy efficiency).

If there's no water table problem (that's why they aren't common in Mississippi) it seems to be a waste of space to me!
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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I'm surprised there aren't more basements - they can be very cool in the summertime and I'm surprised that people aren't taking advantage of that (also the insulation of the ground helps with energy efficiency).

If there's no water table problem (that's why they aren't common in Mississippi) it seems to be a waste of space to me!

It is a cost issue. Digging holes costs significant money...and can get very expensive if you hit the wrong stuff. Caliche has to be hammered or blasted out which is very expensive.

Also has to be slabbed creating effectively another story...
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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We have plenty of basements here in Kentucky, but I do NOT understand the mentality...

What kind of person wants to live in a hole in the ground???
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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You get more living space without going "out" which takes up more room on your lot and may not be feasible due to set back requirements. It's energy efficient, taking less to cool or heat the space. The "earth shelter" concept was very hot back in the 70's; I can remember looking at plans for several varieties of what is basically a walkout basement. In the olden days a basement, or "cellar" was a cool place to store food, when central heating came about it was a good spot for the furnace.
With proper design, you still have windows on usually 3 sides although they might be up near the ceiling on 2 of those sides, with the "walkout" side having full exposure.
And, of course, the familiar destination when those tornado warning sirens go off!
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:20 PM
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Location: Redmond, WA / Henderson, NV
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Makes a much sense to have a 1/4 acre lot with lawn and a colonial in Vegas as it does to have a cactus and Canary palm tree growing in your yard in New York. The landscaping and the house design is what it is in each locale to suit the climate and geology of that locale. We have tile roofs and stucco houses for a reason in the desert.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:29 PM
 
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New York New York did the other day.
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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It's too bad the pastiche of other cultures and places used for the casinos didn't find its way into the local architecture. What fun it'd be to wander from an European densely packed neighborhood, to a Californian suburb, to a Chinese village, and then Mongolian yurts.
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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...and finally war-torn Iraq.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Home!
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...and finally war-torn Iraq.

They are simulating that area here in Detroit.
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