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View Poll Results: Crawl space or slab
Crawl space 31 57.41%
Slab 23 42.59%
Voters: 54. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-16-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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I vote for basement. (Of course I didn't vote because that wasn't one of the options). I think around here non-basement houses mostly have a crawlspace but I'm not positive because literally everyone I can think of has a basement.
I agree! Basement for sure.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:11 PM
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I believe we had a recent thread on this topic.

In my area, homes built on a slab are the cheaper homes - slab construction costs less than construction on a crawl space. Homes in higher price ranges are built on a crawl space. The elevation of a home on a crawl space is more desirable IMO. It is no fun to have to jackhammer your floor when you have plumbing issues, etc.

The type of soil is a factor in the type of foundation. This varies by area obviously.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I vote for basement. (Of course I didn't vote because that wasn't one of the options). I think around here non-basement houses mostly have a crawlspace but I'm not positive because literally everyone I can think of has a basement.


I would also vote for a basement. Most homes in our area have one or at least half a basement half a crawl, but I'm not a fan of crawl spaces.
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Old 09-16-2017, 08:34 PM
 
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Isn't basement just a portion of the house? Otherwise it is called ground level. So the non-basement portion of the house would either be on crawl space or slab.


And that basement portion also has a foundation underneath it right?
You didn't give basement as an option for some reason.

On houses with a basement, it's not ground level. Where I live, they are a minimum of 6 feet underground. Our frostline is 4 feet so they have to go below that. There's no such thing as a house having a basement and a crawl space or a slab where I live. The slab is the basement floor. There's no foundation under a basement. You've never had one or been in one, right?
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I vote for basement. (Of course I didn't vote because that wasn't one of the options). I think around here non-basement houses mostly have a crawlspace but I'm not positive because literally everyone I can think of has a basement.

Very few houses built in Western Oregon since WW II have basements. Those older ones that have them are often swimming during the winter and need sump-pumps. Most without basements have slabs in the garage and crawlspace under the house. My family had a house for 49 years, with a crawlspace and not once in that time, did anyone go into it.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:35 PM
 
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Very few houses built in Western Oregon since WW II have basements. Those older ones that have them are often swimming during the winter and need sump-pumps. Most without basements have slabs in the garage and crawlspace under the house. My family had a house for 49 years, with a crawlspace and not once in that time, did anyone go into it.
Please advise the name of the plumber who installed the system that never needed attention in half a century.
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:51 PM
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Location: Wasilla, AK
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My first house had a slab and I had a water intrusion issue right before I was going to list it. Never had that problem with a crawl space. Right now I own two houses. One on a slab and one with a crawl space. I know the crawl space house will be a lot easier to deal with when it comes to plumbing and sewer issues. Everything is right out in the open down in the crawl space. Not to mention I can store a lot of junk down there. I'll probably sell the slab house before I have any issues with whatever is under the slab.
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Old 09-17-2017, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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Here in Hawaii it's slab, cool, lots of bugs, crawl space, fewer bugs, better cooling. Your choice.
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Old 09-17-2017, 02:48 AM
 
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Yes and yes...basement or slab for me as well. Just the phrase 'crawl space' is enough to provoke anxiety and claustrophobia; no thanks!
You'll have a lot less anxiety when you hear you need a plumbing repair done if your pipes run through a crawl space rather than through a slab!

I don't have a problem with entering crawl spaces as long as I have someone there to protect me! A brave dog or, as a last resort, a man who can scare away the creepy crawlies.

Slabs are harder on my joints, I believe. Like living on concrete.
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Old 09-17-2017, 03:28 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Of course, some people take crawl spaces to the extreme.
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