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Old 11-09-2006, 10:16 AM
 
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Hi,
It seems most builders are using either a slab foundation or a crawl space for the new houses in the Charlotte area...more specifically in the Fort Mill, Tega Cay area. Doesn't anyone build new homes with basements? And what are the pros and cons of slab and crawl space. Thanks!!
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Old 11-09-2006, 11:16 AM
 
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we are from the NE and we wanted a basement so bad but they don't do them. Comign fromt he NE I really am going to miss it but they have bonu rooms instead still nothing like a finished basement! We looekd at the crawl space option but for the extra money we will just use the garage for storage.
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Old 11-09-2006, 11:31 AM
 
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Hi,
It seems most builders are using either a slab foundation or a crawl space for the new houses in the Charlotte area...more specifically in the Fort Mill, Tega Cay area. Doesn't anyone build new homes with basements? And what are the pros and cons of slab and crawl space. Thanks!!
this question (with everyone seeming to have a different answer) has actually come up before in another thread.

So, with that said I will only speak of the area that I live in which is Tega Cay, SC. There are many basements in Tega Cay. We have what is called a rugged topography which seems to lend itself well to walkout basements.

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Old 11-09-2006, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Homes with basements are being now built more and more since newcomers from NY and Florida are used to them and request them. But there aren't many. You can find them in resale homes more often.

Crawlspace
Pro: - easy access to wireing, and plumbing
- storage
- you can built a home on a slopey landscape
- Easy to install hardwood floors

Cons:
- Mold if not ventilated correctly
- Floor might not be recommended to support heavy funiture (lets say very big Aquarium)

Slab

Pros:
- you can put heavy funiture on the slab floor
- don't have to worry about mold

Cons:
- slab can crack
- busted plumbing pipes are harder to repair
- framing sills can rott if builder didn't but a barrier correctly between the slab and the sill

Hope that helped. Let me know.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:20 PM
 
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like LTC said. New builders only seem to build basements where the yard slopes to enable a walkout or at least DayLight basement. There aren't many builders putting basements in where the topography is flat. That is what I've found anyway looking at new communities. So in essence if you want a basement in a new community either find a community with some rolling terrain or go to a community that you can buy your lot and bring your own builder.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:56 PM
 
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Hi,
It seems most builders are using either a slab foundation or a crawl space for the new houses in the Charlotte area...more specifically in the Fort Mill, Tega Cay area. Doesn't anyone build new homes with basements? And what are the pros and cons of slab and crawl space. Thanks!!
No, 'cause it's more expense. Has to do with the "frost line" or how far down the ground freezes during the winter. Here it's not even a foot (my experience), whereas up North, it's like 6 feet (per my brother-in-law). My passive solar house is built on slab and other than cool floors in the "winter", I would do the same again. Heat pump? - - never again. good luck.
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Slabs are also cheaper and quicker for the builder/developer.
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Some builders are offering basements -- but you will pay for it for sure. Whereas a basement can add 20K++ to the price of a house, a third floor walkup option is less expensive and often serves a similar purpose, so builders are offering that as well. Best of luck in your search and please let me know if I can help you in any way
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Old 11-10-2006, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Mount Holly, NC
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Homes with basements are being now built more and more since newcomers from NY and Florida are used to them and request them. But there aren't many. You can find them in resale homes more often.
Whoa, I never heard of a basement in FL. The water table is too high, with it being barely above sea level (50-70 ft) for a traditional basement foundation. The closest I ever saw to a basement in FL in my 23 years there were some old churches built 3 stories with the bottom story halfway underground.

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Slabs are also cheaper and quicker for the builder/developer.
Are they really? It seems the majority of new homes in the Charlotte area are crawl space, regardless of pricing. I've seen 110K homes with slab and without, and 500K homes with slab and without- but always the majority being crawl space. Maybe the terrain dictates the best choice....... slabs for flat lots, but crawl spaces for uneven lots.
I'm sure glad my (older) house is crawl space because if it werent my sloping yard would probably shed water onto my house. The way neighborhoods lots slope here I would be nervous NOT having my house a couple feet off the ground. Plus if your a person who likes your porch then.... crawl space is the way to go.
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Old 11-10-2006, 06:41 AM
 
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We were quoted over $50,000 to put in a basement on our new house.
Needless to say, we went with a crawl space.
Dorothy
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