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Old 04-06-2018, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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We did in this house and in our previous house. This house has a 3 car garage and we had a storage shed at our old house. Given some of the epic hail storms we've had I'm glad we garage our cars.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Dfw
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No they do not have basements which I find very strange considering tornadoes and all that...why wouldn't they have a basement? Seems like a no brainer.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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If you wish to know why instead of wondering just read the myriad of threads explaining why to transplants.
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:02 AM
 
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No they do not have basements which I find very strange considering tornadoes and all that...why wouldn't they have a basement? Seems like a no brainer.
Because the soil here has too much clay and limestone so water does not drain very fast so you would end up with an underground indoor pool under your house every time there's a heavy rain.
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Bedford
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No they do not have basements which I find very strange considering tornadoes and all that...why wouldn't they have a basement? Seems like a no brainer.
Tornadoes would be a pretty bad reason to spend money on a basement in this area. They get a lot of attention when they hit, but they are still very rare and are seldom dangerous enough that you need the extra protection of a shelter or basement. I've lived in this for 42 and a half years and I don't know anyone that's been injured in a tornado and I can think of 2 people that I know that have had damage to their home from a tornado. I'm not saying you shouldn't take the threat seriously, but you also shouldn't build the church for Easter Sunday.
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:22 PM
 
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Because the soil here has too much clay and limestone so water does not drain very fast so you would end up with an underground indoor pool under your house every time there's a heavy rain.
What you said plus the clay just isn't stable enough. It expands and shrinks a lot. It would cost quite a bit to build a standard basement to handle the shifting soil.

That is why there are so many foundation repair companies around. No matter how well built your house is, it will eventually start to shift a bit, causing doors and windows not to open smoothly or lock correctly. When it gets bad, the mortar in the brick will start to crack.

The other reason is because there isn't a need. Homes up north are required to lay the foundation several feet below the surface so water pipes won't freeze every winter. If you have to put the pipes 7 or 8 feet below the surface, might as well make it a room.

As far as tornadoes, most homes have a room or closet in the middle with no windows. If you have the money to have a house built or retro-fitted one and tornadoes scare you that much, you can build/add a small, reinforced 'panic' room or pay a company to install a small, underground bunker. Home Depot and Lowe's sell them.
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