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Old 06-06-2014, 02:55 PM   #21
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You should get a cellar then.
Great idea! I'll get DH working on digging it!
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:06 PM   #22
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I've never known of a single person here with a basement. Sure wish we had them.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:34 PM   #23
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Basements aren't as necessary in some parts of California (at least in the coastal and southern parts) because there's very little prolonged freeze there like there is in a lot of the rest of the country, esp. in the east and north areas. Californians also don't have to bury water pipes as deep either.

All generalizations, folks, but that's the main reason for no basements in CA. And for the storage locker businesses.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:14 PM   #24
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I don't understand what freezing weather has to do with having a basement. They're primarily for storage, or so I thought.

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Old 06-06-2014, 04:31 PM   #25
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I don't understand what freezing weather has to do with having a basement. They're primarily for storage, or so I thought.
I'm sure you did

Yes, they're great for storage. But there is/was another reason for them.

"there are no basements because they are used to keep pipes 'indoors' so they dont freeze in the winter. Unlike the northeast and midwest, California doesnt have that issue. Same reason Florida doesnt have them. They basically dont need them."

[Florida and other places may not build basements because of the water table.]

How come California homes have no basement? (Sacramento, Saratoga: houses, earthquakes) - (CA) - City-Data Forum


"basements in the United States have largely been a Midwestern or Eastern concept, and for good reason. Where it freezes in the winter, the land contracts and expands and will literally heave the foundation of a house up. Builders in those areas have to take the foundation well below the 4-foot frost line level to anchor it. Basements there are cheap to construct, so builders dig just a few feet deeper and create a full basement."

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Those are just a few of the sites that explain why basements and why no basements.

I would love having a basement.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:07 PM   #26
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Basements are fantastic! It's where our furnaces and water heaters reside. It's also another level that we can finish with wallboard and carpeting for a family room/mancave/children's play area.

Most important of all, it's where we accumulate piles and stacks of useless old crap that we should have tossed decades ago but couldn't bare to part with. It's a posthumous gift to our children who will toss it all into a dumpster without a glance or thought after we're gone.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:23 PM   #27
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Basements are fantastic! It's where our furnaces and water heaters reside. It's also another level that we can finish with wallboard and carpeting for a family room/mancave/children's play area.

Most important of all, it's where we accumulate piles and stacks of useless old crap that we should have tossed decades ago but couldn't bare to part with. It's a posthumous gift to our children who will toss it all into a dumpster without a glance or thought after we're gone.

Yup. My basement houses my former grow light gardens (now Costco overflow storage) and my woodworking equipment, along with a whole bunch of useless crap.
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Yup. My basement houses my former grow light gardens (now Costco overflow storage) and my woodworking equipment, along with a whole bunch of useless crap.
That describes our attic pretty well
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Danes have recently started having yard/rummage sales. One of my sisters friends summed it up like this, "Now we all swap attics."
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Because we generally have good weather and no basements, everything that needs to be stored goes in the garage. There are a gazillion garages here without cars, just "basement" junk. Then again we never have to get ice and snow off of our outdoor cars to get to work.

The self storage businesses to store your junk for a hefty monthly rental fee are everywhere. I think people are daft to have one and store mostly worthless "stuff", or anything short of priceless antiques.
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