In every other state I"m licensed in, basements are commonlocation, and a nice finimelted basement can be an incredible perk - why not in CA??


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"Until currently, basements in the United States have actually greatly been a Midwestern or Eastern concept, and also for excellent reason. Wright here it freezes in the winter, the land also contracts and expands and also will literally heave the structure of a house up. Builders in those areas need to take the foundation well listed below the 4-foot frost line level to anchor it. Basements tbelow are cheap to construct, so contractors dig just a couple of feet deeper and produce a complete basement."


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Three reasons:

1. Due to the fact that we do not have tornados in California (okay, we acquire them, but they"re little on the Fujita or "F" scale).

2. We have earthquakes rather and also basements would require different engineering for lateral motion.

3. Californians and also our way of life don"t really mesh through basements. I"ve lived below all my life...just how regularly are YOU at home? We have actually such excellent weather that we"re ALWAYS external of the house. We don"t need most inner living area bereason we"re simply not there. Back eastern and also in the midwest, weather gets nasty and also they deserve to be inside all day long--in which situation even more living locations is essential to accommoday long hrs stuck inside your home!

That"s my answer...Viva California"s No Basement Housing!


May 15, 2016 07:01 PM
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John, basements came from the need for structures to loss listed below the frost line as soon as building. We do not have basements here in Texas either.


May 15, 2016 10:36 AM
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John,

I agree with Sam. A


May 15, 2016 01:32 PM
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It stopped about early on 1930s for cost savings. Land in CA was constantly even more expensive so building contractors reduced the corners. In truth, many kind of homes were built through no insulation various other than stuff newspaper inside.

Modern homes with basement are offered as wine cellar and also theater. They come with elevator additionally.


May 15, 2016 01:17 PM
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In Florida it was the water tables. Not certain if it"s as relevant in CA.


May 15, 2016 01:01 PM
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John, Many of the older residences in San Jose carry out have basements. I created offers on several for among our shared clients but the market was not welcomed. As others have actually pointed out ... think earthquakes.


May 15, 2016 09:40 AM
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I love Grace Morioka"s answer. I"ve just seen them in multi million dollar dwellings out here and they were more bunkers and also wine cellars than anypoint and also included after the truth.

 

With earthquakes, I can not imagine having one. Even our harshest winters, there is no scurrently and also we can still go out and also do whatever (even go to the beach in a dry suit). No real require for that added play room.


May 16, 2016 04:14 AM
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Pucount economical factors. Builders didn"t have to put them in bereason land also is even more expensive than construction and builders wanted to save money on their building and construction costs.


May 15, 2016 10:13 PM
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Earthquakes!

I lived there for 20+ years and would certainly have loved a basement

We do not have basements in Florida either!


May 15, 2016 10:02 PM
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I have actually no concept... however I perform understand we do not have them in theCarolinas because of our red clay earth... exceptionally unsteady.


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Hi John -- it depends on the age of the residence. Many type of of the older homes in my sector have actually what is recognized as a "California" basement. It"s a laughable term for many type of relocating clients although I have viewed some very huge basements over the years.

 

 


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John Meussner - surprisingly, I debated this through my wife (after coming earlier from San Diego)!

And answer is - I guess - earthquakes.


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You have actually some good answers here John. I cannot carry out any type of much better.


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Rare, however I"ve remained in a couple basements in the Newport Coast area of Newport Beach, huge ones at that. Not certain of the "why basements are not common in California" myself, even via knowledge of the earthquake concern.


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Much of California is desert, which means many sand also. I think it would certainly be a problem with the foundation. The earthquakes might be an additional problem.


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Earthquakes?


May 15, 2016 11:14 AM
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Most of the answers are what I would certainly say.

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May 15, 2016 09:47 AM
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sea level has something to do with it in Florida


May 18, 2016 10:08 AM
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One household in our neighborhood had actually a sunken living room and also that was the closest point to a basement I"d viewed in Southern CA. When I moved to WA, practically eextremely house right here has actually them. Boy, it took a while to gain supplied to!

I"d constantly assumed it was for structural integrity during earthquakes also. 


May 16, 2016 06:33 AM
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I would certainly say price. We don"t have them in Dallas.


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John Meussner The residences in The golden state do not need the extra space to put in that big coal burning heating system choose in the Northern says. (LOL) I really don"t know, however I carry out prefer the extra room we have actually in our residence here in Northern Virginia.


May 15, 2016 11:48 PM
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I would guess bereason of settling and minor ground movement.


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All expense related. Much of the expense would certainly be to dig in areas of solid rock. Blasting anyone?


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Interesting question - parked and also reading...


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No idea.


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Could be a range of reasons depending on the location.


May 15, 2016 09:37 PM
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This is a great blog topic for you.


May 15, 2016 09:33 PM
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Well I learned something brand-new about the foundation/frost level, etc.

I was going to say that in many kind of of the warmer climates, homes are simply developed on slabs...however currently I understand why.

This, BTW, suggests that most in warmer climates have actually concrete subfloors vs. below they are developed on plytimber. This has substantial implications for kind of flooring supplied...cooler enviroments have actually a solid preference for hardwood as it"s warmer and also they are contructed well for solid hardlumber (as you nail right into plywood). Warmer environments accept tile even more (as it cools the location down). Now, hardhardwood is regularly desired however much more expensive to install solid hardlumber wo/ plywood subfloors.

The earthquake point just wouldn"t make feeling to me at all.

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No tornados?

Quicker to develop on a slab.

 


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