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Old 12-22-2016, 12:35 AM   #1
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Should I?? Basement or Crawl?


We just finished plans for a new house. 2750 sq ft on a single floor. One level with no steps due to aging and disability.

The lot we have found slopes approximately six feet over the width of the house. If I have a 2 foot crawl on the high side, the crawl will be 8' on the low side.

We are (were) planning on a sealed and possibly conditioned crawlspace. This is in hot humid South.

So, I am deciding whether to go with a total crawl space, that would range from 2' to 8' in height, or dig out probably a partial basement, that would remain unfinished (and not connected to the main floor). If we did the partial basement, partial crawl, the basement would only be used for some storage space, at most.

Utilities (HWH, HVAC) would be located in the crawl/basement.

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Having recently spent dozens of hours in my crawlspace doing all kinds of work on my project house, several observations:

My lot also slopes down about 3 feet over the footprint of the house. At the top of the house, a two foot crawlspace is not tall enough to do any kind of serious work on plumbing, electrical, HVAC, whatever. I would strongly suggest a bit of additional excavating to give you at least 3 feet of crawlspace height.

The saving grace in my house was the fact that the original owner had a rough-finished concrete floor poured into the crawl space. Essentially it stays clean, dry and critter free. It is suitable for storage of most things most people would store in their garage (obviously excluding gasoline, propane, etc). Consider a concrete floor.
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Old 12-22-2016, 06:34 AM   #3
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I am very partial to full stand up basements. Those are pretty much "the norm" in my neck of the woods. Its harder to sell a house without one.
So in my biased opinion, if money is not an issue I would always go with a full basement.

Having said that, I need a sump pump to keep mine dry. But I still prefer it. Maybe I have too much "crap" I need to store.
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Old 12-22-2016, 08:57 AM   #4
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a basement is more useful then you think. if you can dig it, whats stopping you from putting one in? I personally hate crawl spaces. its just not useful except when you need to work on house.
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We just finished plans for a new house. 2750 sq ft on a single floor. One level with no steps due to aging and disability.
Due to aging and disability your plan is to have no steps. I suggest finding a different lot because that lot will haunt you the rest of your lives.
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Old 12-22-2016, 09:04 AM   #6
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Basement. I'd never build a house with a crawl space when I could have a real basement.
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Nobody in my area builds homes w/crawlspaces nowadays ! It would save you a little money , but your particulars would lead me away from a crawlspace . EIGHT FEET on one end ???

If the mechanicals (furnace , plumbing , etc.) will allow it , you could even consider a "half" basement .

That 8' end is screaming for a walk out door !
Basements nowadays are too often "finished" (IMO) , but if you can keep the moisture level down , they are excellent for storage , especially with a walkout door !
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I vote for a basement as well but regardless, I would have a vapor barrier underneath and a concrete floor in the crawlspace/basement.
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Another vote for basement.
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I'm with SeniorSitizen, if the no steps is really important, you should consider getting a flatter lot.

Or bring in some earth moving equipment and flatten this one out.

Otherwise you will end up almost house bound.

Sloping properties can be more difficult to negotiate than steps or ramps. (With ramps, you have handrails)
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Due to aging and disability your plan is to have no steps. I suggest finding a different lot because that lot will haunt you the rest of your lives.
1. I am assuming since OP is in the plans stage, the lot has already been purchased.
2. Stick to the OP's question at hand. This is why these posts keep getting so side tracked and people stop asking legitimate questions.
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Most of you are slamming for a basement - not the actual quest i believe. But one house of mine has a concrete floor (with drain) and is about 4 feet high. Very comfortable to get around on my mechanics creeper and everything is nicely accessible.


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Slope is not a big deal. Most of the lot (driveway side) is level to the curb.

Yard service will worry about the mowing.
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Both hold up the house but a basement adds value to it. There are however extra steps you should take to ensure it stays as dry as possible.

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Ayuh,.... 'round here the answer to that question comes after test holes are dug,....
Bedrock can be anything from exposed to very deep,...

If ya got the depth of dirt, go with a basement, it fairly cheap space to add value to the place,...
'n the dug dirt can be used to flatten more of yer lot,...

Ya gotta dig for the footers anyways, dig out the middle at the same time,...
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