Does anyone not have basement and really wish that they had one? - any opinions would be great. I don't want to end up with a huge basement that we would never develop into anything because we would have no money to do that.
Sorry, that's not much help.
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seriously, our basement is a "man cave" where he gets to be messy and cluttery and horde stuff that i won't allow in the rest of the house.
for me, i couldn't imagine not having the extra space b/c of hubby's pack rat mentality.
To the OP, we don't have basements out here...it's rare that anyone has one (I know of one house that does). Everyone out here simply puts a shed up if they need extra storage. So, that's my vote.
eta: WE could happily live in that house without a basement as well, lol. dh could have the fourth bedroom for a studio and i would be happy doing my thing in the laundry room, if there was one, or taking over part of the kitchen/dining room. i think it sounds completely reasonable.
My parents have their baesment divided- half is a finished basement that is the family/TV room. The rest of the basement is unfinished and separated by a wall and door. There is the laundry room, a room for storage, a place of all my dad's tools, etc. They also have an attic but that's for long term storage as it's a PITA to get up there, wicked hot in the summer, and freezing in the winter. Most of the basements I have been in are the same way- half is finished, and the other half is laundry/storage.
I just have a few closets right now and only a living room and would love a basement for the family room and the storage!
Do you plan on living in the house longterm? IF so then you may want to build one. Yeah it's fine that you have a large lot for the kids to play in, but like you said what about when the weather doesn't cooperate. More importantly what about when they're teens & don't play outside but they have their friends over. Where do you plan on putting overnight guests. Do you live where there are tornados?
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we don't have a basement, just a crawl. I wish we didn't even have that.. it's a pain in the butt to get down there, and it flooded and we ended up paying tons to have it cleaned, because there was no drainage/ventilation down there. Nearly every basement I've ever seen is just a storage place for junk, and when people do fix them up nice, they always end up getting ruined by floods.
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Thanks everyone, any other input is greatly appreciated.
Now, in Indiana, where DH is from, everyone has basements (tornadoes, yikes!) and I would most definitely have a basement there.
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sorry, this may be feeding into a sterotype, but... do you mean if i lived there hubby's treasures would be on the lawn or something?
Ditto! I love my basement. But I live in an old house with no storage and no laundry. So my basement is essential. I mean I don't even have a coat closet, so we keep out only a few coats/jackets for the season and all the out of season items have to be stored in the basement. The other thing to consider is that fixing plumbing and electrical issues is easier with a basement. My ILs bought a house on a slab and I hate it. It feels like the house is sinking in the ground and there is no way to access the buried plumbing if they were to have any problems.
After asking around it seems like basements are not common here because it's so sandy/dirt everywhere and it rarely snows.
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Something to consider if you add the basement is to add both an inside and outside entrance to it. When we looked at houses a couple got crossed off the list because the only way down there was through the house, not as usable in my hubby's opinion.
I just find it a hassle to go down there with the kids when the kitchen and bathroom are upstairs. Plus since moving in to a place with a basement I've grown really paranoid that the top floor is going to cave in (stupid I know). The fact that the floors are so noisy doesn't help this.
Nobody needs a basement, it's just square footage and organization/storage that is needed. That can be had on one floor.
If you only have living room and no other rec space could you have the kids sleep in one room and play in the other? With 4 bedrooms you could have your bedroom, kids sleep room, kids playroom, guest bedroom (or another sleep room).
We really don't store anything there. Dd doesn't play there.
We have closets, attic, and garage for storage. Dd plays in the main living space or her bedroom. The laundry is in the basement and the cats hang out there. That is pretty much it.
At our previous home part of the basement was finished. Dd did play there. We didn't have a garage and attic and had minimal closets for storage. We used it quite a lot.
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A big concern for me would be resale value without the basement. It depends on the area you live in; are basements common or uncommon? If it's the latter, I owuldn't worry so much about resale.
Placement of the mechanical systems should be considered. Will the HVAC, water heater and such take away usable space on the first floor?