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  •  I live in an Apartment, 3rd floor (6+ / 0-)

    I cant afford a house let alone a house with a basement.

    Relocating home buyers ask "why are there no basements in Dallas or any part of North Texas?" The simple answer is the North Texas clay soil moves too much, making a basement cost prohibitive. It's structurally safer and much less expensive for a home builder to build a second story than to build a basement.
    http://activerain.com/...

    I did read about some areas building community storm shelters, and subsidizing building costs for low incomes, in TX of all places!

    •  I've heard the "clay soil" story for years. (5+ / 0-)
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      At the link you posted, there are a couple things to note: 1) it's the opinion of a real estate agent, not an engineer or anyone qualified to give that answer:

      Summary:

      Why are there no basements in The Colony, Dallas or any part of North Texas? Because the clay soil makes building a basement on a new construction home cost prohibitive.

      These are the opinions of an experienced local Realtor, not a structural soils expert.

      and 2) scrolling down from that real estate agent's opinion, there is a qualified commenter: October 14, 2011 who demolishes (in my opinion) the real estate agent's opinion.  If finishes up with:
      I am a state licensed Professional Inspector with the state of Texas lic#20238
      Willie E King Jr
      I know a home builder in this area.  He built his own home with a basement garage and it's not a walk-out!  It is a drive down basement. He uses only slabs in the houses he builds. Why?  Says because the are profits higher and the building goes faster.

      That's my personal opinion too: builders here are the "slap 'em up" types and want the profit quickly.  Texas isn't the only place with clay soil.  Downtown Dallas has an entire network of underground walkways, shops, stores, restaurants.  You could live full time underground if you wanted.

      The quick answer is large developers, quick profits, greed, no one wants to break the mold.  Basements provide tornado shelter but also have a lot of energy efficiency benefits in a hot climate too.

      Oh well. Bathtub it is (during a tornado, that is)!  ;-)

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed May 15, 2013 at 10:30:49 PM PDT

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