6 reasons basements should be abolishedCall me crazy, but basements stink. Some quite literally.  When I look at an overall home design, basements are usually last on the list of spaces that homeowners will really enjoy. Many homeowners often assume that a basement needs to be part of any new home design. But basements actually wind up being an added expense and a liability that most people don’t need. Here are 6 reasons by basements should be abolished:

  1. Compared to crawlspaces or slabs-on-grade, basements are a lot more expensive to construct, including excavation and materials to build, electrify, and finish the space.
  2. Basements inevitably become victims to moisture, whether by way of infiltration, floods, or plumbing accidents. A wet or flooded basement is a bummer for anyone.  There is also the added expense of installing and maintaining equipment used for the sole purpose to prevent water from entering the basement and abate water if it does enter the basement; if you don’t have a basement, you don’t need to invest in that equipment.
  3. Basements are psychologically oppressive: Ceilings tend to be lower compared to other floors and windows tend to be smaller compared to those on other floors causing natural light to be limited. This is only good for growing mushrooms, playing video games, and smoking weed—three things parents generally don’t want happening in their basements.
  4. In the long run, as habitable space, basements require more energy (money) to run and maintain, compared to crawlspaces or slabs-on-grade. The cost of heating, cooling, electricity, and time to clean the spaces adds up.
  5. There is a trend in residential living for laundry rooms to migrate to the upper/living floors, plus equipment for heating, cooling, and plumbing are becoming smaller, as they become more efficient, and can reside in attics or small closets throughout the house. Bedrooms in basements generally do not comply with building code because the windows are too small and high up on the wall for ample rescue by a fireman in the event of a fire or other emergency. These modern situations have rendered the basement obsolete in terms of the bulk of their original intended function.
  6. Basements require stairs for access. There is a trend in residential living to consolidate most, if not all, living functions to the ground floor. This is certainly the case for older homeowners with mobility issues who have difficulty using stairs to access different floor levels, making a basement level unnecessary.

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