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Crawlspace or Basement: Which is For You?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sure, you have a lot of choices to make when it comes to your roof, your siding, your windows, your doors, your lawn and garden, and then of course, there’s the interior of your home and all that goes with that. Indeed, building and owning a home can be just one big decision after another, all coming repeatedly until you’re out of breath and out of money it seems! Yet there’s one thing that absolutely every home needs to consider, and that’s the foundation of the home, the structure upon which the entire thing is built upon.

Choose Your Underhome

Specifically, what are you going to do with that space? You can choose to either make it a full-on basement, or simply a crawl space; there are advantages and disadvantages to both, not to mention the fact that you will be required to do quite a bit of work for either; but what kind of work are you willing to do, or pay to have done? These are all questions you will have to answer as you continue to plan out your home.

Regardless of whether you choose to merely have a crawl space or full basement built under your home, you’ll have to dig. Excavation is required to one degree or another for either form of undercarriage for your house, so to speak, and you will at least have to pass the frost line if ground is prone to freeze in your area. You’ll also want to consider what kind of reinforcement and installation you’ll be willing to do, whether that means poured concrete or some other form of foundation. Concrete blocks also work, for example, though most prefer solid concrete instead.

Stay Intelligent and Informed

You’re going to end up using the cost of the excavation and installation as a primary guide for this decision, as it can be run quite expensive and if this isn’t something you really have the budget for, then there is little point in pursuing, say, a full basement. You may also want to consider whether or not you would actually even use a full basement, or if what a crawlspace does will be sufficient for your needs.

All too often, we take more than we absolutely need; this can end up running us into considerable, and unnecessary, debt. When it comes to custom homes, the more debt-free you are the better off you’ll be. You can easily get a solid estimation from a contractor, as well as some advice on waterproofing, reinforcing, and the use of concrete for under your home. Intelligent, informed buying is the best kind of buying, after all!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com