Basement FAQs:


Q: Are basements often fitted out to a high standard and used as living space?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement considered necessary?

A: Yes.

Q: Are basements considered standard on all but the smallest new buildings in many places with temperate continental climates such as the American Midwest and the Canadian Prairies where a concrete foundation below the frost line is needed in any case?

A: Yes, and to prevent a building from shifting during the freeze-thaw cycle.

Q: Are basements big business with a large number of projects in the 100–200 square meter bracket?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement the assumed standard?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement deliberately constructed even on a flat site?

A: Yes.

Q: Are basements commonplace in new houses in the Canadian and American Midwest and other areas subject to tornado activity or requiring foundations below the frost line?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement contained in a house situated on a slope?

A: Yes, so that part of the floor is above ground, with a doorway to the outside.

Q: Are basements typically cooler than the rest of the house?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement above grade?

A: Yes, and the foundation is deeper at that point and must still be below the frost line.

Q: Is a basement a floor below the basement floor?

A: Yes.

Q: Are basements designed to allow for their installation?

A: Yes.

Q: Are basements usually not financially feasible unless the building is a large apartment or commercial structure?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement any basement that has an exterior entrance via a stairwell?

A: Yes.

Q: Are basements much easier to construct in areas with relatively soft soils?

A: Yes, and may be foregone in places where the soil is too compact for easy excavation.

Q: Are basements structurally not part of the foundation?

A: Yes, only the basement walls are.

Q: Is a basement a?

A: Yes, From the street, some daylight basement homes appear to be one storey.

Q: Is a basement as of a home?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement used as a recreation room or living room?

A: Yes, but it is not uncommon as well to find there a guest bedroom or teenager's room, a bathroom, a home office, a home gym, a home theater, a basement bar, a sauna, and one or more closets.

Q: Is a basement unfurnished and is used for storage, a workshop, and/or a laundry room?

A: Yes, when this is the case the water heater and furnace will also often be located there, although in some cases the entire basement is finished, and the water heater and furnace are boxed off into a closet.

Q: Is a basement a was excluded from advertised square footage of a house as it was not part of the living space?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement at or above grade at the back of the house?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement used for underground floors of?

A: Yes, for example, department stores, but the word is only used with houses when the space below their ground floor is habitable, with windows and its own access.

Q: Are basements heated in order to ensure relative warmth of the floor above?

A: Yes, and to prevent water supply pipes, drains, etc.

Q: Is a basement above the height of the basement floor?

A: Yes, and then the foundation drains or the weeping tiles outside the footings may be insufficient to keep the basement dry.

Q: Is a basement typically insulated to the floor with vapor barriers to prevent moisture transmission?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a basement shallower?

A: Yes, and excavation costs are reduced.