What Exactly is a ‘Basement’ in a Florida Home?

What Is a Basement and Why Should We Care?

It is no secret the United States is a land of natural resources. The country used to be built on farms and farmland, but now we are surrounded by tons of trees, plants, lakes and rivers. Unfortunately for us, there are some things that can’t handle the sun and wind in Florida. These items include dirt and wood because they don’t have roots deep down into the ground like trees do. This is where trees come in handy. Trees have roots that go deep into the ground, which keeps them from blowing or washing away when storms are in the area.
When you build a house in Florida, you will need to dig a hole for it and put wood posts or steel beams in the ground around the hole. This keeps your home from blowing away if there is high wind or rain. This hole is called a “basement” because it is a spot where water can collect and things can sit without being exposed to air or sun.

do houses in florida have basements
do houses in florida have basements

How to Find the Best House Plans for Your Florida Home

If you are in the market for a house, you might be wondering if you should start looking at Florida Houses now, or wait until spring while they’re all planted and green. When it comes to buying your first home, you need to decide which type of home will work best for your situation. There are two main types of homes that can be built on land in Florida: single family homes and houses with basements. Having a basement is nice because the house can stand up to the elements without feeling like it’s caving in. But are basements a good idea in Florida? Are they going to make your winter living more difficult?
Not at all. In fact, basements can actually add quite a lot of value to your house. Having a basement increases the comfort level of your home. It’s also great for storage. One thing you want to be sure of when it comes to choosing the right home plan is that it has plenty of storage space. You want a good amount of space for both long term and short term storage, so you can keep those boxes out of sight. Having a basement gives you that space you need to make your life a lot more efficient.

do houses in florida have basements
do houses in florida have basements

Building A Basement in Florida – Part 1

If you want a house that won’t cave in on itself when the weather goes south, you should build it with a basement. But if you want to know the difference between a Florida house with a basement and one without, read this article first before making your decisions. There are two main types of Florida houses; ones with basements and ones without. If you’re building your house on solid ground and not a swamp, you can probably skip the basement. If you want to build a house that’s built to last, however, you need to decide if it will be better for you and your family to build with a basement. The decision points to make are as follows. Do you live on a swamp?
If yes, you should have a basement.
If no, you shouldn’t have a basement. Are you planning on living in the house for decades? If yes, put in the basement now before it becomes too difficult to do so once the house is built.
If no, don’t worry about it.
Are you building a house that will have a pool and/or need a concrete foundation? If yes, build with a basement.
If no, don’t worry about it. Will your house be used for storage? If yes, put in the basement before it becomes too difficult to do so once the house is built.

do houses in florida have basements
do houses in florida have basements

Building A Basement in Florida – Part 2

Building a house with a basement right on the ground is probably not the best thing to do. Basements can be built in Florida, but they need to be ventilated or they will get anything but dry. If you live in Florida and want to build your dream home, you might need to ask yourself a few questions beforehand: Is your family going to be growing? Will you be moving from one house to another? If you answered yes, there’s a good chance you’ll want to build a house with a basement. A basement can be a great place for storing all of your belongings. It can represent an extra room for your family to use during the off season and get away from the craziness that’s happening on the weekends.
Building a basement from the ground up is probably the best way to go about doing it. Exterior walls should be made of concrete or brick, in order for them to stand up to any storms that blow through. This is especially important if you’re planning on building your house in an area that’s known to have very high winds.

do houses in florida have basements
do houses in florida have basements

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In conclusion, if you live in Florida you will want to build a house with a basement even if you don’t think so. Basements are good for storing things like books and winter clothing, but more importantly they help stabilize your home when the weather gets tough. The wind and rain can make your house shake, and that has to stop. Basements are built to last, and they will withstand the elements if you build them correctly. For more information on this topic or for any questions you may have, feel free to contact us today at 877-777-8778 . You can also find us on Facebook , Twitter , and Google+ .
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