Moving South From Up North
Homes built with basements are not very common in the south, but they are available and in all shapes and sizes, price ranges and finishes. The main reason they are not as common as up north or out west is the fact that the temperatures are fairly mild down here and the ground does not freeze/thaw as it would in say Boston or New York. Foundations need to be below the frost line which in northern states can be 4-5 feet deep so it makes sense to just continue down and make use of that space. Often this is where you will find the utilities equipment like the water heater etc.
Why To Build A Basement
So with the unnecessary cost of adding a basement most builders do not build homes with them. There are some cases where they will build a basement home in Clayton and more often than not it is because of the slope of the land. If the lot the home is to be built on slopes away at the back then it will require walls to be built for the foundation, if there is enough clearance the builder will decide from a number of options. They could do nothing except make a huge crawl space, they could do a partial basement or they could do a full basement and either finish it or leave it unfinished. There are a number of ways they build basement walls, poured concrete walls on site, precast concrete where the walls are made off site and dropped in place and concrete block.
How Many Homes Have Basements In Clayton, NC
The basement homes for sale in Clayton, (currently there are 31 basement homes on the market) you will find run the gamut from essentially a storage area to a luxury fully finished living area with incredibly upgrades and finishes. This is not restricted to new homes either, many older homes have completely unfinished basements where the homeowner just used the area as a place to store garden tools or had a workbench with lights and stool. You will also find basements that have been turned into home theaters, game rooms, bars and separate living areas like a small apartment.
Types Of Foundations Found In Homes In Clayton, NC
The most common form of basement you will find in Clayton is a walk out basement or daylight basement which are normally used in a house built on a slope with the back part of the house level with the lower ground, thus being able to walk out, usually to a patio. These basements will have windows along the rear wall and depending on the slope may have them along the side. Because bedrooms must have an escape route it is possible to have additional bedrooms in a walkout basement or a completely separate living area, such as an in-law suite or apartment.
Crawl Space Foundations More Common
A crawl space as the name implies is a mini basement and can be as low as literally you would have to crawl on your belly to get across it to some where you can stand upright on one side of the house and crawl on the other. Crawl spaces allow access to pipes, cables and in some cases will house the water heater and or air handler. In older homes it is common to have the dirt be the floor but these days a heavy plastic vapor barrier is put down to reduce moisture rising up from the ground. In some cases a builder will install a layer of crushed stone or sand in the crawl space and then lay the vapor barrier. When you have a stand up crawl it is sometimes possible to install a concrete floor to make use of the space. I have seen these spaces used for storing garden tools and as a work area.
It is never a good idea to store any perishable items in a crawl space directly on the dirt and the worst thing you can do is leave cardboard or untreated wood in the crawl as this will attract termites and other insects that could end up doing damage to the house. There is a debate going on between sealed and unsealed crawl spaces and the pros and cons of each. Moisture and air flow if not monitored can lead to mold issues. There are those that say that the whole crawl space needs to be sealed completely and there are companies that will do that, others feel that the most important issue is adequate air flow.
The next type of foundation you will find in homes in Clayton is a slab foundation. As it sounds, it is a poured concrete floor about 4-6 inches deep on a layer of gravel and sand. The plumbing and electric lines are usually buried in the concrete before it is set. Slab foundations are less expensive to build than crawl spaces or basement foundations.
The basement homes for sale in Clayton at the moment are priced from $124,000 up to $700,000 and some are huge spaces others are basically unusable, but price is not an indication of finish or quality. Some of the more expensive homes have basements that are just concrete walls and maybe some studs for walls, while some of the mid priced homes have fully finished basements.