A little off topic, but thought those on this site would know. What
are the up and downsides of a slab home, other than the storage
advantage. My husband and I are thinking of moving and have found
some homes on slab. We do not require the additional storage. Have
always lived in basement homes. We live in metro Atlanta. Thanks Liz
I can't imagine not having at least SOME basement. Where the heck else
would the water heater and furnace go? 'course I'm in Kansas, never know
when the winds going to blow. A slab surely has to be a challenge for HVAC,
plumbing and wiring.
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In the west, the water heater and/or furnace goes in the garage or an inside
closet. In warmer climes, the furnace goes in the attic, or a heat pump
I notice that a lot of builders that don't build basement homes say the
ground is too (pick something...), but they sure like to build swimming
Another respondent, apparently unknowingly, hit upon a few differences.
Slab type needs separate rooms for water heater, furnace, and so forth. Not
that its a real problem.
Water entry and water waste exit is through the slab. As long as the slab
doesn't walk, no appreciable earthquakes, and plumber did his work
correctly, should be okay. Natural gas entry is through slab as well.
HVAC ducting is normally primarily through the attic area for slab homes.
May cut down on storage space up there.
Electrical entry and routing is through the walls and attic area in slab
Actually, there are three main types of foundations: basement, slab,
and raised foundation. I have a combination of raised foundation and
slab in my split level home. We are in earthquake country, and we
also live close to the water where settling has been know to be a
problem. So, the superior part of my foundation is clearly the raised
foundation, where the floor joists are bolted to deep footed walls,
and I have a crawl space for plumbing and wiring. The slab is in good
shape and hasn't cracked, but I've seen homes were the floor were
uneven because of this. The slab part of our house is pretty much
fixed in terms of the plumbing. Any retrofit change would not be
impossible, but a real expensive hassle. I agree though that a good
slab can be ideal for radiant floor heating (which we also have). I
recommend though that if you put in the radiant floor heating, it NOT
be part of the foundation slab, but instead be layered on top. All
things must pass, and even radiant floor plumbing needs fixing. But
if it's integral to the foundation of the whole house, it will be
expensive and intrusive to the monolithic aspect of a good
foundation. So, if you have a choice, skip the basement as they are
too expensive, but a good raised foundation is a sign of quality on a
new home. As mentioned, in any sort of flooding, at least that 2'
space gives some protection against ruin. Also, the ground under a
raised foundation can be dried out...
My girlfriend and I just(like 2 days ago) bought a condo with basement vs.
the slab. For me - the advantage is, sleeping. I sleep during the day and
will be able to build a floating soundproof bedroom down there. I understand
most people do not have this need! How about resale. I'm told - this is from
the shifty realestate agent - that basements sell first. I can attest that
we looked at more homes without basements so I'm wondering if the ones with
basements were sold! I don't know. I'm happy we decided with the basement.
I'll get back to you in five years and tell you if we have even gone DOWN
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