The Short Basement

DSC_8457Yesterday I was conducting a house tour for a Realtor and his client. The Realtor obviously knew a lot about construction and I have to admit I learned a lot from him. “I always try to start in the basement he said. You learn a lot about the construction of a house that way.”

He’s right you do. What he hadn’t come across before –  he’s from out of town after all – was the concept of the short basement.

A short basement is taller than a crawl space but shorter than a conventional basement. I’ve seen a bunch of them in this area, (Marion, Mattapoisett and Wareham Massachusetts). I believe they are usually poured but someone please chime in if you know of slab versions. Usually you will find a short basement where the water table is high. Its true you lose storage space but take heart. You are far less likely to experience water problems than your neighbors who have full basements and share the same water table.

Resources: For more information about Basements:
Wikipedia on Basements
A High Water Table and Your Basement

Ask about:
2 Burgess Point Road
Wareham, MA

Abutting your own pond and complete with deeded beach access to Onset Bay, this elegant brick front colonial offers several choices for the nature or boat lover. It is situated directly across the road from Little Harbor Golf Course and down the road from conservation land. Inside the entry hall and dining room features a coffered ceiling. There is a first floor master bedroom with bath and walk in closet. Several possibilities for an extra bedroom as well as a media or additional family room


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