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Land is an expensive commodity at the moment, even in the suburbs, so why do we not normally have basements in Australian homes?

The basement takes up no additional space, and is useful for storage or for additional rooms, which would be very useful with today's intergenerational housing.

Furthermore each basements could be a crude or legitimate bomb shelter or panic room or virus shelter, etc.

There are concerns over radon gas, but one could limit these structures to low radon areas.

Thank you
 

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Land is an expensive commodity at the moment, even in the suburbs, so why do we not normally have basements in Australian homes?

The basement takes up no additional space, and is useful for storage or for additional rooms, which would be very useful with today's intergenerational housing.

Furthermore each basements could be a crude or legitimate bomb shelter or panic room or virus shelter, etc.

There are concerns over radon gas, but one could limit these structures to low radon areas.

Thank you
Construction of basements in Australia is crazy expensive is the main reason. Better off building a third storey and going up
 

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Caesar

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Because we don’t live in a cold climate

Houses in cold climates require deeper foundations to withstand the pressure and movement of ground that is constantly thawing and freezing

If you’re digging down deep to put foundations in then you may as well build a basement

If you don’t need to dig down, a basement is just an extra cost (and a fairly expensive one, as others have noted)
 

Taylor

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Caesar got it. Foundations above the frost line will suffer a frost heave in snowy weather. So you build the foundations and run the pipes under the frost line, where the ground is a block of ice, so the building doesn't move and your pipes don't block up.

It's why we would be absolutely stuffed in most Australian cities if we ever had a week long cold snap from the Antarctic that dumped snow and sub zero temperatures on suburbia.

It would look pretty and the kids would love having fun in the ten seconds before it turns muddy and gross, but the toilets and showers will freeze and crack the pipes.
 

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Norm Smith Medallist
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Land is an expensive commodity at the moment, even in the suburbs, so why do we not normally have basements in Australian homes?

The basement takes up no additional space, and is useful for storage or for additional rooms, which would be very useful with today's intergenerational housing.

Furthermore each basements could be a crude or legitimate bomb shelter or panic room or virus shelter, etc.

There are concerns over radon gas, but one could limit these structures to low radon areas.

Thank you
Because of South Australians?
 

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