Basements have been are for as long as people have been building homes. Greek ruins often have basements built into them. The Egyptian pyramids are built over massive basements, some as large as a football field. We have always known that basements are great places to store things. For some reason, home in Arizona are almost never build with basements. Because of this you might not be as familiar with them as you should be. Today, we are going to fix that!
Types of Basements
There are several types of basements, a fact that may come as surprise to many. Daylight basements are common with houses built on slopes. The lower part of the basement is exposed to the outside, while the ‘upslope’ part is underground. Daylight basements usually have exterior access and can be used as garages, storage locations, or even living spaces.
Look-out basements commonly appear in large cities. The walls of a look-out basement extend above ground level, usually just enough for occupants to look out a small window. This allows natural light in, curing the room of that dark/dreary vibe so often associated with basements.
Walk-up basements are built fully underground, but have exterior access. Because they are not readily accessible from inside the house, they are almost always used just for storage.
Crawl spaces are the area between the foundation of the home, and the floor of the house. Although they are not technically basements, although they can fill some of the same functions. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, based off of the name, but crawl spaces are usually much smaller than basements and do not afford any room for standing up and walking around. Because of this, their primary function is usually that of storage.