Basements in Cary NC
Cary home buyers from other regions often are shocked that many Cary homes do not have basements, and buyers agents need to do some explaining.
There are several contributing factors to that situation.
1. Basements are not structurally necessary, so they are luxury priced. We just don't need them. In the north and midwest states, it is necessary to excavate footings 4 to 8 feet below grade to get below frost depth. We only need, by code, to bury footings 15 inches below grade, so further excavation is unnecessary. And expensive.
2. Many Triangle areas have high water tables on site. Water around foundation walls is more likely to intrude into the interior of the basement.
3. Expansive clay soils. Our soils will expand and contract as they get wet and dry. This movement can stress walls, and allow more opportunity for water intrusion.
4. Cost of finish. It is usually more cost effective to convert attic space and finish it than to create and finish a basement. And the home buyers benefit from being high, dry and lit by sunlight.
Yes, you can get a basement in Cary NC. Commonly, it will be a "walk out" basement, also known as a "daylight" basement. one or two walls will be above grade, with exit doors and windows. And the lot will have some slope to accommodate this. Dugout, hole in the ground, basements are extremely rare.