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Why do most Irish gaff not have basements?

Practically every house in Canada has some sort of basement. Some are just for storage that you can hardly crawl in but most are decent a lot have a full rooms and even jacks down in them.
Why is such subterranean living not so common in Ireland?
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There's loads in Dublin

*Disclaimer. I'm not from Dublin just rent here. Haven't really seen basements in my county of origin
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Practically every house in Canada has some sort of basement. Some are just for storage that you can hardly crawl in but most are decent a lot have a full rooms and even jacks down in them.
Why is such subterranean living not so common in Ireland?
Because they're extremely expensive.

There you are. Question answered.
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They'd be full of rats, damp and just flood or be full of water......


In the US they are widely used as space is a premium but more so for storms as shelter.
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Practically every house in Canada has some sort of basement. Some are just for storage that you can hardly crawl in but most are decent a lot have a full rooms and even jacks down in them.
Why is such subterranean living not so common in Ireland?
Often wondered about this.

Conversely often wondered why those idiots who live in tornado alley in the US don’t build houses out of concrete.

And why they rebuild same spot every year

Makes no sense

Someone please put Maria Bailey on a swing in a tornado.

She would sue god.
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Not as many serial killers here.
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Expensive and damp
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Ireland has a hell of a lot of ground water and high water tables are very common. Waterproofing a basement is hugely expensive so doesn't make economic sense.
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It's always where the ghost or demon hangout in horror movies,not worth the risk
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Tradition eg needing light
Water from rain and water table all year round needs tanking v hot summers and freezing winters.
stone build v wood build foundation
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It's always where the ghost or demon hangout in horror movies,not worth the risk
Or a hole to hell like in amityville. Fùck that
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Ireland has a hell of a lot of ground water and high water tables are very common. Waterproofing a basement is hugely expensive so doesn't make economic sense.
^one of the main reasons the Brits never started their plans for Dublin’s tube subway system. And a problem that still lies ahead for when we do that and try build up
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You only really find basements in areas which suffer harsh winters. Northern US and Canada.

Reason being the house foundations need to go deep to get below the frost layer. You're digging so deep you may as well build a basement.
If you don't dig deep the groundwater beneath your house will freeze in winter and shift and crack your foundations.

No one in Ireland or UK does basements because there's no need really. Cheaper to build a bigger house or add another floor than excavate a basement and pour concrete.
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