In some parts of the country, many or most homes are built on a slab -- ie. no basement. The home rests on a concrete foundation. Some builders of yesteryear built homes on a slab to also make them more affordable. Sometimes, the soil and/or rock formations would not support a basement. Earthquakes, water tables and many other factors can also influence whether a particular home, neighborhood, or geographic area will have a basement or not.
Here are just a few practical considerations to take into account regarding homes built on a slab:
- Lack of storage. This can be huge. Even if you aren't a pack rat, storing your items either in the garage or unfinished attic (with perhaps only a ladder access) can prove to not only be quite challenging, but also downright stressful.
- Cold on the feet. Slab homes can be cold on the feet in the winter, even when walking on carpet.
- Hard on the feet. Slab homes can also be hard on joints as well as concrete just doesn't give the way wood framing does.