some properties say that the foundation is a crawl, but then they also say that they have a basement. I am confused is this even possible?

Asked by Pnikkila, Royal Oak, MI Thu Dec 27, 2012

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Sam Elias, Agent, Rochester, MI
Tue Jun 25, 2013
It is possible to have a double or triple foundation when there has been an addition or additions on the home.
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Russ Ravary, Agent, Commerce Township, MI
Fri Mar 1, 2013
There might be a crawl space under part of a house and a basement under another part. Many additions have crawl spaces
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Nancy Robins…, Agent, Royal Oak, MI
Mon Dec 31, 2012
I have shown this home ( actually three times) and the foundation is a basement, there is a root celler under the front porch, It is not a crawl, I lterally opened the door and turned my flashlight from my iphone on. It is the same height as the basement which is full height for its age. 100% not a crawl.

A crawl, is just that you littlerally have to crawl into the spece. Crawls can be as high as four feet but are typically 3 to 2 1/2 feet deep.

A Michigan Basement has a dirt floor and is a generally only under a small portion of the home. They ahve a "Silence of the Lambs" feel to them .

An Arts and Crafts home like the one on Hawthorn typically have a 6/12 foot tall basement. Many 1900-1930 homes, (this is the time span) have a 7 foot high basement. And some have been " dug down" to give more height than 7 feet of head room .

There are wide varieties of foundations and many different combinations. This home on Hawtorn only has a 6/12 foot tall basement.

And BTW, Michelle, there is no family room in this house. The first floor has: a living room, dining room , kitchen and bath. Second floor: three bedrooms and a vintage sleeping porch turned into a really cute study.

Nancy Robinson #1 Realtor Royal Oak 2009- 2012! Century 21 Town and Country. 248 556 7400
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Michelle Pay…, Agent, Birmingham, MI
Sat Dec 29, 2012
I was in that property and it does have both a crawl and a basement. The family room is on the crawl and the rest of the home has a full basement.
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Pam Bava, Agent, Rochester, MI
Thu Dec 27, 2012
Without seeing the home I would have to say because of the age of the home, built in 1919, the property probably has what is called a Michigan basement. It is bigger then a crawl but not quite a deep as a regular basement to stand up in. Or some parts you are able to stand in and other parts of the basement you cannot.
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Andrew Wagon…, Agent, Royal Oak, MI
Thu Dec 27, 2012
Good Question, most times when I see this it normally means there may be both. This can happen as the result of say an addition or new construction on a house that already had a basement.

I have seen this a few times.

I hope this helped you. If you or anyone you know would like further help, I would be more than happy to help.
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Karen Paytas, Agent, Clinton Twp, MI
Thu Dec 27, 2012
The home on Hawthorn is built on a basement. Sometimes if a home has had a family room added on it will be on a crawl space and the original home is on a basment. That is why you'll get both on the listing information.

I hope this helps!

Happy Holidays!

Karen Paytas, GRI, CMS
Real Living Kee Realty
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