advise on combining basement and slab?

13 years ago

OK, I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks and have been truly blessed by all of you and your knowledge!

We are working on our plans and budget. We are considering building a partial basement to house the mechanical items, a freezer, exercise equipment, and some storage. We would like to then do slab under the rest of the first floor and probably have concrete floors in those rooms. We are planning the basement under the laundry, kitchen, and bathroom so that the pipes would be accessible if needed. The major reason not to do a full basement is budget.

We do live in an area prone to shrink/swell, extreme variations in temperature and humidity.

Are we crazy? Advise on how to make this plan work?

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