Are Rising Construction Costs Killing the American Basement?

| December 26, 2019

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The basement is losing favor among home builders and buyers. But why? Fewer than a quarter 24.3 percent of single-family homes built in 2018 have basements, according to NAHB analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction in a recent Eye on Housing blog post. This is down sharply from the 36.8 percent of homes built in 2000 with basements, and the decline has been steady over the past two decades.

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