sunken patio as way to do a walkout/daylight basement on flat lot

hairmetal4everJuly 26, 2012

OK, I've seen this a few times and think it's a great idea, but have any of you done this or seen plans?

Say you have a flat lot or one with very little slope. And you want a walkout (daylight, if you prefer) basement. Rather than messing with trying to grade the property, why not place a sunken patio, with steps and a terrace, at the walkout exit, that then walks back up to grade? I have seen one or two homes in the past like this, and it really makes a nice serene outdoor spot, plus allows you to have the daylight basement...

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Do you mean something like this?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 4:54PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

We thought about doing something like that at our old house, but never did.
Chief concern is you need a way to handle water for sure....else you may find your basement filling with water from the outside terrace which will act as a swimming pool if not properly drained. Consider gravity too, as during a hurricane you will get lots of rain with no power to run a sump pump.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 7:52PM
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The sunken patio/basement walk out is very common here in Vancouver BC. Like AnnieDeighnaugh said, you have to provide a floor drain outside and make sure it can drain when needed.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 8:06PM
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Thomas Jefferson had a sunken lawn at his Poplar Forest home.

Here is a link that might be useful: Poplar Forest

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 6:46AM
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The second picture-- the one posted by young Gardner-- how would that space drain in a heavy rain without flooding the basement?

Looks really nice.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 12:03AM
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