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Does anyone outside of Michigan understand or use the term Michigan basement?

Just curious. They are usually in pre 1930s homes here and are formed as an extension of a crawl space. They are usually dirt and/or stone, and aren't as tall as a full basement. I kind of looked a little online today, and a couple places said that they just referred to anything shy of a full basement as a "cellar".

 
Mom-2-3-Girlz

Asked by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 9:51 AM on May. 13, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • It is not a crawl space, it is deeper then a crawl space. I believe a Michigan basement has walls but dirt for a floor. I looked at a house years ago that had one.
    tazdvl

    Answer by tazdvl at 7:56 PM on May. 14, 2011

  • From MI here, I know what one is lol.
    salexander

    Answer by salexander at 11:05 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • We had one of those in my first home growing up, but I didn't know it was called a Michigan basement. We lived in Ohio. lol
    ABeaverhausen

    Answer by ABeaverhausen at 9:53 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • We have one in our home but we call it a crawl space.
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 9:55 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • Cellar...
    matobe

    Answer by matobe at 9:55 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • Never heard the term, but I've lived all my life in NC.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 9:55 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • We call it a crawl space.
    Candi1024

    Answer by Candi1024 at 9:56 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • LOL...did they call it an "Ohio basement" then? I said something about a "Michigan basement" in a post about snakes getting into the house yesterday, and thought "I'm probably dumb for thinking they know what I'm talking about...yeah...that's a Michigan only term" LOL
    Mom-2-3-Girlz

    Comment by Mom-2-3-Girlz (original poster) at 9:56 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • Yes, but we're about 5 minutes south of Michigan. They do advertise them that way here. Honestly, though, I don't know of other places that actually have a cellar-like space of those dimensions, either. Crawl spaces are shorter, cellars are taller, and root cellars are usually accessed from outside and not as tied to the dimensions of the house. The houses we looked at with MI basements, I couldn't stand up straight in them. My uncle's farm had a pre-30's house with a cellar, and it was still taller than that.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:57 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • I said something about a "Michigan basement" in a post about snakes getting into the house yesterday


    And THERE'S one more reason I'm happy we passed on the ones we looked at...
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:59 AM on May. 13, 2011

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