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A recent study conducted by the Na- They are based on average conditions tional Association of Home Builders and assume earth pressures and comfound that about one out of every three pressive loads typical in light building homes built today includes a basement. construction. For above-average earth The growing popularity of below-grade pressures, higher walls (more than 8 space is due to the increasing need for feet), or deeper fill, you will need to living, recreational, and storage space consider using a thicker wall section, a at an affordable cost. And with the reinforced design, or lateral support scarcity and high cost of buildable land, such as crosswalls