I am an architect in Santa Barbara, CA, designing my first basement (also in CA). Because the site is relatively flat, the basement retaining wall french drain system will require the use of a sump pump to get the water up to the existing curb and gutter height.
Locating the sump within the interior of the basement seems akin to putting a hole in the hull of a boat: Is this really the way to do it?
We get 15 to 20 inches of rain a year. How much water can we anticipate pumping?
Any other tips for a dry, serviceable basement? Any materials (floor or wall) that I should avoid?
(I have not talked to anyone out here who has seen a basement, let alone designed or built one!)
Edited 8/26/2002 10:56:50 AM ET by patrick
Edited 8/26/2002 10:57:46 AM ET by patrick