Commercial buildings are buildings that are used for commercial purposes, and include office buildings, warehouses, and retail buildings (e.g. convenience stores, 'big box' stores, and shopping malls). In urban locations, a commercial building may combine functions, such as offices on levels 2-10, with retail on floor 1. When space allocated to multiple functions is significant, these buildings can be called multi-use.
From a structural point of view, you might think that all basements are created equal. But the reality is that every basement has its own nuances, strengths, and weaknesses.
Whether you own a home with an existing basement, are in the market for a home that has one, or are hoping to build a new home that includes a basement, it’s essential to understand the relationship between the basement and other foundation issues.