Height of stem wall?
How does one determine the height of a stem wall above grade? If one is building a basement, what are the determining factors in assessing how high the stem wall should be above grade. I haven’t been able to understand what the issues are other than what is sometimes described by code. In my case, the site is perfectly flat (not sloped). Assuming I will have no problem with excavation, what are the issues that inform this design decision?