Unbalanced Earth Pressures

In normal basement construction, basement walls are not designed as cantilever retaining walls because they have lateral supports at the top and and bottom of the structure. (The ground floor is typically designed to transfer loads between the opposing retaining walls, resulting in a balanced load.) However, when a building structure has retaining walls on only one side, the forces are unbalanced, and must be considered as a cantilever retaining wall.