Well, DH wants a basement when it comes time to build the house this spring, but I don't want one. Why? I personally think it's wasted space, plus added cost of excavating, and as we age, going up and down steps is going to be something to keep to a minimum. I would much prefer a slab or a crawl space. Actually, I'm leaning towards a slab, just because animals couldn't crawl under the house and die or start making a mess under there. We live in a region of the country where most homes either have a full of half basement. And I'm not too sure why everybody has one! The house we are building is 1 1/2 story with the kid's bedrooms up on the second floor. As they get older and move out, the upstairs can be closed off and not used except for storage. Could anyone explain to me the pros and cons of each type of foundation? Thanks!