I had two comments on today's post about our house not having a basement!
Here in Florida we only a few feet above sea level. I believe our house now is like tops 10 feet above sea level. Where we are moving is more inland and I think they told us our elevation is like 30 feet above sea level. We're very close to the gulf coast, right now we're only about 20 minutes away from the beach.
When you dig here in Florida after about a foot or two of digging you hit the water table. It's not just solid dirt under our homes, we have water right under us here! So it's impossible to dig for a basement because it's not solid ground, it's just water sloshing around!
I've actually only visited one house with a basement and it was my mom's cousin's house in Maryland. Whenever my friend from work is looking for houses in Minnesota (she likes to threaten to move sometimes and then changes her mind) I notice that the square footage of houses is HUGE there but from the outside they don't look huge, basements! I never even thought about how much extra space that would give you!
So you guys that live where you can have basements are soooo lucky! We have to store all of our stuff in the garage or in the attic (which we have to be careful because it gets so hot here that stuff will melt).