Somebody told me we don't have basements because we don't have tornadoes and we don't need sump pumps, if that makes sense.<quoted text>That's so weird to me. I know why but it's just so odd to think of houses without basements, having grown up with them. They're so practical and versatile!
The house I lived in that did have a basement was very old and the man who built it was from the east. Hence, the basement. I loved that basement.