I could not imagine not having a basement. Our realtor suggested some and I about flipped my lid. I don't go in ours unless I am doing laundry or there is a tornado. We have looked at houses with awesome finished basements and I keep thinking I wouldn't mind staying down there in a storm! When I was little a tornado went right over our house and came down the street next to us taking out a school and a house. I could never live in a home without a basement. Your think we'd have water down in ours now! It's been a long time since a big snow storm here were your really stuck. It happened for the city people a couple years ago here but not us. I had friends stuck at the hospital three days working. We hav the generator because when the power goes out ours is the last to come back on. You hurricane people are nutts! I'm good with lake Erie for a fake ocean.