Originally Posted by Want2retire
When I was a kid in St. Louis (before we moved to Hawaii) we had a huge, more or less unfinished basement. The main room was big, probably 40'x50' and mostly empty.
My Dad's family was from St. Louis and we lived there (U-City) for a while when I was really young. I remember the basement in the apartment house where a friend lived, and it was massive. We played rubber band gun wars in there all the time, and games of hide & seek had to start with a clarification if basements were out of bounds or not.
Most of the rest of my life has been somewhere without basements, although I knew some kids when I was living in Colorado whose home was a basement without a house on top of it
. The "roof" was a concrete slab that stuck above ground level about a foot. Some small basement windows around the sides, and a door at normal level that opened to an enclosed staircase down to their "home" Weird house and a weird family - Mom didn't like me being over at their house too much at all.
Basements are impractical in Houston. Some people claim that there are some homes with basements here, but I've never seen one. I'd love to have the space for a rec room with a full sized pool table.