- Where the soil is softer and it’s easier to dig
- Stable areas that are not prone to earthquakes or flooding
- In areas have a higher rate of tornado activity, like the Midwest
Once industrialization took hold in the United States, it became common practice to build a basement or partial basement in new buildings. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that basements started to gain popularity. At this point people began using the basement as a living space instead of just storage.