All three construction types (basement, slab and crawlspace) work fine
in the right area. I am glad you included the area.
Local conditions often rule out basements because of soil conditions or
water table issues. While you can build a basement almost anywhere, the
cost and/or chance of leaks tend to rule them out of some areas. I suggest
you should be ok in your area.
Slabs save a few $$$ but they also mean less space (basements can be
used for more than just storage) but more important for me is access to home
utilities and a place for the furnace and water heater.
Crawlspace homes are something of a compromise. Like a basement home,
they can be problems in some areas, but generally are not a problem.
Moisture problems with crawlspaces almost always a problem due to poor
grading of the lot, insufficient or closed vents etc. The vents must be
kept open winter and summer.
Personally I like basements, but if I moved to an area where they were
rare, I doubt if I would consider one, there is usually a reason.
Joseph E. Meehan
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