I think being in a warm climate, basements are not normally seen as part of a house here in the Philippines. Basements are built in colder climates as cellars where food and drinks are stored. Some use them as laundry room, utility space or a space for the air conditioning system.
When I was younger, I was fascinated with the idea of owning a house with a basement complete with basement flooring colored brown matching yellow lights in the evening and glare of sunlight coming from windows in the morning. As I grow older, the fascination was replaced with fear. Perhaps this was because of the scenes from suspense and thriller movies I had seen. It was usually in basements where victims fall prey or are kept as hostage. It created in me a concept that basements are dangerous places.
Basements give me the creeps. The message they send are claustrophobia, limitations, and control. At present, I am dealing with my fear of many things. To have a basement would not be a good idea. 😦