Basement Separate from Rest of House: To build interior access?
With the neighborhood we're moving into, in an urban setting, maybe it's best that the basement is on ground level and can only be accessed from outside (and the main living quarters and floor is upstairs with its own and separate entrances). I just don't know...I was considering a spiral staircase going between the two levels, to be installed in a third/spare room that will be used as an office. But it would take up quite a bit of that office space to insert stairs going down to basement and the planned rec room. Does anyone else have a basement they've finished off or have a rec room in that requires you to go outside into the elements and to another level of your house to gain entry to the main living quarters? Pros and cons please!