Long time reader and first time poster here. My husband and I are in the dream stage/early stages of building our home and had a question for the wonderful folks of garden web. We own 2 acres of land in the state of Iowa and the land couldnt be any more flat, so a walkout basement is out of question. So because of this we have no desire in having a dark basement under the whole house it would just be wasted money for us, but on the contrary I want our family to be safe in the event of a tornado. So what I guess I'm getting at is it possible to have just part of the house be a basement and the rest a slab? Thanks so much for those that help me out!