When designing your new home and floor plan you might be considering a basement for space and storage. Many people go for a walkout basement for various reasons. I have listed some pros and cons below.
Light - Walkout basements have extra windows and doors thus letting in more natural light, and making the space more inviting.
Space – While a traditional basement adds more space, a great living space might be more up your alley. The walkout basement helps alleviate that underground, dark feel and make your guests and family want to relax down there.
Potential income - If you are looking for a little extra cash, you might consider turning the walkout basement into a separate apartment. The separate entrance will help you keep your privacy.
Cost - One of the main disadvantages of having a walkout basement is the extra cost. To have a walkout you either need to be building on a hill, or have custom excavating to create a slope. Either of these options will cost you more with your contractor in the initial building stage.
Property Tax - Having a walkout basement may increase your property tax,which might affect you in the long run if you are not planning on selling your home.