Originally Posted by Tony
I would bet that 99.9% of all "new" homes built in a large subdivision over the past 30 years never had a finished or partially finished basement. I doubt it's even an option at the time of purchase from the builder. This would mean any finished basements you see were likely done by the owner (possibly with a contractor).
You'd probably lose that bet. Most new semi-detached and townhomes sold in Ottawa today do come with a finished basement and this has been the case for the last number of years.
You're right that most new single homes do not come with finished basements but builders certainly do offer it as an option.