How do you decide between a single story home and a two story home? Most of the time when a buyer envisions their new home they already have in mind the type of home they want. What factors come in to that? What if you don’t have a preference between a single story or a two story home? Here are some pros and cons to help you get a more comprehensive understanding of what each house type can offer you.
It is important to consider these questions, provided by Schumacher homes, to assess your priorities as you read what each house style has to offer:
- How long do you plan on living in your home? If this is a forever home, climbing up and down stairs as you get older is something to think about.
- How many people will be living in the home and how old are they?
- What is your budget?
- What is the size of the property and what type of landscaping is used?
Single Story Homes
Schumacher homes highlights some positives of buying a single story home. When it comes down to the money, single story homes could be more economically efficient because only one HVAC unit is needed for the home and they also have a tendency to stay cooler. Single story homes offer the possibility of high ceilings and this also means its quieter because there are no noises coming from upstairs. Single story homes utilize the full square footage because there is no wasted space due to stairs and extra HVAC units. Accessibility is probably the biggest factor to consider when deciding between the two options. A single story home will be easier for wheelchair accessibility, young children, older residents, and even pets. You also have to consider whether you’re planning on growing old in your home because stairs will become harder to climb over time. Maintenance may be easier in a single story home simply because things are easier to reach. A very important advantage to single story homes is that they are easier to evacuate if there is an emergency.
One story homes are actually more costly than two story homes because there is a larger footprint. Single story homes require more foundation building and more roofing material, so overall single story homes have higher construction costs. One story homes may not have enough room for larger families because there is limited space to build out. Single floor living also means less privacy because the entire living space is at eye level. Lastly, some argue that two story homes are in higher demand therefore making the resale value of a single story home lower.
Two Story Homes
Bensonwood offers a comprehensive list of the advantages and disadvantages of both home styles. Here are their highlighted pros for two story homes: the construction cost will be cheaper for a two story home because it uses less of the more expensive material that goes into home construction. There will also be less roofing area to maintain. They are also fuel and cost efficient because your utilities don’t have to travel far when the homes is stacked on top of itself, meaning plumbing and wiring are shorter. Two story homes also means more seclusion and privacy, the rooms on the second floor will be above eye level and will give some separation to the living areas of the home. Design wise there will be more versatility because there are more attachment points for connectors, porches, and bump-outs.
The disadvantages of having a two story home are limited ceiling height options. With two story homes they generally have lower ceilings compared to single story homes. This also limits the ability to put in a skylight. The stairway of a two story home adds cost to the home and takes up living space. The stairs can also cause accidents for children, pets, and the elderly. This is also something to keep in mind if you are planning to grow older in to your home. If you are planning on building your home, keep in mind that two story homes will take longer to build because of the floors and staircase.
Whatever style home you decide to get will be entirely up to your preferences and priorities at the time of your transaction. Knowing the downfalls and the perks of each type of home will give you a higher chance of not making any regrets when it comes to your home. Pick the type of home that works best for you, those living with you, and fits your lifestyle now and in the future.
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