How many stories do you need?

Here are many things to consider when buying a home, one of those things may be if a one-story or two-story home is the best fit for your family. The number of floors your home has can affect many things, including look, cost of maintaining, and functionality.

One-Story Home
Extremely popular in the 1970s, there has been a resurgence in demand for ranch-style homes. In addition to ranches, there are other single-level house floorplans available. Check out the characteristics that make a one-story home a good—or not so good—choice for your family.
  • No steps to navigate. Helpful with toddlers, for people with disabilities or older individuals.
  • Consistent room temperatures throughout the home (because heat rises, especially in vaulted ceilings of two-story houses).
  • Safer maintenance (windows, gutters, shingle replacement, are easier to reach).
  • No clomping and stomping noise from second-story rooms.
  • Higher cost-per-foot because a larger foundation and roof are needed.
  • Smaller yard (due to the sprawling home layout).
  • If you want a larger yard, you’ll need larger plot of land, which costs more.
  • Expensive to add on to the property if that becomes necessary (or desirable).
Two-Story Home
When considering a two-story house, you’ll quickly realize that there are many different styles to choose from including farmhouse, modern, traditional, Tudor, cottage and craftsman. Although each two-story floorplan has unique benefits and drawbacks, most of them share similar attributes.
  • Ability for people to have their own space without being concentrated on the same level.
  • Lower cost-per-foot (unless it’s a unique design with vaulted ceilings and/or an unusual floorplan).
  • When putting a two-story home on the same size lot as a ranch, the yard will be larger.
  • More difficult exterior maintenance due to the height of gutters, second-story windows and roof.
  • Increased costs if you hire someone to handle upper-level maintenance and repairs.
  • Risk of falls down the steps or increased knee and hip pain when ascending and descending.
  • Expensive to make home accessible if a family member becomes disabled or you want to retire in this home.
When it comes right down to it, these points and counterpoints are only a starting point for your journey to find the home that meets your needs and just feels right. Ultimately it’s less about one-story versus two-story… and more about the stories you’ll make and cherish in your new home!
- Nov 27, 2018