When deciding on whether to build a one-story or two-story home, personal feelings aside, it really comes down to each unique situation. That’s because each style of home has something different to offer, and there are some fundamental differences.
- Construction cost per square foot is lower with a two-story construction because there’s a larger amount of square footage on basically the same sized foundation as a single-story home.
- Full two-story homes can be more energy efficient with a seamless roof and fewer exposed walls
- Single-story homes give you more livable square footage since space isn’t wasted on staircases
- Single-story homes give you more options for varying ceiling heights and skylights.
- Single-story homes require fewer bathrooms and provide easier access for younger and older families.
So how do you decide what’s right for you? Quite often the answer lies in the footprint you’re building on. Is the plot of land relatively small or is there a restricted view? A two-story home will give you more space inside, while taking up less land outside, and providing more expansive views. Do you have a large plot of land or live in an area with building height restrictions? Then a single-story home might be the right answer for you.
The bottom line is to think about where you are now in life and where you’d like to be in 10 or 20 years, and make decisions based on those long-term plans. They give you a good foundation for deciding on which style of home is right for you.