When you are looking to buy or build a home, you may be looking for a two- or three-story home. One-story homes are often overlooked, however, recently, they started growing increasingly popular. In today’s economy, one-story homes are much more affordable to build and maintain their value. One-story homes are also less expensive to buy even when it is a seller’s market.
Heating and Cooling Costs
You cannot judge any story home based on its outside appearance. If you are purchasing a pre-owned home, your realtor will advise you to inspect each home system. Two- and three-story homes require powerful HVAC systems. In some cases, they require two HVAC systems. A professional will inspect the systems to determine if they are in good working order.
Powerful HVAC systems increase heating and cooling costs significantly. Single storey homes are less expensive to heat and cool. A single HVAC system can be used to heat and cool a single-storey home. You will not waste space with secondary HVAC systems.
Single-storey home floor plans are well designed and make better use of the square footage than most two- and three-story homes. Often, you will find the open designs make a one story home feel larger. Architects incorporate high ceilings, creating a luxurious atmosphere.
If you are building a new home, you can look through a wide range of floor plans that best fits your family. Pre-designed floor plans include one, two, three, and four bedrooms in the same square footage. Designers are careful to include storage space in their layouts as they understand you may not have a basement or attic space.
Children and the Aging Population
If you live with an aging loved one, one-story homes are a much better option. One-story homes do not require your aging loved one to go up or down the stairs. You should also consider how you will age in the next 20 years. Buying a one-story home prepares you for when you age. You will not have to worry about selling your home or installing a stairlift. You will be prepared and comfortable in the home you love.
Stairs also pose a safety threat for young children. Young children can easily fall down a flight of stairs.
You do not need to buy a two-story home to buy a two- or three-bedroom home. One-story homes have enough space for you and your growing family.