Single-storey versus double storey house?

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Choosing a home design is a little tricky and challenging as it does not only mean just literally choosing.  You need to consider not only your present needs but your future needs, as well.  You are deciding not just for yourself but for your whole family, too.  And one more thing, you need to fit your budget to the kind of house you will choose.  Your lifestyle requirements can be disregarded here if your budget is not enough for the home style that your taste  preferences require.  You should always go for a house that is affordable for you or else you will experience difficulty paying your mortgage and your maintenance soon.

Assuming you already have settled the concern of financing and you are now in the stage of choosing between single-storey or double-storey, so, what would you choose? I hope that your choice would depend not only on your lifestyle but on your family size as well.  If you have a big family, of course, you need a bigger space.

This article may help you decide.  I have listed some guidelines or tips on whether single-storey or double-storey is the right house for you. Here are some of the pros and cons of both house type.

Pros and cons of a double-storey house

One of the advantages of building a double-storey house is the extra space for more living spaces that the family needs.  With more space, you can build more bedrooms, larger living room, enough space for your kitchen and dining, garage, bathrooms, and other areas such as work room, study room, balcony, storage, and wash room. By expanding vertically, you are maximising your new home’s footprint, rather than using up the available space for your yard that is supposed to be for your beautiful landscape and garden.

With a double-storey, you can think of more ways to design your interior because you have enough space to put your furnishings and appliances to.  You have a better view of the outside and you can have a better design of your terrace or balcony.

You can have more privacy in a double-storey.  This can be achieved by putting all your bedrooms in the upper level and locate the living room, kitchen, dining and a common bathroom in the ground level.  In this manner, if you have visitors, you can still be enjoying your own private moments by staying on your bedroom while the guests have a chit-chat or party in the living room or in the veranda.

Even if it is more expensive to build a two-storey home, which is considered a disadvantage by some homebuyers, you can actually counteract your expenses by buying a smaller lot and building a double-storey or even a three-storey home on it.  This way, you have already increased your budget by saving expenses from buying a smaller lot. So, it is still a win-win situation.

Another disadvantage of a double-storey would be the time, effort and  cost of cleaning and maintaining it.  Since you are dealing with a larger space, cleaning would definitely need more time and effort, and budget as well. If this is the case, you must be prepared with it and develop a scheme of cleaning that will save time, effort and money.

Having a bigger space and  more rooms also means there are extra rooms to cool and heat, which means higher electricity bills. Having two-storeys means it is more difficult an more costly to regulate the temperature of the home.

Having those in mind, you should already be ready with your remedies in case you are planning to build a double-storey house.  There are many ways for you to counteract those cons.  You may be required to invest in the beginning but this is all worth it especially if you know how to prioritize your needs.

Pros and cons of a single-storey house

There are many benefits of building a bungalow or a single-storey house.  The first is its cost and practicality, of course! Building a single-storey does not need the foundation that a double-storey requires and this means a lot of savings if you are building a single-storey. You don’t need to spend on 2nd-level flooring, as well, and this is also another saving for you.

It also takes shorter time to build it which means that you will not spend that much to pay for the labor the way you pay the labor to build a double-storey.

Additionally, stairs can be dangerous for small children and older people alike.  So if you have small children and if you are living with your parents or grandparents, a single-storey house is the best option for you.

Having all the living spaces built in just one level allows the family members to have more chance of seeing each other and have more time bonding together compared to when bedrooms are built separately on the first floor and second floor.

It costs lesser to maintain a single-storey home because there is just one level to be cleaned and fixed.  The areas are adjacent to each other allowing easier access and easier mobility.  At least you are not going to carry your cleaning tools upstairs or hire someone to clean it for you.  You can manage to clean a single-storey all by yourself during your day-off or during holidays.

The disadvantage of a single-storey is the limited space it can offer.  You will have to use up all the available space in your lot if you need to expand and you cannot be flexible in designing it having only limited areas to paint or decorate.

Another disadvantage is when the place is flood-prone, a single-storey house does not have a secure place where to move the important stuffs into to save them from being flooded. Likewise, there can be limited rooms to accommodate stuffs and welcome guests as well.

The pros and cons listed above are just my own views from my experiences and from the conversations I had with some people who were willing to share their opinions regarding choosing what type or home design to choose.  The last decision is still yours to take.  Weigh things well and decide whether you need a bungalow over a double-storey or vice versa.

So, I hope I have shared with you some ideas to consider whether you are planning to build a double-storey house or a single-storey.  If you want to see more house designs you can check our other websites listed below.  Just click on the hyperlinks and you will be redirected to them.  You may message us if you need further assistance.  Looking forward to hear from you very soon! If you like this article, please share it with your friends. Come back soon to check our other articles.  Thank you so much!

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