Owning your own home is something that many people dream about. When you are finally able to purchase your first home you will need to give some serious thought to the needs of you and your family. You want to be sure that you meet those with the home that you buy.
You want your new home to be safe and comfortable for everyone who lives in your home, and this includes any young kids or older members in your family. Many people have found that when they really think about what kind of home would be best for their family that a single story house is actually the safest and most comfortable choice.
Some people may not think that a single story house is as stylish as some of the other two story homes on the market. Why? Well, the truth is that if you have a single story home it will take up more space on your lot since you are building out rather than up. This means that you will have less of a yard, but for some this may be a blessing. Having less yard means that you have to spend less time and money maintaining your yard.
However, having a ranch style home does not mean that you cannot have a beautiful yard. If you are having your home built you will simply want to work with the builder to ensure that your yard design is incorporated into the design and construction of the house. Or if you are purchasing a prebuilt home you will want to be sure that you effectively use the space that you have.
Single story homes may be more problematic with saving energy. With a 2-story home the rooms and spaces are more condensed, so to speak, as opposed to a ranch style home where everything is more spread out. It’s like comparing a cube to a longer, flatter rectangle. The cube has less surface area to volume, so its internal space is more efficient to heat and cool. This is a big generality, though. Other factors like exterior design and materials, as well as insulation and weatherstripping of the home can have a far greater impact on energy savings.
One of the best aspects of a single story house has to be the obvious, there are no stairs! This is perfect for people who have trouble with their legs or knees, but it is also great for people who are growing older. As you get older you never know how your body will react, and not having the hassle of running up and down stairs can be really beneficial.
Lastly, but certainly as important you cannot forget about the general cost of construction. A one story house generally costs less to build in terms of construction costs. Recognize that your roof may cost more because it is going to be wider (covering a slightly larger footprint), but that is really balanced out by the lower cost for the rest of the home. For example, you will not need to have stairs designed and built (well, maybe just to the basement), or a second floor framed out. But, whether you go for a one-story or 2, your cost of construction hinges a lot on quality of finishing materials… everything else being equal.
In the end, if you plan to live in the house you’re planning into your elder years I’d highly recommend sticking with a single story design. It just makes sense.