Should You Build a One-Storey or Two-Storey Home?

Should You Build a One-Storey or Two-Storey Home?

When you’re getting ready to design your new dream home, there are several things you should take into consideration before you start. Just one of these things is if you want your custom build to be a one-storey or two-storey home — or more! Here are a few things to think about that may make that decision a little easier. 


Property Size


If you have a vast amount of property to work with, then you have more options for designing your home. A sprawling one-storey home should work out fine. However, if you have a lot of plans for lush landscaping and like the idea of a very large yard, you may want to build up instead of out.


Issues with Stairs


Stairs can be an unwanted hazard in your home. Not only is there a risk of falling, but it can also be tiring to carry laundry or groceries up and down stairs on a regular basis.

If you or one of your family members has mobility issues, you’ll likely want to opt for building a one-storey home to avoid any issues with stairs. Think ahead to the future as well. If you take in an elderly loved one at some point, or you plan to live in your home for a very long time, a one-storey home will likely work better.


Safety & Security Issues


If you love to sleep with your bedroom window open or like having your patio door open to let the breeze in, you’ll probably be better off with a two-storey home. Doors and windows left open on the bottom floor of homes will generally pose more of a security risk than those open on the second floor.

On the other hand, one-storey homes are a lot easier to evacuate than a two-storey home in the case of fire or another disaster.


Building Costs


If you have an unlimited budget, you have all the options available to you. However, if you’re trying to keep costs down when building a home, you’ll probably want to build up instead of out.

Typically, the most expensive parts of building a home are the foundation and the roof, so by building a two-storey home, you’ll likely have a smaller area to build for both. Plus, when plumbing and wiring have to run the length of a one-storey home, those costs are going to add up faster than when running them up and down in a two-storey home.


Privacy Issues


When bedrooms and other rooms are on the first floor, there’s a higher chance people can look into these windows and see what you’re doing. Delivery people, gardeners, other workers, and even invited visitors may surprise you as they walk by a window.


Ceiling Height


If you dream of building a home with high ceilings in some (or all!) rooms, a one-storey home is the way to go. Ceiling heights typically have more restrictions around them with a two-storey home. Plus, you can add a skylight to every room if you want to!


As you can see, there’s no right or wrong answer to this question. It all comes down to your family’s preferences as well as needs and wants. Contact us at Bennefield Construction Ltd. for further information on home design options and our home construction options in Victoria and surrounding areas.