Single or double storey home: which is right for you?

There are a range of things to consider when choosing between building a single or double storey home. Both options have their pros and cons, so here are some points to help you decide whether a single storey or double storey home is right for you

Some people just love a single storey home and wouldn’t live any other way. Others are happy in a two storey home and think nothing of the stairs. It really does come down to personal preference.

Single Storey

Safe as houses: For families and the elderly, a single storey home can be a safer option as you don’t have to worry about the potential dangers that come with stairs. Families often say it is easier to keep an eye on the kids in a one-storey home. When considering a single storey build it is also important to remember that even if you are nowhere near old age, if your home is the one you expect to be living in well past retirement age, it is better to choose a single storey home.

Energy saver: It is often cheaper to heat and cool a single storey home, as opposed to a double storey. Two-storey homes often have a wider temperature variation between levels.

Quiet: It can be difficult to keep a two-storey home quiet with the noise of people moving around upstairs. By contrast, a one-storey home can be much more peaceful.

Double Storey

Big home, small block: Building upwards is becoming more popular as land becomes more expensive and blocks become smaller, especially closer to cities. A second storey can allow you to have a spacious home on a small block without having to compromise on a smaller backyard. In fact, although building costs are usually around 10-15 per cent higher for a two-storey home, the cost can still work out cheaper when you spend less on the block.

Perfect view: If your prospective property has a great aspect, you can take full advantage of this by building up. Often you can also capitalise on the view even further by designing your two-storey home around it, by including your living areas upstairs where the outlook is better.

Secluded retreat: A two-storey build can be helpful for creating separate areas of the home, particularly for families with older children who might want privacy. A layout with seclusion in mind can also be helpful if elderly relatives need to move in later.

Appearance: What you prefer is a matter of personal opinion. Some people prefer the sprawling look of a single-storey home while others prefer the grand appearance of a two-storey build. But in the end, its entirely your decision.

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