Should I Buy a One Story Home or Two Story Home

There is no right or wrong answer to this question.  It is simply a matter of what will work best for you and for your family.  I’ve built homes for families that just love the single story home because their kids are young and they say they like being able to keep a closer eye knowing they are just down hall, a few feet from the mater bedroom.  On the other hand, I have also heard from homeowners that they prefer a two story home because their kids are a bit older and it offers a bit more privacy for the parents and children.

What are the pro’s and con’s of buying a one story house vs a two story house?

Two-story homes often have twice as much square footage under one roof as a single story home. Therefore, a two story home can be less expensive to build if all other features and options of the one-story vs the two-story homes are similar.  This is assuming that this is a standard home with little upgrades. For the same size house you do not take up as much land yet you can still have the exact same size back and side yards or sometimes more.  This can sometimes result in cost savings and is one of the favorites among track builders.  For the most part, roofing, foundation (concrete), site work, and attic insulation are cut in half.  Some will buy a two story house based on this value alone.  Privacy is also a factor as it allows you to put the kids to bed and get some peace and quiet while you are finishing up that big project for work the next day.  Or if you have guests or family stay overnight, they have the upstairs to themselves while you occupy the downstairs.

Split Floor Plan San Antonio

Split Floor Plan Example

One story homes can often be easier to sell to  the elderly because as we get older, it gets more and more difficult to climb stairs.  When Rhino Design Build designs a new house for a client, a split floor plan is often a topic of discussion and consideration for a single story home.  A split floor plan simply  means that the master bedroom and children’s bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house.  Don’t get the term split level house confused with a split floor plan.  A split level house usually means there are a set of stairs as soon as you walk into the house; one set of stairs leads up into the main living area and the second set of stairs leads down to a basement or the bedrooms.  Having a split level floor plan can also work great when you have overnight guests or family members staying over.  They can occupy one side of the home and you get the other side. We have also designed floor plans that incorporate a mother in law suite or a guest house for these very reasons.  Planning ahead goes a long way when designing a house.  Danny Garcia, Owner of Rhino Design Build in San Antonio, Texas.

The bottom line when buying a home is that you want a floor plan that works well for your family and your pocket book.  One story homes are not for everyone just like two story homes aren’t for everyone.  I would advise talking to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and get their advice.  Make a list of the pro’s and con’s after you heard all of their opinion’s.  Sit down with your family and talk about it.  After all, you will have to literally live with your decision,  so make sure you do your due diligence.


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