Should I Build a Single Storey or Double Storey Home?

When building a new home, there is so much to consider! One of the major, and the first, steps is determining whether you will build a single or double storey home.

There are many great reasons for both options, and we’ve done the work for you! Read on to find out which will be the best choice for you and your family.

Single Storey Homes

There are many advantages of a single storey home. One of the main benefits is that everything is located on the one floor, and rooms can feel more spacious and easier to move throughout.
Additionally, single storey homeowners often find their homes are safer for children and pets, and easier to clean, without any staircases to navigate.

However, depending on the size of your block, you may not be able to fit in as many square metres as you’d like within the limitations of a single storey. This is particularly noteworthy in metropolitan areas. You may also miss out on potetial views of the area you’re living in. Some people often find that noise travels easier in single storey homes, both from outside and within the house, with living areas and bedrooms on the same level.

Double Storey Homes

If you think a double storey home is more your style, you’ll be able to enjoy more space, as well as better views from the top level.

If you’re limited on block size, building up rather than out is a great way to ensure you capture all the living areas, bathrooms, and bedrooms you’re after, without any compromise.

Double storey homes also offer the opportunity for balcony areas, increasing your home’s outdoor spaces. Double storey homeowners also enjoy the ability to ‘zone’ the home into sleeping and living areas by locating bedrooms upstairs and main living and dining areas downstairs.

There are a few things to consider with double storey homes, the main one being accessibility. If you plan on staying in your home into your twilight years, or if you have family members with access needs, a traditional staircase can be limiting. If you wish, we can work with you to include provisions for a lift increased accessibility.

The type of staircase you choose is important too. While floating staircases make a stunning design statement, they can be a potential hazard for children and pets.

Considering the location of specific rooms in your home to suit your ultimate lifestyle is best done in the planning stage. This ensures your dream home gives you everything you need. For example, a laundry chute might be something you want to include to keep your double storey house tidy!

If budget is a key consideration keep in mind double storey homes can cost more to build due to more detailed planning requirements, as well as the inclusion of a staircase.

Whether you choose to build a single or double storey home ultimately comes down to your lifestyle, family, location, lifestyle preferences, and budget. Keep in mind your home’s future plans, as well as any council restrictions, and you’ll be on your way to making an informed decision for your dream home.

Need some more guidance? Chat with the friendly team at Dulger Homes today to start your building journey.

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