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One-story vs. two-story house: Which is better?

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06/28/24
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Fact Box

  • Over the last decade, one-story homes have become more common than two-story homes in America. However, Business Insider reports that new developments are much larger and more extravagant than in years past. 
  • The Spruce lists the most common architectural home styles in the United States: Cape Cod, Victorian, Colonial, American Craftsman, and Prairie. 
  • According to the World Record Academy, the tallest home in North America resides in Prescott, Arizona, and stands at 124 feet with 10 stories.  
  • Statista found that the majority of homes in 2021 were single-family houses, specifically 82 million out of 129 million.

Luis (Two-story)

While buying the best type of house is a matter of taste and subjectivity, the truth is that two-story houses are the way to go for anyone taking this step for the first time. After all, two-story homes provide more square footage and space overall (and therefore more property value), considering this type of construction usually has more square footage than one-story houses. This can prove to be very important because the person will have more space for living, storing all their items instead of having to pay for storage outside the home, and will have enough space for entertaining parties or hosting family gatherings.

In addition, two-story houses offer a better view, a crucial aspect of home living, as many people like to have a full view of the property’s surroundings for security or safety matters. For instance, for families with little kids, it’s important to be able to watch over spaces, such as backyards, from higher up. Moreover, the two-story house offers enhanced privacy, considering that bedrooms and living areas are usually located away from the street level. Also, it provides more space for a family wishing to expand or offers more options for separate living spaces, giving each family member their own private space to feel more comfortable.

Finally, two-story houses are usually good for health because those living in them must climb those steps daily, adding a bit of light cardio to their daily activity. Additionally, buying this type of house makes better financial sense as higher square footage usually means higher property value, allowing owners to earn more money when renting or selling their home in the future. People can live wherever they want, but two-story houses are simply the best option.


Mark (One-story)

One-story homes are not only more practical than two-story homes but safer as well. In the event that either elderly residents or children will be in the home, a one-story house negates the need for stairs. Even if neither senior nor younger people will live in the home, stairs are often an accident waiting to happen. One-stories are also more environmentally efficient, as only a single HVAC unit is generally needed. This is also helpful in reducing seasonally induced costs.

Speaking of costs, one-story homes are usually cheaper to rent and/or buy. They also carry a higher resale value when putting the house back on the market, making a one-story house a better long-term investment. One-story houses are also preferable when it comes to noise control. Sound can echo and travel more liberally in a two-story. One-story homes are also more accessible and friendly to people with disabilities or limited mobility. It doesn’t hurt that they are easier to maintain and navigate and less expensive to furnish.

A one-story is also safer and less vulnerable to storms or other weather-related scenarios. House fires, for instance, could pose an even more severe threat in a two-story house. Insurance is likely cheaper for a one-story as well due to the simple factor of the amount of square footage needing coverage. At some point, maintenance on the home will be inevitable, and one-stories are also more cost-friendly in this regard. One-stories are more conducive to any potential renovations or cosmetic alterations. There’s only one conclusion here: life is simply more optimal at ground level.

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