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New Home Construction: Deciding Whether to Build Up or Build Out


Building a house requires you to invest a considerable amount of money. This is why it’s important that you take the time to consider the design as well as the features you want to have in your own house.

Affordable ranch house plan

This stunning one-story House Plan 5086 is compact yet functional, with an attached garage and 1,528 square feet of living space.

One of the considerations you need to make when it comes to choosing a design is whether to build a single-story or two-story house. Which one will suit your needs best? This is the most crucial question you need to ask yourself to determine which option to choose. However, the answer will depend on a large number of factors.

two-story craftsman house plan

This gorgeous two-level House Plan 2325 allows you to make use of the garden area for outdoor living.

Things to consider


Many people might immediately think that building a two-story house would be more expensive than a single-story. This may not always be the case. Deciding on building a two-level home allows you to build your dream home on a smaller lot, which can be more affordable. A two-story design allows you to add considerable square footage to your home without the additional costs of roofing and foundation. Choosing to go with a single-story home can mean that you’ll need a considerably sized lot if you are planning to build a large home. Consider how much money you have in the bank and how much you are willing to borrow when deciding which floor plan to go for.

small ranch kitchen floor plan

affordable floor plan

This small affordable ranch house plan offers an open floor plan and functional kitchen with access to the covered patio.


When deciding on the design of your future home, you’ll need to take note of the rooms and features you want included. If you were anticipating living with your elderly parents or in-laws, a single-level home without stairs would be more functional for the whole family. Having all rooms on the same floor also means gives everyone easy access to everything. If you want more flexibility, a two-level home would be perfect. Consider having the master bedroom on the first floor planning on spending your golden years in the same house. Extra bedrooms and flexible space on the second floor will give everyone some privacy.

Accessing Your Family’s Needs

Your lifestyle should be one of the considerations you need to make when choosing between a single-story or two-story house plan. This also includes the size of your family as well as your children’s ages. For example, families with small kids usually want to have their bedrooms and bathrooms in one area of the house, while those with teenagers want to have separate rooms.

If your family likes to entertain, a single level home with a wide foyer leading to open living space would be perfect.

To recap, here are the advantages and disadvantages of two-story and single-story homes:


  1. Great for people with small children.
  2. Perfect for aging couples or families living with older in-laws where stairs can be challenging.
  3. An open floor plan provides easy access to all rooms.
  4. A one-story home has high resale value.


  1. You can easily double or triple your square footage with a second level and basement floor plan.
  2. Allows you to separate living and sleeping areas.
  3. Is great for building in urban areas or waterfront areas where narrow lots are plentiful.










Three Smaller Luxury House Plans


A luxury house plan doesn’t have to be a mansion. While they are typically large and expansive you can find lots of moderate sized house plans in our luxury house plan collection. In fact, recent trend in the housing industry is to design smaller house plans with luxurious upgrades and details. While our collection of luxury house plans come in a variety of exterior styles one thing they have in common is that they all have over 3,000 square feet of living space. Here are some smaller house plans in our collection that maintain luxury and elegance.

Westover house plan

The Westover house plan is a cut above average.

With luxurious details you will swear this house plan stepped off the pages of an architectural magazine.  Showcasing rooms with fresh, new, interior design, the Westover house plan gives you innovation and classic elegance.  Not only does it offer amenities like a master bedroom with direct access to the wet bar and study, but purchasing this house plan also gives you two different upstairs layouts and an optional basement. A completely customizable house plan, the Westover gives you luxury and customization all in one.

Clearfield House Plan

Have a sloped lot? You will find that the Clearfield house plan is perfect for those a hillside design

What do you get when you combine Craftsman style with hillside design? The Clearfield house plan, of course. This stunning design perfectly fits a sloped lot and gives you lots of style. On the home’s exterior horizontal lap siding with stone and cedar shingle accents decorate the exterior while a cover porch introduces the front entry.

This house plan also features lots of luxurious amenities. The office features built-ins and corner windows for ambient light while the fireplace, media center, and window seat offer a cozy place to read or relax. The dining room has a recessed area for a hutch and double French doors that open up onto a wide deck. Other luxurious amenities like a laundry room, mudroom, a wet bar, and a wine cellar round out the luxurious amenities making this home extremely desirable to modern homebuyers.

Aspen Creek House Plan

The Aspen Creek house plan is a stunning one-story plan you will be proud to call your home.

Walk into the Aspen Creek house plan and you will find a luxurious foyer flanked by a cozy study and with coffered ceilings and built-ins. On the other side of the foyer is a guest bedroom with a full bath and walk-in closet.  Two family bedrooms have direct bath access and walk-in closets in close proximity to the one- and two-car garages.  A cooking patio is towards the rear of the house with game room just steps away, perfect for entertaining guests.

The main living area includes a family room, kitchen, and keeping room creating an open floor plan separated only by the breakfast bar. With two corner fireplaces located in the family room you are sure to find yourselves cozy on cold winter nights. In contrast, several windows allow for well sunlit rooms and gorgeous views to the outdoor lounge and cooking area, making this home ideal for all seasons.

The elegant master suite caps off this house plan on the left side of the home, featuring a luxurious bathroom with his and hers vanities, a separate shower, corner garden tub, and a generous wardrobe area.  This house plan also has private entrances that lead from the master suite to the study and the outdoor lounge. A utility room completes this luxury floor plan.

Whether you are looking for a sprawling estate of a small house plan with luxuries built in, you are sure to find something that suits your fancy in The House Designer’s luxury house plan collection.

Three Faces of Ranch House Plans


One of the commercials I remember from childhood involves a Realtor driving a couple around a neighborhood and showing them ranch after ranch house plan even after the couple says, “Didn’t we say ‘No ranches?’” I can’t even remember the company or the point of that commercial but that one line got into my head and stayed with me. I grew up with this idea that ranch house plans were undesirable, so imagine my surprise to find out that ranch house plans are the most popular choice for house plans.

Ranch house plans share one simple attribute: they are house plans with one-story living.  Aside from that, ranch house plans can be as diverse in floor plan and exterior design as you want.  Whether you are looking for a small retirement cottage or a luxurious Mediterranean villa there is a ranch house plan for you.

ranch house plan

As an example of the exterior styles you can find, homes like the Park Place house plan have a modern exterior while the interior encourages occupants to lead an efficient lifestyle.

Say, you want something a little more modern for your exterior style. Homes like The Park Place house plan give you that modern and contemporary styling while still giving you the efficiency of single-story living.  The Park Place house plan has plenty of amenities embedded into the design that allow you to live efficiently and practically.  A welcoming foyer houses lots of storage space for coats and shoes and minimizes the dust and dirt tracked into the house.  The home office is directly accessible from the foyer, allowing business and pleasure to be co-located but still remain separate when needed. The office can also serve as a flexible space, easily becoming a guest room or additional bedroom.

ranch house plan

Craftsman house plans like the Aspen Creek pack a lot of punch into a single-story.

If you need a home that is somewhat larger you can look at homes like the Aspen Creek house plan.  Not only does it have ample space for four bedrooms and four bathrooms but it also has amenities like a cozy study, game room, and cooking patio.  This house plan’s central zone is the main living area where you will find a family room, keeping room, and living room that are separated only by a breakfast bar.  You can also enjoy the view outside from large windows while you keep cozy with two corner fireplaces in the living room and keeping room.

ranch house plan

Homes like the Lado del Rio house plan embrace the storybook cottage aesthetic while still giving you the advantages of a single story home.

If you are looking for something that feels a little bit more like a cottage, then house plans like the Lado del Rio will be just your cup of tea. The Lado del Rio offers wide open planning and lots of room to grow. The spacious front porch is inviting and cozy and a large rear porch creates the perfect space for outdoor entertaining.  With extra luxuries in the master suite like a walk-in shower and large walk-in closet you will find that this home has everything you could possibly want, all in one story.

This is a small sample of the various exterior styles you will find when looking into a single-story floor plan. If you want to keep browsing you can take a look at the large ranch house plan collection from The House Designers.

Featured House Plans: One-Story Plans

Silverwood House Plan

The Silverwood House Plan features an expansive vaulted great room, octagonal nook and open gourmet island kitchen that are perfect for today’s informal gatherings. View over 2,000 best-selling one-story house plans from The House Designers.


Today’s one-story house plans go well beyond the traditional ranch home. Architects and designers are taking the single story house plans to a whole new level by incorporating a variety of innovative and unique shapes and sizes to meet the needs, budget and lifestyle of future new home builders.

Consumers and builders can expect to find energy-efficient floor plans featuring flexible rooms, open kitchen, living and dining areas, extended outdoor living spaces, tons of amenities and simple, yet elegant exterior features to reflect various architectural styles.

Many single story house plans offer the ability to have a finished basement to extend the home’s living space. Basements offer the ideal place to create a game room, entertainment or media space to kick back and have some fun.

You can easily expand your one-story living to the outdoors with a large deck, sunroom or patio. Many are designed with complete outdoor living spaces, including an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and a pool/spa area.

Because they are one-story and do not have staircases, they are a great design for first-time homeowners who have small children, people with mobility issues and anyone who wants to save money on maintenance and utilities.

And if you need make changes down the road, having an open, flexible floor plan will make that an easy and affordable remodel.

View an extensive collection of one-story house plans at, featuring a wide variety of size, styles and gorgeous interior photography to inspire the designer in all of us.

Wonderful Ranch for One-Story Living


Don’t be fooled by the single-story nature of a ranch house plans. Our ranch house plans are available in a wide range of square footage options, floor plans, features, architectural styles and benefits. Their efficient use of space gives you as much flexible space and as many bedrooms as a two-story house plan, but a price point that makes it more affordable to construct.

One of our featured ranch house plans in this week’s issue of Dream Designs is the Shenandoah House Plan. The one-story home features a French country design with a covered entranceway that leads into an open living area with graceful columns outlining the living and dining room. The private master suite occupies the left wing of the home and features a bay window, vaulted ceiling and two walk-in closets. There are two additional suites on the right wing that share a large bath. The kitchen area is open and features a breakfast room overlooking the back deck. And for plenty of extra storage space there’s an attached three-car garage. Enjoy browsing our extensive collection of ranch house plans.

Get Creative With Kitchen Cabinetry


Today, homes are being designed with open floor plans rather than small individual rooms. You’ll find that cabinetry design is embracing this new trend to create large open living areas by creating cabinetry that has the look of furniture. With more space to be creative, cabinets don’t have to be pushed to the room’s perimeter but can become part of furniture groupings that are a key component to the overall design, functionality and décor of the living space.

This week’s issue of Home Ideas is all about cabinetry – “Cabinets Key Ingredient In Kitchen Design,” “Options For Kitchen Cabinetry” and “Consumers Crave Functionality.” Get inspired our collection of Fabulous Kitchen Floor Plans, which include everything from small beach cottages to sprawling one-story house plans featuring a professional kitchen design.

Open Floor Plan

Open Floor Plan

Homes Designed for Baby Boomers


While many baby boomers are looking to down-size and prepare for retirement, most are just interested in finding the right-sized home so they can enjoy easy and economical living without sacrificing their needs and changing their lifestyle. For some, that may mean a small house plan with a large outdoor living space and open floor plan so they can still entertain and have room for the grandkids. For most, it means a home with lots of flexible spaces to accommodate overnight guests, a home office, entertainment/media room, and craft and hobby room.

One thing most home plans have in common for boomers are they are one-story or ranch house plans, have a large master suite, flexible living spaces and bonus rooms. You can enjoy browsing through our collection of small house plans, open floor plans, empty nester, one-story house plans and bonus room house plans.

Enjoy reading our latest issue of Home Ideas featuring three articles about aging in place – Homes Designed for All Ages, Designed With Baby Boomers In Mindand
Top Tips for a Healthier Home.

Retired Couple Finds Perfect Floor Plan


A couple headed towards retirement contacted me a few weeks ago. They were looking to downsize from their current home of 3,000 sq. ft. and wanted a one-story floor plan. It was important that they still have enough living space for their children and grandchildren to stay and visit. After searching through several of our house plans, I came up with the Jasper. Just shy of 1,500 sq. ft. this three bedroom, split-floor plan seemed ideal! With its decorative and vaulted ceilings, it gives the illusion of much more space.

My customers loved the open floor plan and thought the breakfast room would be perfect to serve up a big brunch when the grandchildren came to visit. The split floor plan also allows them to enjoy their own space and privacy. I sold them the plan, and asked them to please send pictures when the construction of their new home was completed!

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