Why Build a One Story Home?

House Plan 7187
House Plan 7187
2,231 Square Foot, 3 Bedroom, 2.0 Bathroom Home

Why build a one story home? Simply put, single level and ranch style home plans have incredible resale value, family-friendly designs, and easily grow with your family and lifestyle! Let’s take a look at the much-sought-after benefits of the single story floor plan – your future self will thank you.

Check out our full collection of One Story House Plans!

Cathedral & Vaulted Ceilings

Tall ceilings add a touch of class to any room. They also allow for additional windows and therefore bring natural light to your space. If you’re considering a one story home, you’ll be happy to know that they can offer high, cathedral, and vaulted ceilings. These aren’t limited to two story designs!

Let your ceilings soar high and check out our collection of Vaulted Ceiling Home Plans. You’ll find that a lot of these houses are only one level!

Ease of Mobility

House Plan 7301
House Plan 7301
2,248 Square Foot, 3 Bedroom, 2.1 Bathroom Home

Single level homes have much friendlier layouts for those with limited mobility than multi level homes do. Whether you’re a person who uses a wheelchair now, or you want to plan ahead for when you might need universal design, a single story home is the way to go! Plus, the growing popularity of open floor plans means that many blueprints are already accessible. No need for any accessibility modifications!

Check out our collection of Accessible Floor Plans!

Future Modifications

House Plan 3417
House Plan 3417
2,483 Square Foot, 3 Bedroom, 2.1 Bathroom Home

Change is inevitable, so ready yourself for an ever-changing family and lifestyle by building a one story home. No matter the home you build, you’ll need to consider load-bearing walls. However, with no second story to consider, wall removal and remodeling is much more affordable in ranch style homes. Plus, you can add skylights much more easily – so let the light shine in!

Family Friendliness

House Plan 3316
1,236 Square Foot, 3 Bedroom, 2.0 Bathroom Home

The market for family friendly homes is astonishing, and the desire for a one story home is equally so. So, whether you have a family to house now, or you’re wisely considering resale value, a one story home is the smart choice. Kid and parent friendly, a single story allows parents to keep an eye on the little ones. Plus, with a split-bedroom design, parents can maintain their much-needed privacy.

Everyday Tasks Made Easy

House Plan 7302
House Plan 7302
2,379 Square Foot, 3 Bedroom, 2.1 Bathroom Home

It’s the small things in life that make each day just a bit better. The fact that ranch style homes have the laundry on the main level is a major bonus. Consider the fact that you’ll never have to lug the vacuum up and down stairs again. How about never hearing your heavy-footed kids overhead? It really does come down to the little things – they make all the difference!

One Story Homes – The Downside

House Plan 3238
House Plan 3238
1,249 Square Foot, 2 Bedroom, 2.0 Bathroom Home

Okay, so nothing’s perfect. Let’s face the facts and note the downsides of building a one story home.

When building a home of any given size, a single story is more costly. Additional roof and foundation costs can’t be avoided, while a larger lot is needed to build upon. Also, if you’re hoping for a view, a two story design is also likely the better option. Plus, there is something to be said about having an obvious separation between living and bedroom spaces.

Looking for more cool tips? Check out this helpful guide – Choosing the Right Home Plan for Your Family.

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Christine has over a decade of experience as a house plan and floor plan expert. Outside of providing her expertise to customers to help them find and build their dream homes, her passion and knowledge of the home building industry allows Christine to guide families and builders through all of the important steps from finding plans to building custom homes that meet the expectations of today’s new home owner. Christine’s years of knowledge of the diverse trends and needs of the modern homeowner has made her into an authoritative and trusted voice in the online house plan community.

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