I do think I want a one-story house. But. The area we’re seeking has many more two-stories for sale and I wonder if I’m limiting myself too much by focusing on a one-story. Of what’s on the market right now in my price range and bedroom/sq. footage requirements, 20-25% are one-story.
So let’s talk about this.
Why I want a one-story house:
- I’m lazy. Won’t have to climb up and down the stairs for laundry, bringing things up and down, or worry about the kids falling up or down the stairs. Or myself falling. I’m not the most graceful creature.
- A one-story house is probably easier to get out of in case of fire. I guess you could get those fire ladders to keep by windows on the second floor.
- I would like a second living area in our house to serve basically as a play room. I prefer to have the kids playing in the living areas of the house rather than in the bedrooms for the most part so I can keep a better eye on them at this age. The second living area MUST be on the main floor of the house for that reason, so if I go for a two-story, I’d just want bedrooms upstairs.
Pros of two-story houses:
- You can often get a lot more square footage for the money here. Smaller footprint, too, so there will seem to be more yard space. Also, smaller roof than a same-sized one-story would have, so that would be cheaper to replace.
- Maybe having bedrooms upstairs would help the kids nap without being bothered by household noises during the day?
What am I missing? Is it cheaper to heat and cool one type of house over another? What are your preferences? I’m curious for what other people think in part for resale value.
I think if I went with a two-story, I’d need all the bedrooms to be upstairs. Maybe another bedroom could be on the first floor for guests or something, but I’d want 3 upstairs, including a master suite.
Should I consider two-story options if it otherwise fits what I’m seeking, or might I regret it and grumble about the stairs every time I climb them? Are two-story houses better when the kids get older?