7 Reasons to Opt for a Single-Story Home

Posted April 24th, 2012
by Isabell Davila (no comments)

7 Reasons to Opt for a Single-Story Home

A single-story home, or ranch-style house, has many attractive benefits that distinguish it from the multi-story home. Those looking to move into a new home should consider the pros and cons of both, factoring in their individual situations. Mobility, the presence and absence of children, and cleanliness are just a few of the things that should be taken into account when deciding on the number of stories in a home. Likewise, the overall value of a home should always play a role in a homeowner’s decision to buy or sell a house.

  1. Child and Senior Safety

    The elderly can struggle with staircases, and if you’re looking for a house that will serve as your home for the foreseeable future, you might want to take into account how difficult a second-floor bedroom could eventually be on your arthritic joints. Having an elevator installed later in life is costly, but by having a bit of foresight, you can decide whether it’s worth it to you to have that second story despite the fact that it may present a problem once old age strikes. Likewise, staircases can present a hazard to toddlers who can walk or crawl, but are less than graceful on their feet or hands. Slipping on the staircase can be lethal, and it’s a serious factor to consider. If you must live in a two-story home with a toddler, it is of utmost importance that you invest in a baby gate to partition off the staircase.

  2. Easier Escape

    In the case of fire, a single-story home is easier from which to escape. Should the doorways be unusable because of hot door handles or flames obstructing the exit, one can utilize first floor windows safely without jumping from a dangerous height. This also applies in case of a break-in, when trying to flee from present danger imposed by people or obstacles. In a two-story home, smoke from a fire downstairs will rise to the second floor, which can make it difficult to see or breathe when looking for an exit. In a single-story home, doors can be shut behind you to stem the flow of smoke and fire from entering the part of the house you’re in. Once you’re a safe distance, you can climb out of a window to safety.

  3. Heating and Cooling

    While having a two-story home in the winter may be nice as heat rises, cooling the second story of a home during the summer can take quite a bit longer than cooling a ranch-style home. In a two-story house, you may have to compensate for the heat by knocking the thermostat down lower than you would in a one-story house. This may prove frustrating when you’ll likely sleep upstairs, and sleeping in the heat can be tricky. Your bills could be costly in your attempt to cool down the second floor. Some two-story homes even require a second heating and cooling system for the second floor, since it is so difficult to keep the house at a reasonable temperature. A one-story house is heated and cooled down evenly, keeping the thermostat at a moderate temperature.

  4. You’re Lazy

    If the idea of climbing up and down the stairs throughout the day makes you squirm, opt for the single-story home. Most people keep the bedrooms and a bathroom or two on the second story, which means that all of the major necessities are downstairs. You will have to descend the staircase anytime you want to cook a meal or enter the kitchen. Laundry will have to be lugged up and down the stairs from the bedroom to the laundry room, unless you have a laundry chute built in. When cleaning, carrying a heavy vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs can be exhausting.

  5. Sound Travels

    In a two-story home, the rooms directly above or below another are subject to whatever noisiness travels between the floors. For example, if someone is watching the television downstairs while someone tries to sleep in the bedroom directly above, the sound may make it difficult for the person upstairs to get a good night’s rest. A ranch-style home allows for more privacy by spreading out the rooms to allow less traveling noise. While you may hear a distant television blaring a few rooms away, sound doesn’t travel as well horizontally throughout the floor, and will mostly disperse before it causes too much disturbance to others in the home.

  6. Cleaning Is Easier

    In a two-story home, dust can gather in odd nooks and crannies, making your job more difficult when it comes to cleaning. There are more out-of-reach spots in a two-story home, and if they’re truly a pain to access, odds are that you won’t clean them very often. Thus, a single-story home is not only easier to clean, but will also generally be cleaner, since it requires less effort. In a one-story home, you will be able to see the entire area that needs cleaning and access it readily. Aside from high ceilings, there isn’t much impeding you from cleaning every inch of a one-story home so that it shines spotless.

  7. Better for Selling

    While it may cost more to build a single-story home, they also sell for more. You should always keep resale value in mind when buying a house, even if you don’t intend on selling it. Circumstances can always change. People have children and may need more space, people have to relocate for work, and people get divorced. In the event of such a change, you may put your one-story house on the market for a higher listing price than the two-story homes in your neighborhood. The difference in the amount you make off of selling your house in the end may be more than noteworthy. It could help supply the funds needed to move into a new home.

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