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Single vs Two-Story HomesThe process of designing and building a custom home can be fun and exciting, but it can also come with many decisions without a readily apparent answer. One of the many decisions you will have to make early on in the process is whether you would like to go with a single-story home or opt for two or more.

There are pros and cons to both, so let us help you decide which option is right for you and your family. Keep on reading to learn the different advantages of single and multiple-story homes.

Typically, homes that have more than one floor are more economical because they fit more rooms in a smaller area. The tighter the floorplan, the less distance plumbing, and electrical wiring needs to travel. Additionally, homes with two or more floors need a smaller foundation and less roof space. Rooms on the second floor don’t need a foundation, while at the same time, rooms on the first floor don’t need roofing. All of this saved space results in less money spent; however, multi-story homes generally need a second HVAC unit in order to provide heating and air to the upstairs rooms. The number can be different for everyone so you will have to figure out if the savings from condensed space offsets the expense of a second HVAC unit.

There are more than just cost and economical differences between single and multi-story homes. Here is a quick breakdown of some important things to consider when making your decision.

Single Story Homes

Single story homes are excellent options for families with small children or elderly individuals who would like to avoid the hassle of going up and down stairs every day. One floor is convenient and easy to navigate making it the best option for those who may have difficulty moving around. In addition, if there is an emergency, single story homes are much easier to evacuate if the need arises.

If you enjoy vaulted ceilings and skylights, constructing a single-story home gives you many more options for this. Without the need to consider a second floor, you can customize your ceilings however you choose.

Finally, if you ever decide to resell your home, houses with only one story are much easier to sell than multi-story homes.

Multi-Story Homes

If you have a growing family that needs a lot of space, multi-story homes allow you to add more rooms without taking up yard space. That means more space in your back yard to grill, play sports or put in a pool. A second or even third floor also offers nicer views out your windows.

As mentioned earlier, multi-story homes require smaller foundations and need less roof space than single-story houses and save money on plumbing and electrical wiring installation. If you’re able to avoid putting in a second HVAC unit, a two-story home is much more energy efficient than a single floor home.

There are definite advantages that each style of home has but the most important thing to consider when making your decision is what you really want. You’ll be living in your custom home for quite some time, so make sure whatever your choice, it’s one you’ll love for a long time.

If you’re on the fence about building a custom home in Greenville, SC, and surrounding cities, let us answer any questions you might have. We can help you decide what the best option is for you and make your custom home dream a reality! Just contact us online or give us a call today.

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