NWR: Does any Bee live in a tri-level home?

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 3
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I do, we bought it a few weeks ago. Dont have children but am 38 weeks pregnant so will do soon! Stairs are killing me currently but wont once im pregnant im sure!

Ground floor-kitchen and living/dining room.tiny garden

First floor- 3 bedrooms and bathroom

Top floor- tv room and big terrace 

Post # 4
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our condo is on the second and third floors of a renovated rowhouse.  We don’t have kids, but we do have a dog so we’re in and out quite a lot.  I think the main thing to think about is the layout.  If you have living space on the first floor that will make getting in and out with kids, stroller, groceries, and other stuff a lot easier.  Also think about where the washer and dryer are and if you will need to schlep laundry up and down.  Ours are on the same level as our bedroom and I love it!


Good luck 🙂

Post # 5
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I do! We have:

  • Basement with laundry, extra bathroom and storage
  • First floor with living room, dining room and kitchen
  • Second floor with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom

I don’t really mind the stairs. The laundry is a pain but it’s manageable. But it would be really nice to have a half bath on the living level. 

Post # 6
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We have a 3-floor townhome, but our child is 10 so a different situation than with two small kids.

I actually don’t mind the stairs much because I count it as a little exercise 😉 Ours is set up so we walk in to the main floor, with the kitchen, dining room, living room, and half bath. The second floor has my daughter’s room, our office, a full bath, and the laundry. The third floor is the master bedroom and master bath, plus a very large storage area. We like it because we have our own floor that’s just our private space, and we have enough space in the rest of the house that our daughter can play and do things and we can get work done (either work-work or housework) without everyone getting in each other’s way.

Post # 7
11604 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We do, but no kids yet.  The stairs don’t bother me, but like a PP said, doing laundry can sometimes be annoying with climbing all the stairs and a big laundry basket!  I love having the space because DH can have noisy friends over and I don’t have to hear them!

Post # 9
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We don’t have kids yet buuut we have:

  • Basement with laundry, office (incorrect window for a bedroom), bathroom, and just general storage.

  • First floor with front room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath.

  • Top floor with 2 bedrooms and bathroom.

I don’t really mind the stairs too much except laundry day.

Post # 10
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have a tri-level apartment. Basement has an extra room and storage, first floor has kitchen, living room and kiddo’s room and third floor has our bedroom and office. It was really hard for me to agree to have kiddo on another floor. But, we are okay with it now. We have a babygate around the spiral staircase to the third floor. It is really annoying to have to go downstairs to deal with kiddo if she wakes up in the night. But, because she is 2 now it isn’t very often. When we move I will definitley want her on the same floor. But, we have a weird layout in the house so a more traditional stairway might not be so bad. 

Post # 11
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@LuvMySailor:  I think with baby gates you’d be fine, but you’d be doing a lot of climbing over them/unlatching them while holding onto one or both kids. We lived in a three level house (basement, main floor, and upper floor) when my daughter was a baby and didn’t have any issues. If you’re planning to have another child, I’d think about installing those gates that unlatch and swing rather than the ones that just fit into the space as you’d have an easier time.

As you can see, most people find the laundry issue annoying when it’s far from the bedrooms, so I’d think as well about where the laundry is relative to your kids’ rooms, given that most of your household laundry is probably theirs.

Cutting your monthly housing payment by $400 is pretty tempting!

Post # 12
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I used to and I didn’t like it. I didn’t mind it for me so much but it was hard on the dogs and I imagine can be difficult when you’re carrying babies around. 

I can’t imagine they will be very easy to sell coming up in the near future, tbh. For the short time that I was in home sales I realized there are already a lot of boomers looking to downsize and move into stair-less homes. Condos and bungalows will be “it” while townhouses and even single family homes with 1-3 levels will fall by the wayside, especially for that generation, who are generally the ones with the greater wealth. 

I’d still consider a townhouse in the future, but only the ones that have the front door on the living space floor with the lower level just for an entertainment room or office or something. I cannot stand the townhouses you open the door to a small entry area and have to take the stairs up to the main living space. 

Post # 13
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@LuvMySailor:  I do. We rent it though and the rent is great for what we’re getting. It’s an old style 3 level semi-detached and it’s over 100 years old. We don’t have kids yet.

  • First floor is the entrance, and the front room is like a large living room/parlour type of room, but we’ve turned it into our music room simply because we have a piano that we would not be able to get upstairs! Down that hallway at the back of the house is a small washroom and a mud room, where the laundry machines are and there is a back entrance.
  • Second floor is the kitchen (with enough room for a 4 person table), dining room, the den where our TV is, a bigger washroom with a tub/shower combo, and a fireplace.
  • Third floor is 3 bedrooms – master bedroom has a full ensuite with just a shower stall, and there is another small washroom on the other side of the house.
  • Basement is finished and has another bedroom in it, but we turned it into an office. The basement itself is huge. The attic is also fairly large, with gabled windows and is accessed by a folding ladder near the front and also a spiral staircase at the back of the house.
  • There is a regular staircase that accesses the main floors, and then another spiral staircase that goes to all floors and the attic (not the basement though). There is also a fire escape attached to the back of the house so you can exit from any floor.

We love this house, and can totally see a family living comfortably here. Probably our own. The second and third floors have small terraces as well, and there are large windows throughout the house. There’s a skylight in the attic as well, although it’s covered by snow at the moment so not very useful.

Post # 14
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

We avoided them when we were looking at homes for this exact reason. But our neighbors/good friends have one and two boys. 2 rooms upstairs, 1 in the basement. They have had to adjust rooms a few times- the boys shared, one moved downstairs, but they have made it work. If it is this condo and saving money or staying in an expensive apartment, it might not be a bad idea.

Post # 15
895 posts
Busy bee

i baby sat 3 kids under 3 years old in a house with 4 levels. INSANITY! I’m sure if you were organized and were able to keep the kids in one room or one level it would be manageable

Post # 16
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I agree that laundry can be a bitch! If i want to hang things on the line, going from ground to top floor each time gets old haha

Other than that i love the space, and saving 400 a month sounds tempting!!

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