(Closed) Do you prefer a one or two story home?

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you prefer a one story or two story home?
    One story : (62 votes)
    33 %
    Two story : (124 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 16
    4260 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I used to think 2, but since having kids I actually prefer 1.  It is just easier with laundry and cooking and naps.  And I second the larger basement.

    Post # 17
    125 posts
    Blushing bee

    I prefer one story homes. Our home is a three level townhouse, and I really dislike all of the stairs. We hardly ever use the bottom level, and we are only upstairs to sleep. And the guest room upstairs is never used. It feels like a lot of space is wasted just because it isn’t open, and I think stairs are a waste of space. When we purchase another home I will only buy a two story home if there is a bedroom and full bath on the first floor, otherwise, we will buy a one story.

    Post # 18
    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

    We just purchased a two storey home. I like the separation between bedrooms and living space.

    Post # 19
    1883 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    1 story! I dislike big houses. 

    Post # 20
    7905 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’ve always lived in one story houses, so that’s my preference. As a kid, I thought it would be cool to have a flight of stairs up to go up to my room and to slide down the bannister, but in reality, it is so much easier having everything on the main floor. If you were injured or simply aging and weren’t able to climb the stairs, a one story house would be a godsend. I do, however, like basements, but I consider that bonus space. 

    If you keep up the house, I don’t think there’s much difference in the curb appeal regardless of whether it’s one or two story. 

    Post # 21
    3332 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    two. I find 1 story homes kind of a waste of space. I understand the appeal for older people (stairs get difficult!) but I still like the 2 story. 

    Post # 22
    460 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I recently moved from a 2-story (master down) to a one-story. There are things I like about both! It was harder to keep tabs on the kid activities upstairs and it was always a mess. (We had a family room up, living room down.) I did like having kid area separate from adult area though. We spent more time in our own zones and less together though.

    Now in the one story we still have a “fun” family room that’s kind of away from the kitchen/living room, but the whole house stays cleaner because everything is visible, if that make sense. And we can have the kids’ computers in their rooms bc they are right off the main area and doors stay open. 

    I do miss being able to keep window open all the time, and when it’s hot the whole house heats up (downstairs stayed cool in the old house).

    Post # 23
    422 posts
    Helper bee

    We have owned both, and I prefer a 2 story. The footprint is smaller, you can have some separation (I make sure to keep the main level spotless since that is where the living room, kitchen, dining, and guest bathroom are) and don’t have to worry too much about the upstairs. I also like that if we were to have guests over, they wouldn’t be able to snoop without it being obvious (is it weird that I think about that?). Additionally, and this is my husband’s criteria for having a 2 story – it keeps the bedrooms off the mainlevel so someone would have to pass by us to get to our kids’ rooms.

    Post # 24
    10709 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    FutureMrsBex :  

    You can always put the laundry room upstairs.

    Dh and I moved from SoCal, where everything is one story and bought our Forever Home on the other side of the country.  It has an upstairs laundry room–I’m loving it.

    Post # 25
    3294 posts
    Sugar bee

    One storey. I really hate if I can hear kids or whatever runnung around on the second floor. I also prefer one storey since I don’t have to drag the vacuum and washing up or downstairs all the time.

    Post # 26
    47190 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    FutureMrsBex :  You could also put the laundry upstairs where most of the dirty laundy is generated. Laundry rooms don’t have to be in the basement.

    Post # 28
    1352 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

    I’ve never lived in a one-story home, but I love them! If we can ever afford a single-family home, we’ll probably look at racnchers first. For now, we live on the top floor of a condo building (so I guess that’s like a one-story home?), and we’re looking at townhouses.

    Post # 29
    3903 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    punchberry :  1 storey for me. Because to me stairs = knee pain. Also I dont want to have to worry when I have kids about the gates.. and when baby is sleeping and then starts crying when im downstairs I have to run up, nope. Carrying the laundry, no thanks. Also we have a dog.. when he gets old and cant go up the stairs we cant carry him he’s 90lbs so yeah no stairs. Also vacuming stairs sucks. And people always leave all kinds of stuff on them. 

    Post # 30
    7921 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Another vote for 2 story preference. I like the separation plus I see the stairs as an exercise bonus lol. 

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