(Closed) One or two story homes: your preference

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: What would you prefer, one or two story home?
    One story : (56 votes)
    26 %
    Two story : (156 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 32
    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Since I grew up in a two-story home, I’m so used to it and like it better than one floor. However, if I was single and never wanted to get married, I’d get myself a nice little ranch. 

    Post # 33
    7310 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I grew up in a one level house and hated it. Everything was just too close. The first home that I bought was a 2 level plus basement town house, and our forever home is also 2 levels plus a basement.  I much prefer the seperation of public and private spaces that comes with having things on different levels.

    Post # 34
    1734 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I live in a tiny one story right now and I hate it. Mostly because we have ZERO hallways. All the rooms just have a door that leads from one to the other. No hallways = no closets = no storage space for our stuff! My daughter’s bedroom is right next to the living room and her toys are slowly taking over, even after our pre-Christmas toy cleanout. Also, it feels like we’re all living right on top of each other since there’s no real separation to our rooms. It gets suffocating after a while.

    If we had decent hallways and some closet space I probably wouldn’t mind our one story so much. But I grew up in two story houses and that’s what I prefer and what I’d like to settle down in eventually.

    Post # 35
    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @OctBride-2012:  That’s hilarious. The apt we live in now has cathedral ceilings. It’s a huge waste of space and all the heat gets trapped up high where it does you no good. I’m also sick of climbing up to the third floor where we live via the effin’ stairs. Rancher it was for us!– Though there’s a fully finished basement in case you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of first floor life.

    Post # 36
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I grew up in a one story house, so that is what I am used to. All the homes out here in the southwest have only one floor.

    But in England, where I will be moving to in a year, that is definitely not the norm. A one story house is very rare. Almost all are very small and are two story.

    Can’t say I have a great preference. I prefer open floorplans, which seem more available in one story homes, but I like being able to save on space (land) with a two story home.

    Post # 37
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Mrs.Camera:  & @pfinarffle:  I thought they were the bees knees when I first bought this place.  Now I lay stand in the master bathroom and look up at the ceiling about 3 miles away and cringe.  It also took me forever to figure out how/where to hang pictures in the bedrooms.  It’s like a cruel joke to have walls that tall and pictures hung 6 feet from the floor.  LOL

    Post # 38
    2920 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    We have a two story (plus laundry in the basement.) Darling Husband strongly prefers a multi-story house, but when it’s time to move or downsize/retire (we’re in our 40s) I’m going to push for a ranch because all the stairs are a drag!

    Post # 39
    687 posts
    Busy bee

    Two-level home lover here. Having everything on the same level with no steps down or separation feels claustrophobic to me.

    Post # 40
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’ve only ever lived in a 2 story house.  In our house hunt we did see one or two ranchers and we didnt care for them, but the layout sucked.  I wouldnt totally eliminate a rancher because I am sure there are some kickass ones out there.

    Post # 41
    979 posts
    Busy bee

    I have a 2 story home…prefer a 1 story because I’m clumsy and have accidents on steps. LOL 

    Post # 42
    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Right now we have a 3 story townhouse.. where you enter at the garage/basement and the kitchen/main area is on the 2nd floor. It’s definitely a workout!

    I’d like a two story above ground house later, with the ‘3rd’ story being in the basement (below ground, walk out in the backyard if possible). I like the bedrooms being on one floor away from the entertaining area, and I like having a real basement underground.. but finished.

    A ranch house would be nice when I’m older, but until then, I want the levels and space. I really enjoy have an underground basement and would want to have space to have a huge in wall fish tank. I couldn’t imagine having a ranch house with a few hundred gallon tank on my main floor (and room behind it to support it). I feel like it would take up a good portion of the place!


    Post # 43
    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @OctBride-2012:  I vaguely debated how nice it would be to have a cathedral ceiling added to the rancher we’re going to be buying, specifically for the living room or maybe even a sunroom someday. But I keep cringing over all the hassle at my apartment. So not worth it.

    @Quicksand:  Bingo! I’m giving stairs the middle finger for as long as possible now. Even our mail lady became homicidal at me for having to lug packages up the stairs all these years. (For real, she was scrawling threats on my packages.) And I kinda sorta didn’t blame her. NO MORE!

    Post # 44
    1021 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My favorite style of house is Craftsman Bungalow – most of which are one story. I’m not opposed to two story houses, but most of the ones where I live seem very cookie cutter.

    Post # 45
    348 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MrsWishyWashy:  This is my reason too!  I prefer two story, but after having a few elderly relatives take some pretty nasty spills down the stairs (including my stepdad’s 90 year old mother-eek!), I think one story is more practical if it’s a forever home.

    Post # 46
    1924 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I like living in a small place.  I grew up in an apartment and I just don’t like having TONS of space.  Therefore, I prefer one stories.  I lived in a two story house in college and the only bathroom was upstairs!  Ugh.

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