(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 # 47
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Have lived in both and much prefer the one-story in terms of cleaning and maintenance. Especially now that I’m pregnant and realize that if I have to have a C-section, having access to baby’s room, my bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom on the same floor would be priceless.

    Post # 48
    14969 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Two story.  I’ve always lived in homes where bedrooms are on the second floor and living space is downstairs.  For paraniod security reasons also, I don’t want  bedroom accessible from ground level.  I feel safer sleeping on a second floor.

    Post # 49
    260 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @pfinarffle:  lol I hear ya! I don’t even get my packages here on the 3rd floor.. lazy UPS drivers! lmao

    Post # 50
    4943 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I prefer one story because I hate lugging crap, laundry, etc. up and down stairs. Additionally, I don’t want to have to vacuum stairs if they are carpeted. And I don’t want to lug the vacuum up and down the stairs. Also, in Texas, you pretty much have to have a second air conditioning unity for the second story, and that’s more cost, more maintenance. My friend had to replace BOTH AC units for her 2 story home last summer at the cost of $8000 each. Yikes.

    Post # 51
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I can’t really decide as I see the benefits to both! Right now Darling Husband and I have a two story home, living areas downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. If we were to build a home we would build a 1 story. A one story because if we build a home it will be our FOREVER home.

    In addition, one stories are typically more expensive to build because if you want a good size house, that is a huge foundation to lay! Plus if we build we’ll want stainless steel beams so that the basement doesn’t have those obnoxious pillars all over the place. So, for us a one story home would be uber expensive to build. Right now our 2 story home is perfect for us and hopefully a family soon but Darling Husband still talks about the building of our next home which drives me crazy b/c I love our home now!

    Post # 52
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It depends. I only like 2-story if there is excellent noise separation between the bedrooms and living area. I hate floorplans where the 2nd story bedrooms open to the living area below. I also don’t want to listen to people stomping above. I would choose a 1-story over that. But, if it’s well contstructed and the bedrooms are more enclosed upstairs, I’d choose that.

    Post # 53
    1990 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love two story homes but my best friend growing up had a one story and I can see the allure.  My house growing up had a big open feel where the upper story mimiced the lower and the living room was open to the upstairs so it felt spacious and connected no matter where you were in the home and came with a great sized back yard.

    My friend’s one story house in the same neighborhood (so same lot size) had a poor excuse for a back yard but was kind of cool because you could be on one side of the house watching a movie in the living room and not disturb the people sleeping in the bedrooms on the otherside.


    As for me, I have always lived upstairs and I have long legs so I don’t mind at all! lol

    Post # 54
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    In a perfect world, I have a huge rambler/ranch-style home because they are SO wonderful for entertaining and usually have a great flow. We have a four-level split right now and the house footprint is just . . . small. Like, we can’t fit more than 20 people on our main level comfortably, which is a bummer. It IS nice, however, for when I want to sleep and my husband has guests or when we just need a little privacy. There are pros and cons to both!

    Post # 55
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I always liked 2 story houses better, until we bought our house.  It is technically two stories but is a ranch with a fully finished walk out basement.  We live on the main floor most of the time, but use the basement for parties, watching movies and houseguests (there is a 4th bedroom down there).  I love living all on one level.  It is so much easier to keep clean, to do laundry and to heat and cool.  We still have some of the benefits of a two story (extra privacy, cathedral ceilings, etc) because of the design and layout of our house though.  

    Post # 56
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

    Oddly enough I prefer two story homes even though I have never lived in one. I for some reason feel 2 stories+fireplace= HOME!

    We are currently in the process of buying a townhome and of course it meets my equation for a home. I guess one of my main things is that I want seperation between living space and our personal living space–bedrooms!

    I want to eb able to entertain friends without worrying about them stummbling into our personal space–our rooms/offices!

    Post # 57
    4655 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    2 story loftish apartment is my ideal. 😀 

    Post # 58
    1073 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would prefer a 2 story home because I’ve always imagined “my future home” to be 2 stories. However, now thinking about it, it’s probably more of a risk with kids (which I don’t have yet). Something to think about! 🙂

    Post # 59
    887 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We live in a 1 storey home with a fully finished basement so space-wise it is not much different from having a 2 storey home without a finished basement. Our house is pretty small despite having 3 bedrooms plus the basement, but we like having everything on the same storey. I think when we need more space we will add an addition rather than moving to a 2 storey. Luckily we have the space on our lot for that. Almost all of the houses in our neighbourhood are high-ranch or bungalows, though most are much more spacious than ours.

    Post # 60
    310 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    When searching for our first home together, we told by the realtor that 1-story home is not very common and often in higher demand. I would prefer a 2 story home as I enjoy that separation of privacy and perhaps a little nicer view. We have a guest bedroom in the ground floor just so that when our aging parents come to visit, they don’t have to climb any stairs. 

    Post # 61
    8482 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    One. Because I hate vacuuming stairs.

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