One of the most important design decisions you’ll ever make is whether to have a single or double-story home. Indeed, this decision will influence just about every aspect of the design process. Considering how important it is, it would be best to fully assess the situation before making a choice. To help you out, here’s a brief breakdown of the main advantages and disadvantages of single and double-story homes.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Single-Story Homes

There are two obvious advantages of having a single-story home: cost and practicality. Building a two-story home can get rather pricey. This won’t be too much of an issue if you opt to build a single-story home. Indeed, you’ll be able to save money that you can then spend on other things if you choose to build a single-story home. Aside from saving money, choosing to have a single-story home built will also end up saving you time. Since the house will only be one story, it will take significantly less time to build.

Single-homes are also more practical. Not only are stairs a hazard for small children but will also be difficult to navigate for the older residents of your house. And while you may not think this is a problem, you will eventually get old and will find it difficult to climb up the stairs. 

The main disadvantage attached to single-story homes is the lack of space. If you choose to build a single-story home, then you may have to make compromises when it comes to how your space will be used. This can mean sacrificing parts of your home such as your garden in order to make the other areas of your home more spacious.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Double-Story Homes

If you’re the type of person that appreciates space, then double-story homes may be the way to go. Not only do you have the option to add more rooms, but opting for a double-story home also allows you to freely use the outdoor area of your home. By choosing a double-story design, you will have enough space for extra bedrooms, living areas, studies, outdoor rooms, and storage.

More space also means that you’ll have more control when it comes to the layout of your home. This means that you don’t have to be counter-intuitive with your layout just so you can save space. In relation to this, it’s also easier to create a sense of privacy in double-story homes as you’ll be able to space the rooms apart.

The main disadvantage for double-story homes is the price. If you’re working with a tight budget, then double-story homes may not be the best option. The last thing you want is to go out of your way to have a double-story home built when you can’t really afford to do so as it will set you back financially. Now, if budget isn’t an issue then the idea of a double-story home may be worth entertaining.


Hopefully, this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you understand the difference between single and double-story homes. As you can see, there is no best option between the two. At the end of the day, your situation will dictate which of these two options is the best for you.

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