If you're at the stage where you can build your dream home, you may be stuck between choosing whether to build a single- or double-storey house. While both options have advantages, you may find that building one storey is more financially attractive, both in the short and long-term. Why?
1. Save Money on the Build
Double-storey homes typically cost more to build than single-storey ones. After all, you have to create two floors in these houses; a one-storey build only has one level.
So, you'll usually find that your building costs are lower with a single storey. You use fewer building materials and your labour costs are reduced as well if the build is quicker. You also won't have to pay for stairs, and the costs of your windows, doors and general fixtures and fittings will be lower.
2. Benefit From Economical Running Costs
Double-storey homes can be expensive to heat and maintain. It may strain your finances to heat and cool two floors in your home. You may also have increased maintenance costs.
If you opt for a single storey build, then you get a house that is more economical to run. For a start, you only have one floor to cool in summer and warm in winter. This reduces your power bills.
If you're handy around the house, you could also save money on regular and periodic maintenance costs. For example, you won't have to pay for a window cleaner. All your windows will be on the ground floor, so you can clean them easily yourself.
Also, your gutters will be more accessible than they would be on a double-storey house. You may only need a short ladder to reach gutters to keep them cleaned out. You may also be happier painting the outside of your house when it needs it. You won't have to worry about working at risky heights to reach all of your external walls. If you can do these maintenance jobs yourself, you don't need to hire tradies or contractors to do them for you. This could save you a significant amount of money in the future, especially on bigger jobs like house painting.
3. Create a House That Appeals to Different Buyers
While you may not have problems selling a double-storey house, you may find that a single-storey property appeals to more buyer demographics. This may give you a quicker and more competitive sale if you decide to move in the future.
For example, single-storey homes appeal to older people who are looking for accessible living. They also appeal to families who may prefer an open-plan design with no stairs.
To find out exactly what you can do with your plot, talk to single-storey home design specialists. They can help you decide if this kind of home is your best choice.