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There's something about two story house plans that just feels right. Maybe it's the feeling of grandeur they evoke or the way they make the most of vertical space. Whatever the reason, 2-story house plans are perhaps the first choice as a primary home for many homeowners across the country. A traditional 2 story house plan features the main living spaces — e.g., living room, kitchen, dining area — on the main level, while all bedrooms reside upstairs. A more modern and trending two story house plan layout features its master bedroom suite on the main level, while the...
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There's something about two story house plans that just feels right. Maybe it's the feeling of grandeur they evoke or the way they make the most of vertical space. Whatever the reason, 2-story house plans are perhaps the first choice as a primary home for many homeowners across the country. A traditional 2 story house plan features the main living spaces — e.g., living room, kitchen, dining area — on the main level, while all bedrooms reside upstairs. A more modern and trending two story house plan layout features its master bedroom suite on the main level, while the child/guest rooms remain upstairs.

Are you a homeowner with children? Then the two story house plan could be your desired option. Families with young children often prefer a 2-story house plan in which all bedrooms are presented on the upper level while the main living areas are presented on the main level. Why? For one, having all bedrooms on the same floor allows parents to avoid trips up and down the stairs. Furthermore, if all the children sleep on the second floor, parents don't have to worry so much about creating noise on the first floor and disturbing the children while they sleep.

What about empty nesters or families with teenagers? In more recent years, the trend for the 2-story house plan has been to include the master bedroom suite on the first floor, while the other bedrooms (or at least most of them) are on the second floor. This layout configuration allows teenagers to have more privacy and the parents to have more peace and quiet. For empty nesters, this layout allows them to retire to their master suite without having to worry about climbing the stairs. Additionally, this design can be a huge advantage for those empty nesters who prefer to remain in their “forever” home.

Working with a budget with a bit more flexibility? The on-trend, two story house plan layout now offers dual master suites with one on each level. This design gives you true flexibility plus a comfortable suite for guests or in-laws while they visit.

Building Advantages of a 2 Story House Plan

House plans with two stories typically cost less to build on a per square foot basis. Because of the smaller footprint, two of the most expensive elements of home building, excavation/foundation and rafter/roof installation are less. The 2-story home typically has less roof area than its 1-story counterpart which can make them less expensive to maintain. The 2-story design is also typically more fuel-efficient on a per square foot basis as less outdoor wall and roof area are exposed to the weather.

Layout Advantages with a Two Story House Plan

The 2 story house floor plan typically allows for more versatility both in the initial design but also for any additions to the home that might be made in the future. It also offers the opportunity for greater privacy and delineated spaces without compromising on the overall design. Since a two story home takes up a smaller footprint, it offers up more space for outdoor living areas, which may be an important consideration given the size of the building lot.

Possible Disadvantages with a Two story Design

There are some disadvantages with a two story layout that should be considered. Stairways add to the cost of the home build and can take up 100 square feet or more of space. Stairs themselves do add a level of risk related to falls and accidents, especially for anyone with mobility issues. The two story home can also take longer to build initially due to the second floor and perhaps deeper foundation.

If you're considering two story house plans, be sure to check out some of the many options available here. There's sure to be something that fits your needs and your budget! Please contact us if we can help answer any questions.

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1-Story vs. 2-Story Dream Home – Are You Ready to Decide?


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There May Be More to Making a Choice Than You Think   For most of my life, I’ve resided in two-story homes – or in upper floors of apartment buildings. From my grandparents to my schoolmates and a number of my relatives, two-story homes have been the norm. More than anything else, the attractions of two-story homes for me were the spectacular staircases. I clearly remember my grandparents’ home, with its tall wooden staircase that curved on a landing leading to the second-floor bedrooms. My cousins and I used to


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