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Classic Elegance and One Story House Plans

One story home in Country Ranch style with stone and shingle siding and porch lights shining in late afternoon.

From traditional Ranch, Cape Cod, cottage, and Craftsman home plans to homey Southern, rustic country, and charming Old World European designs, the one story house plan is a fashionable and timeless style that has emerged as a favorite with a growing number of Americans. The versatility, adaptability, and elegant options of one-story plans contribute to their popularity among people of all ages from coast to coast.

So, whether you’re looking for a luxurious space for your golden years or an affordable house for your growing family, one-story home designs offer a variety of options in terms of styles and floor plans. There are compact small homes and plush mini-mansions, with each home using every bit of its square footage to provide an amazing living experience for the homeowner. 

 

Signature Features

1.  All the living and social spaces (bedrooms, baths, kitchen, dining, Great Room, etc.) on one level.

2.  An expansive open floor design

3.  Outdoor living spaces that may include courtyards, pools, patios, or rear decks

4.  Basement space option

5.  Bonus space above the garage

6.  Many one-story house plans also include convenient laundry room placements, often connected to the kitchen or a back porch, to further simplify the family’s daily needs – no more climbing stairs to use the washer and dryer (unless they’re in a basement).

7.  And above all – no stairs to navigate

 

Who’s in the Market?

While pushed to the background during the ‘60s and ‘70s when Americans were building McMansions to display their economic status, the one-story home continued to remain in fashion in some areas of the country.  As styles and tastes shifted over the years, a resurgence of the one-story home plan began taking root across America.

A recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that in 2016, there were 322,000 new single-family one-story homes completed and 222,000 were sold.

Another study released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on housing preferences revealed that about two-thirds of home buyers – 64 percent – would prefer a single-story home, with millennials at 35 percent, Gen Xers at 49 percent, baby boomers at 75 percent and seniors at 88 percent.

So, who’s buying one-story homes?

•      Young couples/families with babies and/or little children find a one-story home a convenient and economical choice. First of all, a one-story home allows young parents to keep their children within watching distance. They can work in the kitchen and still keep an eye on the young ones as they play in the next room. And because a one-story home can be expanded and improved as their families grow, it may actually end up being a “forever” home for them.

•      One-story houses are also attractive to single professionals who have the option of keeping their home small or adding to it if there is a need – especially if they want to convert one of the rooms into a home office. 

•      Empty nesters can downsize and still maintain enough space for returning children, to accommodate in-laws long-term, or entertain overnight guests.

•      A single-story home is most appealing to the “Baby Boomer” generation and retirees who can move around their homes easily and comfortably without climbing up and down stairs.  

Southern style one-story House Plan #142-1167

With clean, elegant lines and timeless appeal, one-story home plans – like this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath Southern style home with European influences – have emerged as a great choice for people of all ages. They come in different architectural styles and shapes that fit the requirements and budget of a growing number of American buyers (House Plan #142-1167). 

 

Advantages/Benefits

The one-story home plan is definitely back on the scene as more home buyers continue to rediscover its advantages. Not only charming and appealing, the single-story home plan also combines the simple, functional, traditional, trendy, chic, and elegant. Here are some of the major benefits of the style:

 

Structural Benefits

1.    Accessibility, comfort, and convenience of having all living spaces on one level in an expansive open concept floor plan. With no walls dividing the kitchen and dining and living rooms the house is fluid and spacious. It is also easy to transition from prepping/cooking in the kitchen to eating or socializing without missing out on conversations or leaving guests unattended. 

2.    Perhaps the most important benefit of this kind of plan is the fact that there are no stairs to navigate and separate residents from bedrooms and bathrooms. This also means that if you want a drink of water in the middle of the night, you can just step out of your room and head into the kitchen without climbing up and down the stairs. And best of all, no more lugging baskets of laundry up and down steps.

Living with no stairs is an ideal environment for Baby Boomers, retirees, and those with health issues and limited mobility because it minimizes accidents and risks of falling.

3.    The lack of stairs is also safer for children and older people. Without the risk of toddlers and younger children slipping and falling down the stairs, parents can eliminate child gates on stair landings. In addition, a single-story home facilitates wheelchair accessibility.

 

Design Advantages

1.    Versatility and adaptability defines the 21st century one story home. If you want to be snug as a bug in your single-story haven, you can choose a compact bungalow, Cape Cod, or cottage style. Try the country or Southern plan if you love the homey and warm style. Or you can go for vintage charm with the European or Mediterranean plan. 

2.    There’s more living space in a home with one floor because square footage is not used up for staircases

3.    Many single-level house plans provide split master bedroom suites for privacy and comfort.

4.    There are more choices for different ceiling heights and skylights

5.    Fewer bathrooms are needed because everything is on one level.

6.    The mudroom can be combined with the laundry room – there’s also the option to create an all-purpose utility room.

7.    With today’s emphasis on outdoor living spaces, a one-level home provides the option to expand. Think of a covered/screened porch, sunroom, deck, and rear patio for social events and other gatherings. In some cases, families have added rooms on top of the garage or the rear or sides of the home.  

Ranch/Prairie style one-story House Plan #108-1856

Single story home plans like this 3-bedroom, 2-bath Ranch style home with Prairie influences have many design advantages, especially for older or infirm homeowners (House Plan #108-1856).

 

Maintenance and Budget Benefits

1.    With living and entertaining areas located on one level, maintaining and cleaning is straightforward and uncomplicated. It is also easy to reach and clean gutters, windows, exterior facades, and the roof.

2.    As green living features and energy-efficiency become “must-haves” for home buyers, an eco-friendly single-level home is a more desirable choice since it offers savings on heating and cooling bills.

3.    It is cheaper to add on to or expand the structure of this kind plan.

Other Advantages:

4.    No noise from the stairs and second floor traffic. Say goodbye to all the noise as family members – especially, the younger ones – stomp and run up and down those stairs. Definitely count on a good night’s sleep without all that noise and traffic.

5.    It’s easier to evacuate in case of fire

6.    It’s easier to resell because of its popularity, versatility, and appeal across the board.

 

As more people look into “forever” homes where they can live comfortably and happily in their “golden years,” the one story home plan is increasing in popularity among all age and economic groups. With the endless architectural style options and decorating possibilities at your fingertips, what is there not to love with this design? 

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