Typically, when one thinks of a custom home, they think of a large and elaborate two-story house. However as the name implies, these homes are completely custom! Anything goes. Some families simply find that they prefer a one-story home. Besides the personal preference of having everything on a single level, there are a few main advantages that one- story homes have over their taller counterparts.
Save on heating and cooling. When there is only one level to a building, it’s easier to effectively control the temperature throughout the home. Heat rises, so two-story owners naturally spend more money cooling their upstairs area. In a one-story, this problem doesn’t exist! Because less energy is being used to help regulate the temperature, this means a cheaper air conditioning bill!
Cleaning your home and routine maintenance is easier. With everything on one level, you’ll never have to worry about lugging a heavy vacuum or a bucket upstairs again. Additionally, this makes moving furniture significantly easier, which can be a big plus for DIY movers. Tasks that may have seemed traditionally daunting, like painting the house, hanging Christmas lights, cleaning the gutters or washing windows are much easier in a one-story home.
Consider how long you’ll live in the home. If you see yourself retiring in your custom home, a one-story might be the best bet. Naturally, as people get older, stairs become more and more of an obstacle. By planning for the long term, you can ensure you’ll be able to enjoy your house for as long as you like.
Ensure an easy escape. In the event of any danger or natural disaster, you want to be able to remove your family from your home as quickly as possible. One-story houses make this possible and eliminate difficult obstacles, such as escape ladders. With everyone closer together, risks are minimized and security is greater.
If you’re considering a one-story home for your custom build, talking to a professional can help you decide if a single level floor plan is right for you. With Matt Powers Custom Homes, we can completely customize your floor plan to create a one-story that works perfectly for your family, while maintaining the space and privacy you desire. Contact us today at (713)-787-6709 or email us at email@example.com