People investing in first or second homes usually find it hard to fit all of the space and amenities they need in today’s smaller lots. Most of them do not want to give up the luxuries they like but realise that a sprawling house on an open floor plan may mean giving up lawn space or the beautiful view from their new house. Well, the solution is usually to build up instead of out. There are numerous benefits to building a double storey house that many potential homeowners may not be aware of.
More Living Space in a Relatively Small Sq. Footage
By building a house that is double storey, you can get twice the usable space without eating as much on the outdoor area you love. That simply means that you can either by a smaller plot and still get to enjoy an expansive living space, or buy a generous piece of land and have a spacious yard for anything from a gazebo to a swimming pool.
Enjoy Nature’s Heating and Cooling
Staying cool is particularly easier when you live in a double storey home as you can capture and take advantage of the breezes. Opening the windows and allowing nature to cool your home means that you will spend less on air conditioning while getting more fresh air. Many homeowners say that they tend to get better sleep and rest when they keep the windows open at night. A double storey home also has more outside walls than an open level plan which may not allow for proper air circulation since the primary living areas have limited windows or none at all. On the other hand, having two floors stacked together gives additional insulation for the ground during the colder months. That means you will use less energy to heat the kitchen, dining and living room as the top floor will act as an insulator. Also, since heat rises, the rooms upstairs will remain cosy even on the coldest days.
Keeping Family and Private Areas Separated
A double storey home allows you to keep your private rooms separate from the rest of the household. Second-floor bathrooms and bedrooms enable family members to have a privacy haven, where guests will not infringe on. If you work at home, you can have a private office upstairs as the kids enjoy themselves in the living room downstairs. Also, the kids can have the peace they require when they have to go bed early without the grownups having to keep the volume down, their conversations at a minimum or having to tiptoe around. When entertaining friends, it can be relaxing to know that what you do will not disrupt anyone upstairs. This additional privacy is also advantageous for anyone who prefers others not to use his or her bathroom or enter their bedroom.
When you are ready to invest in your dream house, consider the many benefits presented by a two storey home design. You will have all the space and amenities you want and even extra money for those personal items that make a house truly a home.