Why should you build a two-story home? What are the benefits of living on two levels? How does building two-stories effect the cost of construction? And if you choose to build a two-story home, which plan would we suggest? All these questions, and more, will be answered below!
The Benefits of a 2-Story Home:
There are three basic benefits of having a second story. For practicality sake it gives you more living space within a given footprint. By going vertical you can get more house in a smaller lot. The height of the second story brings with it better views. Good views can become enhanced and the extra height can create stunning views not achievable at ground level.
Finally we come to dedicated spaces. The first floor of a home can be dedicated to daytime activities and common areas. While the second floor is where most of the bedrooms are located. This helps create a sense of seclusion and separation from the hustle and bustle of the day, which some people need for restful sleep.
Why You Should Build a Two-Story Home:
Money, pure and simple. Bang for your buck, getting the most house for the least amount of money. This might seem cold and calculating but a new home is an investment. Studies show that the average person will stay in their new home for 7 to 10 years. When it does come time to sell, you’ll want to have some leverage over the guy down the street. The two-story home can be between 15 and 20% cheaper to build. This has to do with savings on the materials and labor thanks to a smaller foundation (slab or basement) and a smaller roof on the two-story home.
Our Two-Story House Plan Recommendation:
If you are looking for a charming French Country style home with modern features, the Belcourt house plan is a great fit. This plan packs 4036 square feet of living space in a foot print that is just 63 feet wide by 75 feet deep. And you still get a large 2-car garage and a very large covered lanai.
A home with five bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths is incredibly versatile. Whether you are a young family or a multi-generational home, this plan can accommodate your needs. And it never hurts to have a built-in outdoor grill for summer gatherings by the pool.
The open floor plan creates one main area comprised of the great room, dining area and kitchen. While the first floor is dedicated mostly to common areas, the master suite takes up the left side of the home from the front to the back. The other 4 bedrooms are located on the second floor. A perfect arrangement for a growing family.
A huge 2nd floor balcony over the lanai is the perfect place to relax in peace and enjoy the views. The Belcourt is the perfect house plan for a growing family that is building on a smaller or narrow lot. The second story bedrooms leave the first floor free to be mostly open common spaces. If you’d like more information on the Belcourt we are happy to help in any way we can.