Tag: two-story

One Story vs Two Story Homes

Choosing the right home plan can be difficult. Even narrowing your search down to just one story or two story home designs is a big decision! Which type is ideal for your lifestyle? There are pros and cons to both one story and two story homes – here are some you should consider before you buy.

One Story Living
The Walnut Creek - Home Plan 1134: One Story vs. Two Story Homes

The Walnut Creek, One Story House Plan #1134

A one story home plan is an easy choice for anyone who simply wants the ease or convenience of single story living. With no stairs to traverse, one story homes are ideal for families with young children, those with mobility impairments, and anyone planning to age-in-place. These homes are now available in exceptionally open floor plans and can fit into nearly any style, from Country ranch to Craftsman bungalow.

Two Story Home Plans
The Hyde Park - House Plan 816: One Story vs. Two Story Homes

The Hyde Park, Two Story House Plan #816

A major advantage for two story home designs is that they can pack more living square footage into a smaller footprint. If you need plenty of room for family or hobbies, two story home plans may be the best and most cost-effective option. Secondary bedrooms and recreation space are typically upstairs to preserve privacy and keep clutter away from the living areas downstairs, while the master suite can be upstairs or down depending on your preference.

Choosing a Design

How do you decide between one story and two story home plans? First, consider your lot and location. Does your Homeowners’ Association require one or the other? Is your lot large, small, or oddly-shaped? The answers to these questions may make this decision an easy one.

Cost-to-build is also important. Foundations and roofs are expensive, and a two story home may have less of each when compared to a similarly-sized one story home. In addition, do your research and find out whether a one or two story home will bring in a higher resale value in your market. Ultimately, when it comes to building your dream home, you may want to take on the extra expense to get exactly what you want. Think about the types of home exteriors you are drawn to, and what layouts really feel like home.

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Two very different footprints

The size and shape of your lot can dictate your home’s footprint. This week we’re featuring a spacious ranch and a compact two-story home design.

The Spotswood #1310

The Spotswood - House Plan Number 1310. Sprawling ranch footprint

4 beds, 3 baths, 2578 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Open kitchen/dining room for easy conversation flow.
  • Jack-and-Jill bathroom.
  • Extra storage throughout.
Open Floor Plan

This family-friendly design is centered around open living space, with a cathedral great room and eye-catching dining room meeting at the expansive kitchen. Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Spotswood - House Plan 1310A walk-in pantry, coat closet, and utility room sit between the garage and the kitchen, convenient yet out of the way. Two bedrooms with plenty of closet space share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom at the rear of the plan, while the study and master suite are positioned across the plan for privacy. The master suite enjoys a large bathroom, dual walk-in closets, and French doors leading to a porch with fireplace.

First Floor Plan of The Spotswood - House Design 1310

The Chestnut Hill #1244

Front of The Chestnut Hill - Home Design 1244. 2-story footprint

3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1844 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Master suite on the main level, away from the living areas.
  • Utility room and e-space for household tasks.
  • 2 bedrooms, a full bath, and bonus room upstairs.
No wasted space

A compact cottage with exceptional curb appeal, the Chestnut Hill has much to offer in a conservative footprint. The charming exterior is highlighted by decorative brackets and a metal roof over the front porch. The welcoming two story foyer includes a bench and dual coat closets for convenience. The cozy great room is surrounded by windows and a soaring cathedral ceiling adds volume. The kitchen’s efficient design puts all of the appliances within easy reach. A single space for dining ensures no space is wasted in this floor plan. The master bedroom has a large arched window and a cathedral ceiling to create an airy feel. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, a bath and a large bonus room awaiting expansion.

First Floor Plan of The Chestnut Hill - Home Plan 1244

Second Floor Plan of The Chestnut Hill -Home Floor Plan 1244

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: 1 & 2 Story Designs

A 2 story Craftsman home and a 1 story European styled ranch. Check out our Plans of the Week, Over and Under 2500 sq. ft.

The Bantry #1336

The Bantry - 2 Story House Plan 1336

4 beds, 3 baths, 2498 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Master suite with rear views and dual walk-in closets.
  • Large utility room, walk-in pantry and oversized closet at garage entrance.
  • Plenty of outdoor living space.
Attention to detail

Inspired by a popular hillside walkout design, the Bantry is a 2 story home plan with a large bonus room. An angled floor plan allows this design to take advantage of rear views. The dining room, master bedroom, and screened porch are bayed, adding architectural interest, and the rear porch is topped with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The spacious kitchen is right by the screened porch with summer kitchen, making outdoor entertaining easy. A pantry, coat closet, and utility room lead the way to the garage, while additional bedrooms and a bonus room complete the second floor.

First Floor Plan of The Bantry - 2 Story House Design 1336

Second Floor Plan of The Bantry - 2 Story Home Plan 1336

The Charlevoix #1086

The Charlevoix - 1 Story House Design 1086

4 beds, 3 baths, 2607 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Dimensional exterior with stone and copper detail.
  • Kitchen with Butler’s pantry and walk-in pantry.
  • Luxurious master suite with porch access.
Designed for entertaining

A stone portico makes an impressive entry to this stone and siding home. The Charlevoix  features open living spaces defined by columns, and a split bedroom layout. Coffered ceilings, a window seat and double doors enhance the study/bedroom. The Master suite has back porch access, his-and-hers walk-in closets, and a luxurious master bath with curved shower. Exciting extras include a built-in desk in the breakfast nook, butler’s pantry and a serving/dry bar that makes this home live easier.

First Floor Plan of The Charlevoix - Home Plan 1086

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Charlevoix - House Plan 1086

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: The Eastlake #1256

The Eastlake is an impressive brick design with country charm.

The Eastlake - House Plan 1256

Front rendering

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Expansive kitchen with e-space and walk-in pantry.
  • Screened  porch with summer kitchen and see-thru fireplace.
  • The study is an ideal home office.
Live, work, and play

A brick exterior, twin dormers, and an expansive, columned front porch combine to give the Eastlake Plan a stately façade. A study and formal dining room flank the foyer, leading to a soaring two-story great room. The expansive kitchen is open, with an e-space and walk-in pantry.  A sunny breakfast nook, family room, and screened porch with outdoor kitchen provide casual space to relax. A fabulous master suite completes the main floor.

First Floor Plan of The Eastlake - House Plan 1256

Upstairs

The second floor is open to the great room and foyer below with an attractive curved railing. One bedroom is ideal for guests or older children, with a walk-in closet and private bathroom. Two additional bedrooms and a bonus room share a hall bath.

Second Floor Plan of The Eastlake - House Plan 1256

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Similar plans:

The Peppermill - House Plan #1034The Peppermill Plan #1034 is smaller with a similar front exterior. See it here.

The Arbordale Plan #450The Arbordale Plan #452 is similar in size with a different layout. See it here.

NOW AVAILABLE: The Bantry Plan #1336!

The Bantry is a two-story Craftsman design that’s inspired by an old favorite.

Front rendering of The Bantry House Plan #1336

Front rendering

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Pantry, laundry room, and walk-in closet by the garage.
  • Covered porch, and screen porch with summer kitchen.
  • Bedrooms, bathroom, and bonus room upstairs.
 A brand new option

Our Silvergate plan is very popular, but not everyone has the sloping lot required for a walkout basement home. So here it is re-imagined as a two story design!

The Bantry Plan has an angled floor plan that allows it to take advantage of rear views. The dining room, master bedroom, and screened porch are bayed, adding architectural interest, and the rear porch is topped with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The spacious kitchen is right by the screened porch with summer kitchen, making outdoor entertaining easy. A pantry, coat closet, and large utility room lead the way to the garage.

First Floor Plan of The Bantry House Plan #1336

Upstairs

Two additional with plenty of closet space are on the second floor, and share a bathroom. Linen closets provide extra storage, and sun tunnels bring natural light into the hallway.  A massive bonus room could serve as rec space or an extra bedroom.

Second Floor Plan of The Bantry House Plan #1336

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House Plans on the Drawing Board by Don Gardner