When building a new house, the opportunity presents itself to plan for the future. This may include plans to start a new family, or preparing for retirement investments. You may find yourself tossing up between building a single or double storey house. While building a new house allows you to plan for the future it is also important to live comfortably now by making the right decision.
When deciding whether to build a single storey or double storey house there are a number of factors to consider. Some factors are self evident, such as your budget and the number of people that will be living in the house, the size of the land available and what council approvals may be required. Other factors will be more personal and can only be determined by you and your family.
A double storey house may be more appealing for young and growing families as a second storey allows the family to grow, and provides some separation and privacy that may be appealing. Later second storey rooms can be converted to home offices or guest bedrooms after children have move out. Also, a double storey house rather than extensions to a single storey can mean more backyard space for entertaining and relaxing.
For older people, who don’t need the extra space, building a single storey house may prove more suitable in terms of budget and other factors. Cleaning unused rooms will be frustrating and the extra maintenance costs may prove to be unrealistic.
As demographics shift in Australia to smaller households, trends in housing styles follow, so this may be a consideration in resale value. Ultimately, you must consider your lifestyle and the goals you have for your home.
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