multi-storey homesThe dilemma faced by home builders of whether to build single or multi-storey homes is a difficult decision to make, which is dependent upon a number of factors. Obviously a choice of the number of floors in a house is dependent on the family size and age, the block of land you are building upon and budget, however, there are a few general tips that would affect your decision.

Pros

Cheaper

Generally speaking, building up is cheaper than out on account of the reduced amount of foundation and roofing. These are the most expensive parts of a house so being able to have a taller house that is smaller in length and width can help keep costs down, while still giving you plenty of room.

Space

As I just mentioned, the more storeys you have, the more space you will acquire in your home. Steel frame two storey homes provide you with plenty of room for living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, balconies and whatever else you may desire.

Separate the Kids and Parents

Having multi-storey homes allows you to have separated areas for the kids and  parents, allowing both parties more privacy. This is especially important during teen years when kids want their parents to leave them alone and parents are more than happy to oblige.

Good for High Density Areas

In highly populated areas such as cities or locations with limited housing space, building multi-story homes is much more logical. Obviously when land is scarce, building up makes much more sense as you can still have all the space you require without taking up to much land area.

Suitable for Slopes

If you’re not in a high density area but are, for example, a house builder in Newcastle, multi-storey homes are also a great option for large pieces of land because you have more flexibility in terms of slopes and suiting the house to the terrain. Rather that going to the immense trouble of flattening land, multi-storey homes allow you to build almost anywhere as you have more flexibility with design and verandahs. Particularly on slopes, second levels also give you a much better view of the surrounding landscape by giving you a higher vantage point.

Aesthetics

Obviously this one is highly dependent on personal taste, however, multi-storey homes do grant you greater creative license as there is more opportunity to mix it up and have unique design elements. Many people also naturally are attracted to two storey homes as they have a more pleasing aesthetic quality to them.

Cons

The Young and the Elderly

Multi-storey homes are not quite suitable for toddlers or elderly people as it poses greater risk to their safety. Toddlers are unaware of the risk posed by stairs and could easily fall down them if you are not paying attention. People in their later years are often not able to constantly walk up and down stairs due to their reduced mobility or could similarly fall down them to the detriment of their health and wellbeing. Single storey houses are much more suitable for people in these age groups.

Air Con

Higher storeys in a house create greater difficulties in keeping the raised area cool. Air conditioning or insulation systems have to work much harder in higher areas and the air circulation is not as efficient. This in turn means higher bills and more costs to you.

Moving Furniture

I for one appreciate the incredible annoyance involved with moving furniture in and out of a multi storey home. Navigating the nooks and crannies of stairs with bulky beds and cupboards is a challenging task, but still (usually) doable if you have enough strength and will power.

Clearly the number of levels in a house is largely dependent on the people building the home. Generally, multi-story homes are cheaper, more practical and look better than their single storey counterparts, but there are some logistical factors that are increased with more levels. The great thing about building a home with professionals like Wincrest, however, is that you can tailor the design exactly to your needs so you can usually overcome any difficulties and create a home that is ideal for your needs.

 

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