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Whether you are looking for two story house plans because you prefer the design or for some other reason, you should be easily able to find what you're looking for.  In addition to design preference, there can be some practical reasons you may choose a two story home over a one story home.  Two story house plans are well suited for house-building when the lot-size is limited and you're trying to make the best use of your space.  On a small sized lot, you may be trying to get the most bang for your buck, and two story house plans provide that for you because you can get more square footage in the same space if you choose to have a multi-level home.

Two story house plans have the automatic advantage of a very distinct visual separation between public and private parts of the home.  Most of the time, particularly if you have a bathroom on the main floor as well, visitors wouldn't expect to be wandering around your upstairs.  This can be an advantage when entertaining because not everything needs to be as immaculate as it might need to be if all spaces were open to the public rooms.  It can also make it easier to help keep the children in a particular room while playing.  When the whole house isn't basically open to itself, inviting the kids to spread their "treasures" from one end of the house to the other, a two story house might even help you keep your house in order! 

A two story house plan may offer more privacy to the occupants, especially in a neighborhood where some of the other houses are one story.  This depends on a lot of factors, of course, including the topography in your neighborhood, but it is something to consider when thinking about what style home to build.

Two story house plans can be a big disadvantage if someone in the family has difficulties negotiating steps or stairs.  In some cases, a multi-story house can still accommodate the needs of that family member, but in some cases, it's better to look at single story houses.  If the two story house plans include plans for a bedroom and a full bath on the main level, it can be a workable solution.  It wouldn't even have to be a negative for resale value, as the home could be later sold with that bedroom suite as a nanny or in-law suite, or the bedroom could be used for another purpose.

Two story house plans may make people feel more comfortable and confident in the security of their homes, in some cases.  They may like to sleep with the windows open, but be disinclined to do so if the bedroom is on ground level.

Two story homes also have the advantage of using up less of the lot space.  If you like to garden, or hope to someday put a pool in the yard, you might want to consider if a two story house might better suit your needs, leaving more of the yard available for other things

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This article was published on Wednesday 27 January, 2010.

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