Young or old, kids or no kids — single-story living is well-suited to a wide range of individuals’ needs and lifestyles. Popularized during the postwar economic boom, one-story homes defined the attainability of the American dream. This popularity carried into the 1970s and declined in the early 21st century, however, within recent years the acclaim of single-story living returned. With the right plan, living in a one-story home brings countless benefits.
Ideal for Any Age
Think of single-story living as an age-defying home. Toting the laundry or walking to your bedroom is much simpler in a single-story home than a two-story home. Stairs pose a problem for accessibility and oftentimes safety. Old and young individuals alike can move with greater ease and independence in a single-story home. And, you do not need to worry about potentially injuring yourself by falling down the stairs. Any age can thrive in a single-story home and you won’t need to worry about age-proofing — or retrofitting your home — to fit your lifestyle.
Buying a home is simply the starting point of years of maintenance. Everything you need in a single-story home will exist on the same level, making upkeep or cleaning more attainable. You won’t need to go back and forth upstairs carrying bulky cleaning supplies or engage in arduous exterior scaffolding. In a one-story home, your paths are straightforward and simple.
Energy-saving and Cost-effective
A single-story home displays energy-efficient choices, saving you money on utility bills. Since heat rises and cool air drops, living in a two-story home means you will face adjusting your heating and AC accordingly. In fact, a two-story home with the same square footage as a single-story home costs double the amount to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A single-story house will require much less energy use.
Ability to Add-On
A combined space like single-story homes offers more flexibility in interior design than multi-level homes. It can adapt to your needs and at a lower cost. If you want to add on to your home in the future, like a mother-in-law suite or sunroom, then you won’t need to worry about an upper level thwarting your plans.
Open Floor Plans
In a single-story home, you won’t need to sacrifice space. Without doors and walls acting as barriers to each location, homeowners and guests can roam freely and comfortably. Open floor plans truly enlarge the common areas and give a sense of interconnectedness. You can expect no stone to go unturned in a single-story home, meaning the square footage is used to its greatest potential.
Effortless Indoor-Outdoor Living
Single-story homes blend perfectly with your outdoor living space. Multiple access points to the outdoors from your kitchen, living room, or bedroom are feasible in a one-story home. There are also more options for high ceilings and large glass sliders that not only optimize spectacular landscape views but allow for quick access to the patio or deck. With this convenience of location, homeowners and guests receive the best of both worlds.
When it comes to single-story living, Fairfield Homes know precisely how to optimize the space and feel of a home. We have been designing luxurious semi-custom and custom single-story homes in Southern Arizona for over 40 years. Each home is carefully designed to provide the best from quality resources to exquisite views. Contact us today to get started on a home that fits your lifestyle!