The Benefits of Living in a Single Story House

It’s a common conundrum for homebuyers: Buy a single-story home, or a home with multiple levels. The traditional American home layout often includes shared spaces on the ground floor and more private areas (bedrooms, offices) on upper floors. While each style offers its own benefits, there are reasons why a single-story house plan might be just the right choice. 

Perfect for Aged and Young Family Members Alike

Many older individuals rely on a walker or wheelchair for mobility. For these people, ascending and descending stairs is a struggle, and an insurmountable obstacle. Single story homes are perfect for those aging because they allow freedom of movement at any age. Indeed, the elderly aren’t the only ones for whom stairs can be a challenge. Young children also do better with a single-story design.

Maintenance is generally easier with a single-story home. Even if you don’t mind climbing stairs at your age, you’ll likely find it difficult to maintain the exterior of upper stories. With a single story home, you’ll be able to access all areas of your home.

Increased Energy Efficiency

It’s easier to heat a single story house. Most modern single story houses feature a central shared living area, surrounded by more private rooms such as bedrooms and offices. Heated and cooled air naturally flows through such a design. In contrast, multiple story houses require more complex and costly HVAC systems.

Plenty of Open Floor

Single story homes tend to include a generous communal area, sometimes called the “Family Triangle” of living room, dining room, and kitchen. While older homes boxed each of these rooms off with walls, modern single story home plans are often designed to merge these three areas into one large, open space. Vaulted ceilings and expansive windows are often prioritized here, so as to create a comfortable and beautiful area where the whole family will naturally want to congregate.

Easy to Expand Living Space

It’s fairly easy to add a deck, sunroom, or patio to a single story home plan. In contrast, a two-story home will require structural analysis and careful planning for expansion. The ease of expanding outdoor living areas translates to a strong indoor and outdoor connection in many single story homes.

Affordability

Single story homes are less costly to build and to maintain than their multiple-story counterparts.

Finally, a single story home doesn’t have to feel cramped. Indeed, without the structural demands of upper stories, designers often have more freedom to choose taller ceilings and pencil in more skylights and windows. The contemporary single story home can feel airy and spacious, if you choose the right design.

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How to Make Your Home Office Space a Better Place to Work In

Millions of people across the world get that dreaded Monday morning feeling, and it is often because you don’t want to get out of your warm and cozy bed to go and sit at your office desk in front of a screen, even if your office happens to be in your own home. This is where a few personal and uplifting touches to your home office space can change the whole persona of your work. Improving the appearance of your home office space can help a lot, especially if your office is dull and there’s not much to look at. You can instantly feel down about your job; by simply making sure your office is bright, full of natural light, and always has a nice temperature to work with, you may begin to look forward to your day’s work and it can certainly lift the spirits.

Another way to make your home office space an enjoyable place to work is to have an entertainment room nearby. Have a room with a flat screen television, a game console, beanbags, sweets, generally just an all-round place to relax during the day. If you have a lot of plants or paintings, you could put some up at your office space to help give it that homely feel so you won’t feel separated from the rest of the house. If you make your workplace look and feel more like a home, the more you will feel relaxed and this will often improve the quality of your work. You could also have creative and modern office furniture rather than the old style desks, have desks that are brightly colored and are shaped in weird and wonderful ways.

Making sure your home office space is organized to keep a calm and relaxed atmosphere. A lot of people can get stressed if they can’t find something they are looking for, and this can be prevented with a bit of organization. If your work consists of sitting down for most of the day, you have to be sure you can cope with the chair you are sitting on for the long hours. An uncomfortable chair can easily stop the flow of your work and can also lead to health problems. Buying a chair that is suitable for at least 8 hours of use should help you remain focused throughout the day and will also stop you from getting back problems.

 

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Do-it-Yourself Storage Projects for Home Improvement

Here are some great projects to increase the storage space in your home. In many homes, nobody seems to have enough storage space, so why not do a few projects to fix that problem. Not only will it make your life easier, there will be a good reason to make these DIY storage projects.

Under the stairs

Builders are notoriously bad at utilizing the space under a staircase. Even when they put a closet there, they still leave half the space unused. Since most stairwells can be around four feet deep, you can build a rolling appliance cart into it. To make this space into a cabinet, just open up a hole in the wall, putting in a header for the studs that are above the cabinet door. Finish out the inside of the space with drywall and install cabinet doors.

Under the sink

The fake drawer front under kitchen and bathroom sinks is there to make the cabinets match, but really doesn’t do you much good. There’s not enough space to add a drawer under the sink, but that doesn’t mean the space has to go to waste. Putting that drawer front on a hinge and building a box that attaches to the back of it creates a great place for putting sponges, steel wool pads and other small cleaning tools.

Rood eaves

If your home has roof eaves cutting into your second floor, then don’t let that space go to waste. There’s a lot of useful space under those eaves and these spaces most builders go to waste. All it takes is a little cabinetmaking skill, and you can add in linen cabinets, bookshelves and other types of storage in what would otherwise be considered wasted space. You can even use the space just by adding in a low door so that you can utilize the space under the eaves just like attic space, storing boxes and miscellaneous in the recovered space.

Kitchen cabinet soffits

Many homes have soffits over the kitchen cabinets. These soffits are there merely to fill the space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. Taking the soffit out and finishing off the area creates storage above the wall cabinets. This is a great place to show off baskets, serving dishes, Jell-O molds and other not commonly used items in your kitchen. When they need to be used, they can be taken down for use, but they always have a home back over the cabinets.

 

 

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