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Building a single storey home

It’s a common dilemma that homebuyers face, but it’s actually not a contest. Both single-storey and double-storey homes offer a range of lifestyle benefits and it’s just a question of working out what design will best suit your needs.

If you’re trying to decide on what type of home to build, then these frequently asked questions about single-storey building should help. The answers are drawn from a number of top home builders in Perth, so you can be sure you’re getting quality information from qualified industry professionals.


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Are single storey homes cheaper to build?

Single storey homes are generally smaller than their two-storey counterparts so the construction costs should be less. However, single-storey homes can require a larger foundation footprint and a larger roof (as the house will usually be longer and wider), so these costs need to be taken into consideration.


Does a single storey home limit my design options?

The short answer to that question is no. Home builders have responded to the move towards smaller and narrower blocks with very intelligent, creative and versatile single-storey floor plans that optimise the use of space and offer homeowners a huge variety of designs.

Think vaulted ceilings, bay windows, skylights, indoor/outdoor connection, interior courtyards and more – the options are endless and plus, without the second storey on top, you can vary the ceiling styles and heights from room to room.


What about maintenance?

From a practical perspective, a single-storey home can be easier to maintain. Cleaning gutters, windows, checking roof tiles, re-painting etc are all easier when there’s only one floor to cover.



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What are the practical benefits of a single storey home?

Ease of access is a key plus of a single level home, especially for those with limited mobility, the elderly, or people with very young children. Also, staircases tend to take up a fair amount of space, and can be a safety risk. Single storey living generally means that bedrooms are closer to amenities such as the laundry and kitchen.


How easy is it to extend a single storey home?

Assuming you have a block that’s large enough, it’s generally fairly easy to extend a single storey home, add a patio or sunroom and even a granny flat. Renovating or expanding a double storey home can be more of a challenge from a structural and a design perspective.



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What about heating and cooling a single storey home?

It’s generally cheaper and more efficient to heat and cool a single storey home and the extended roof area can also offer more options for solar panels. Natural air flow through a single storey home is also easier to achieve, which can lead to reduced energy costs.


Is a single storey home quicker to construct?

Different home builders will offer different construction timetables but as a general rule, a single storey home will take considerably less time to complete.

Whatever your dream, you’ll find plenty of single-storey home builders who can make it come true.  Take Ross North home builders in Perth for example – they’ve been in the business for 40 years and packed with exciting and practical features.  Phone them on 08 9431 8100 or visit to see their extensive range of award-winning designs.

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Cameron Bell

Cameron Bell is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Complete Homes. Complete Homes are new home builders in Perth, specialising in house and land packages throughout the Perth metropolitan area. Cameron has over twenty years’ experience in the building industry, including working for two storey, multi-unit development builders and for land estates. Cameron also has his real estate agents' licence and has run his own real estate company, allowing him unique insights into the property market in WA.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.