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One Story Homes

Why one-story homes usually cost more 

 

As a rule of thumb, 1-story homes cost more than 2-story homes of similar square footage. Why?

 

Using a simplistic example, a 2000 square foot 1-story home will have a larger "footprint" than a 2-story home with 1000 square feet on the main floor and 1000 square feet upstairs. Therefore the 1-story home will have a more expensive foundation and oftentimes requires a larger (more costly) home-site because of the increased width and/or depth.

 

1995 sq. fft. 1-Story, 56'; wide by 62 deep
Main Level at1995 sq. fft. 1-Story, 56'; wide by 62 deep
Main Level at 1036 sq. ft. 2-story,41' wide by 52
Main Level at 1036 sq. ft. 2-story, 41' wide
by 52" deep

 

Similarly, the 2-story home has a roof system to cover the 1000 square foot second floor, while the one-story home requires larger roof trusses, more sheathing, more shingles and more attic insulation.

 

Whether a 1-story home or 2-story home is right for you, only you can answer. Just know that, other things being equal, you can typically get "more home for the money" with a 2-story home as compared to a 1-story home.
 

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