Many single family home builders choose to use the singular term “single-floor house plans” to describe their homes. They feel that this better describes the single-family design because of its ability to show just one floor, and the owner does not have to know the dimensions of every room. The floor plan does the talking.
It is certainly possible to build a one-story home with one, or two, or even three stories on the top level. But, this strategy makes it difficult to relate the house plans to the rest of the building. For this reason, the single-level houses are more popular. Single-level design is a little tricky in a few ways.
One, the top level has to be a lot taller than the others. As a result, the single-level design must have a larger doorways leading from the front door, hallways, and through the bedrooms. This means that the interiors of the house will appear a little less spacious and light than they should be.
Two, since the stairs to the upper level are longer, the rooms will have a slightly higher ceiling than the lower level rooms. If you do not have a stud ceiling, this can have an effect on your heating and cooling bill.
Even if you do have a stud ceiling, there is still no way to tell exactly how high a room will be when you draw up a single-level floor plan. If you are a big buyer and expect the room to be twice as large as the other rooms, you have to guess. Therefore, when you are drawing up a single-level house plan, you have to guess.
You may want to put your heating and cooling bills on the table of a friend of the seller when you are drawing up a single-level house plan. This is something you have to take into consideration when you are working on a design for a project. If you have a tall drafty window in the middle of a room and a tiny hallway to go down to the kitchen, you may need to mount the central heat source higher up than it needs to be. You also need to consider how much heat you will be getting through the floor.
If you have a room on the lower level that is large enough to fit a kitchen, you may want to leave out the floors altogether. However, if you are going to be building a two-story house, you will need to keep the smaller floor plans for the bedrooms.
You need to know all of these details about your own home before you buy it. Make sure that it looks right for you. Know the features and limitations of a single-floor house plan and remember to take the heating and cooling cost into account.