Whether you’re looking for a home to retire in or accommodate your growing family, main-level living is an important factor to consider adding to your list of must-have features. With main-level living, all your necessities are on the first floor. This could include the kitchen, living room, laundry room and bedroom.
Ranch-style homes are an obvious choice for their lack of stairs, but even multi-level homes that have all the necessities on the first floor with extra flex spaces upstairs can work well for this lifestyle! So, what does main-level living have to offer? Here are four benefits to consider when deciding if main-level living is right for you.
One of the major benefits of main-level living is the convenience for everyday activities. Everything you need is on the first floor. There’s no need to go up and down the stairs to do laundry, eat a meal or lounge in the living room. By settling into a home with an emphasis on the main level, you may just be setting yourself up for aging in place.
We often take stairs for granted since they are a common part of many homes. However, they pose safety challenges. If they’re slippery, uneven, damaged or missing a handrail, it’s easy to take a tumble. They can be particularly hazardous for older adults and young children with a higher risk of falls. Even if you have stairs in your home, main-level living allows you to access everything you need without having to climb stairs.
If all the rooms and appliances you need are on the main level, you have ample opportunities on how to use the upstairs space. It all depends on your needs. If you have extra rooms, you could turn them into guest rooms, a den, a home office or a loft.
A downstairs bedroom is an excellent way to provide privacy to the owners of the house while the kids’ rooms are upstairs. Both parties may just enjoy the distance and independence it provides. Main-level living also provides a work-life separation if the office is upstairs.
Main-Level Living at Brunswick Crossing
If you’re interested in what main-level living could look like for you, Brunswick Crossing offers a variety of models and floor plans suitable for this lifestyle.
The Monroe II by Dan Ryan Builders features an abundance of space in the areas that matter the most. The owner’s suite with the owner's bath and walk-in closet are on the first floor in addition to the open concept family room, kitchen, and breakfast area. The second floor offers flexible spaces with two bedrooms and a loft which can be converted into a 4th bedroom.
The Wesley II by Dan Ryan Builders is a showstopper with an open family room seamlessly flowing into the large kitchen and breakfast area. The second floor includes the owner’s suite as well as two additional bedrooms, laundry room, and a loft which can be converted into a fourth bedroom. The Wesley II comes with a variety of flexible options, including a bedroom on the first floor.