Whether you’re searching for your dream home to raise your family or looking to downsize and get the most out of life during your retirement, a single-level home is an excellent choice for homeowners of all ages.
While large families with several school-age children might still prefer a multi-level home, they only make up a portion of the homeowners’ market. Virtually everyone else — from seniors to young couples — can enjoy the many advantages of single-level living, albeit for different reasons.
Seniors often have back, knee, or hip problems that can make walking up and down steps difficult, leading them to desire a single-level home design. Young couples typically have the same preference because they like to have their children nearby. But these aren’t the only benefits to living in a single-level home. Here are a few more:
Living in a single-level home is generally safer than a multi-level home for a number of reasons. By eliminating staircases, you mitigate the risk of falls that can lead to serious injury. This is particularly important for young children, seniors, and anyone else that is mobility-challenged.
Something else to keep in mind is that evacuation in the event of a fire or other emergency is much easier in a single-level home than it is in a multi-level home. When living at ground level, you can open any window and crawl out to safety if needed. Also, if you live in an earthquake zone, single-level homes are the safest structures to be in when quakes occur.
Single-level homes tend to offer more living space per square foot. Some of that has to do with not compromising space for staircases when the home is designed and built. Single-level homes are also more likely to have less bathrooms because they are all on the same floor.
It’s not uncommon for single-level homes to combine mudrooms and laundry rooms, further saving space for other living areas. Single-level homes can also allow for more design options when it comes to ceiling heights, skylights, and expansive windows, which all create a more open and spacious atmosphere.
Ability to “Age in Place”
A single-level home makes it easier to “age in place,” meaning “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you’d like to raise a family in your home and stay there past retirement, you can with single-level living. Single-level homes are easier for the elderly to get around and maintain. They are also more convenient for renovating for wheelchair accessibility.
When living in a single-level home, you won’t hear footsteps or other noises coming from the upper level of the house, which can make for a much quieter living experience.
There’s no need to be woken up by someone you live with walking up and down the steps early in the morning or late at night. Moving furniture or other large items around the rooms in your home also won’t disturb the rest of the house’s occupants nearly as much because they won’t hear the ruckus coming from right above them.
Single-level homes can cost less to heat and cool. They are often more compact and can have more efficient plumbing and HVAC systems. With all the rooms of the home being on the same level, it will also be easier to maintain an even temperature throughout the house because heat will not travel to upper levels.
Multi-level homes typically require more elaborate (and more costly) HVAC systems. So single-level living not only can make for a more comfortable climate, it can also save your family money!
The Villa Homes by K. Hovnanian at Brunswick Crossing may have two floors (three if you opt for the basement floor plan) but the Westminster model’s first-floor owner’s suite provides the perfect area to still experience the benefits of single-level living.
Equipped with a spa bath and walk-in closet, the luxurious first-floor owner’s suite allows you to keep everything you need right on the first floor of your home. Nine-foot tray ceilings help this floor look even more spacious!
There’s no doubt. When you live in this villa home by K. Hovnanian, the first floor will set the tone for your entire house and leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Stop by Brunswick Crossing for a tour of our Westminster model by K. Hovnanian Homes, and learn more about these villa homes below.