1.5-Story House Plans
Before we start out with some of the benefits of 1.5-story house plans (sometimes referred to as story and a half house plans) versus 2-story ones, it’s important that we just take a look at the difference between the two. Many people are curious about these sorts of questions because they may also be considering what happens when they eventually get around to selling the home.
1.5 story homes are not the only ones available – the features below are some of the most common ones we get asked about here on the platform.
|Features to consider|
|3 bedroom||7 bedrooms||With 2 master suites|
|1-story||Log cabin||Small, 2 bedroom|
As opposed to most other homes, for the 1.5 story home, the master bedroom suite is commonly not on the upper floor. Instead they have the remaining bedrooms on the upper floor, leaving you with more privacy if you’re downstairs. The fact that you won’t need to move upstairs can also be a significant advantage to an aging couple.
If you are thinking that you may find yourself with your Mother-in-law coming to live with you in the future, considering a 1.5-story house may just be what you needed, if you’re not planning on building an entire guest house to accommodate. This may also be the solution to your changing multi-generational living situation, if you’re, perhaps unexpectedly, finding your grown son moving home temporarily after college, and you don’t find yourself wanting to build a home with a basement.
Either way, we hope you’re finding what you need on this page.
1,500 sq ft
The 1,500 sq ft house is a great size for small or growing families, and this starts becoming the size where some families choose to include as many as 4 bedrooms, if they want something that offers a lot of functionality without the desire to necessarily pay for and maintain a 2,000, 2,500 or 3,000 square foot home. It’s additionally a home size that starts attracting a lot of real estate investors because they start running the numbers and find out it can be a really good investment if they manage to put enough bedrooms into it.
To make it easy for you to find the right house that is around 1,500 square feet, you can simply use the various parameters to get a more specific search, whether it is 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms you’re on the lookout for.
There are also many single story, ranch or cottage options, if you know the specific style you’re looking for. Have something very specific in mind that you can’t find by looking around? Talk to one of our architects and we’ll help you get the right option custom-created.
There is often a lot of confusion when it comes to exactly what the difference is between a raised ranch or a split level is – this section is specifically dedicated to raised ranch houses. We have an entirely different page that is dedicated to traditional ranch-style homes, too.
Raised ranches have many of the same benefits that you can get from sloped lots, where you may be able to exit to your backyard through a walkout basement. For a raised ranch, you’ll be entering straight into the level where you’re also finding the living area, and a flight of stairs would then take you down to a different living area below.
For split levels, you enter to a mid-way section in between two different levels, instead of going straight into the living room. For that type of architecture, you’ll have to either take a flight of stairs up or down no matter which level it is you choose to go to.
While neither of the two styles are currently at the prime of their popularity, they are very valid home options for you to choose between, why there still are many families that research them. As should be self-evident from their unique descriptions, these aren’t single-story homes. They do come in different varieties with a 1,500 sq ft size being very popular, having either 3 or 4 bedrooms.
2,000 sq ft
The 2,000 sq ft home is a nice, medium size house that is attractive for its flexibility, but also its ability to retain the value if you decide to sell it at a later point because of how many potential buyers there are for houses that size.
As families grow in size, and two people become 3, 3 become 4, all of the sudden you’re discovering that the 2 bedroom, 2 bath that you were previously living in simply doesn’t do its job anymore. While you may have previously been able to live on 1,200, 1,500 or even 800 square feet, that just isn’t sustainable in the long term.
In addition to being a good size home for a medium-sized family, it also is an attractive house to build for investors looking to have tenants move in. It’s not too many bedrooms that people start losing accountability, and it’s not so few that you simply aren’t getting a good amount of rent flowing through relative to the size of the investment you have had to put in.
Given their popularity, this is very much so a size house where you might just find the plan that works for your home without the need to have any architects do any alterations to the plans.
Getting the functionality of a loft with a modern option
There is no denying it – it is extremely stylish to get a loft home, with the high ceilings, and these are very popular when it comes to modern homes also. The amount of natural light that they let in can really help liven up the place and make all those interior decoration initiatives that you have been undertaking, stand out.
Another benefit of such high ceiling is also that it leaves a bunch of space for you when it comes to interior decorating. If you start filling up the walls entirely with art or other things, you will very quickly feel that it becomes crowded and less pleasing to the eye. With higher ceilings, there is much space to get creative with, and it also means you are able to put something bigger on the walls without having it start feeling ugly.
The 1 1/2-story house plans allow great open concept styling, even if you are only building something rather small. The only thing your house may additionally need is a wrap-around couch for you to enjoy in those warm summer months. Getting a story and a half may have seemed like an inconvenience but the reality is that there is so much you will be able to do with the space that you may not be able to do with an otherwise comparable home.
Small or big
On this site you’re able to find just the 1.5-story home that suits your needs whether it comes down to specific features, or the size that you are looking for. Go ahead and try changing the parameters and you can easily find the homes in the 1,800 to 2,000 sq ft range, if those are the ones you are especially interested in.
Are you looking for a plan with farmhouse characteristics?
Some people really adore the features commonly associated with farmhouses, such as the obvious possibility to use clapboard siding, while having a wide porch greeting you at the front of the house. They’re commonly very typical in their shape, with their usual rectangular form and gable roof.
Going that Craftsman route?
Going that Craftsman route is a popular choice when it comes to 1.5-story houses. With their overhanging eaves and exposed rafters, this style creates about the amount of rustic that many people appreciate, whether the house is being built on a lake, in the mountains or near the beach. They also usually include beautiful dormers and a functional covered front porch, perfect to enjoy a glass of wine or two.
Walkout basements are a nice addition
If you have a sloping lot, it’s not uncommon to use that to your advantage and basically build an additional storey and having a walkout basement on the lower floor, additionally allowing a bunch of natural light to enter the place throughout the day. While it’s a luxury you will quickly grow used to if you have a home with a basement, having an actual walkout basement is a lot more useful.
Reverse house plans with the master in the main floor
Some people really want reverse house plans, also when it comes to 1.5-story homes that include the master on the main floor, as well as other bedrooms the house has, whereas the living area is instead placed on the upper floor. Is it for all, no, as there are many people that simply do not find it provides the level of privacy that they want in their home, and that it might not provide the perceived convenience either.
Even if you want a 1.5-story home, you may have an interest in not overlooking these specific factors that could provide your family a lot of value.
|Special factors to consider|
|Under 100k to build||Small mountain home||Daylight basement|
A bonus room over the garage
These distinctive homes are also often sought after where they have a bonus room built over the garage, and those can be very convenient if you either have guests or someone else living with you.
Luxurious and contemporary
While you are not quite getting the extravagance you would otherwise be getting if you got an L-shaped home, the homes on this page sell a lot easier in the future, when that time comes around. When that’s been said, it is entirely possible for you to get the luxury and level of contemporary that you may be hoping to get, and our experts are here to help you adjust anything that may not work with your preferences.
When you’re building your 1.5 story home, you don’t have to lock yourself into the typical style they have. Here’s a handful of options that can go well with a 1.5 story home as well.
|Styles to consider|
2-story and 3-story alternatives
The homes on this page do stand in sharp contrast to some of the other 2-story and 3-story homes we have listed on the platform, but they also provide a lot of benefits, and we hope you’ll be able to find what you’ve been looking for.
There are certain trends that are likely not going away for a very long time. What is one of the most common features you think of when you’re thinking of a house that was built in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s? Are you thinking that these homes have high ceilings or that it is more common for them to have rather low ceilings?
If you guessed low ceilings, you are very right. While there may be exceptions out there, where a forward looking family was building something that has more than a nine-foot ceiling. The common standard back in the day was 8-foot ones. Even if you don’t think that that extra foot adds a whole lot, you’d be wrong. Try asking a real estate agent if they know of a home you can tour where one home has 8-foot ones, and the other one has 9-foot ceilings. It makes a big difference in terms of feeling open and inviting.
While you may think that 10’ ones are desired, you can usually do much better when it comes to 1.5 story homes. You should try walking into a house that has 12 foot ceilings, where you can see just how great and luxurious of a feel it has to it, and we’re sure you’ll be hooked by the end.
The good thing about ceilings like this is that they do not seem likely to go out of fashion in the near future. It seems very likely that the trend is here to stay. People want the additional sunlight. They want the luxuriousness that this design offers and they want the benefits of the additional extra half room that the design offers. There’s a good reason why these designs are some of the most popular ones on our website.
You’ll also easily get the favorable appearance of a 2-story home with this option, and you’ll find various designs that vary in size. Whether you’re looking for a 2,200 square foot option or a 1,000 square foot option, there are many different possibilities. If you still find that these options are bigger than what you’re hoping for, we encourage you to go and check out the 800 square foot homes, which may be great if you’re just one person, or perhaps two, but you want to build something that is a bit more accommodating to a smaller family.
If you have 2 or 3 children that are still living at home, you may want to ensure that each child has their own room, so as to make sure there isn’t too much tension on a daily basis. If that’s the case, perhaps the 2,200 square foot option is better, which can nicely fit a 4th or a 5th bedroom as well.
With the extra room you get with this type of house design, you can choose to use it as an option when you’re hosting guests. The design may not lend itself well for the bonus room to be used as a full-time bedroom. Perhaps the size just doesn’t allow it the comfort of someone living there full time, while it may still function very well with a smaller bed in it. Do you have in-laws that come into town on a regular basis?
We have options on this platform where you can build an entire guest section, however, that may not be what you want to do. Perhaps you have a smaller lot. Perhaps you just find it slightly excessive to build such an extravagant addition. Either way, the 1.5-story home is a type that many homeowners are going for due to its many benefits.
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