Our homes are our retreats where we can be ourselves, do things we want to and just be. Sometimes our homes are not large enough or spacious enough to accommodate all our requirements. Multi-storey homes use up small space well. We can create more room within the same space by building a duplex or a multi-storey house.
There are some pros and some cons of building a multi-storey house. The most obvious plus is that you get more rooms and more living area within the space you have. A multi-storey allows you to have more quiet and privacy as the bedrooms and bathrooms can be built separately in the upper section and the living room, the kitchen etc. can be left on the floor section.
Multi-storey houses require a lot of movement between the ground floor and the first floor. This means a staircase between the two sections. This may not be a comfortable option if you have to go up and down the stairs a number of times in a day. What if you have small children or have an elderly person who lives with you. Not only is it difficult for constant movement, stairs may not be very safe with smaller children. However this con can be corrected quite easily by installing an elevator in the house.
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Another positive for a multi-storey is that there is additional room for the little luxurious add-ons like a balcony adjoining the bedroom or a deck in the top level. A multi-storey home allows you to have plenty of living space without compromising on the yard space. In areas where the size of the plot is not too much, adding vertically instead of horizontally can give you some extra room.
On the negative side a multi-storey can make the house feel too roomy and unmanageable. Even the simple act of moving furniture from one room to another can turn out to be quite difficult. Two-story houses can be very expensive to keep cooled, especially the upper section as it tends to heat more.
Ultimately whether you opt for a multi-storey or a single unit will largely depend on your family makeup, the layout of the home in question and your personal preferences.