The process of buying a home has only grown to be more daunting in the last 10 years, as house prices continue to increase. People looking to buy a new home are faced with tons of factors to think about. Factors like applying for a mortgage; location of property; transport accessibility; and plenty more that would leave us with sweaty palms after reading this. It appears that buying a home is not as simple as Googling, “first time home buyer how??” (Although we desperately wish that clicking the top search result link would solve our problems right away!)
As we are distracted by how we can purchase a new home, we always forget the original solution our forefathers used when they needed shelter: custom-built homes. After all, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself! With this consideration, we are now faced with one of the most basic home styling choices: the humble single-storey bungalow or a charming double-storey house?
The recent pandemic has made it more obvious than ever how much we crave space as human beings. Bungalows are usually surrounded by land and just being able to look out your window to see the green of your grass would be immensely nourishing for the mind. The claustrophobe in your life will thank you for it.
However, that’s not to say that a double-storey home would provide less space. An added benefit would be the ease of separating your living space and your working space by just a staircase. The ability to separate spaces is important when it comes to increasing productivity while working from home. And for the children in all of us (as well as future children), part of the fun of living in a double-storey home is sliding down bannisters!
Mobility is a basic human function, and depending on who you’re planning to move in with, it is also a key consideration in your search. Bungalows are typically built as single-storey units, so if you have mobility issues, this is hugely important to your way of life. Plenty of home owners also purchase a new home with the intention of living there until old age, and with a little bit of forward planning, you can avoid incurring extra charges in the future by not having to install a stairlift.
It is common for bungalows to be designed with a rectangular base, whereas double-storey homes can come in a variety of shapes & sizes. The varied architectural choices of the double-storey home are appealing to many as it is possible to find something that suits their personal tastes. As forward planning is the name of the game here, however, wouldn’t it be better to start off with a base that allows you to easily customise your living space in the future? In addition to that, with bungalows being single-storey builds, you needn’t worry as much about potential renovating works that could affect the second floor because, well, there is no second floor to think about!