If you have always lived in a single-story home and you are thinking about one that is two-story for the first time, you want to have a realistic idea of what it would be like to really live in one. The information here will help give you a better idea of what it would actually be like to live in one, so you can decide whether or not this would be the right home for you:
Two story homes can feel more spacious
Sometimes a two-story home can actually have more square footage, but even when they are compared to a home with the same amount of square footage, they can feel like they are larger. This is due to the fact that there is a larger living area downstairs which generally includes a large living room, a spacious kitchen and possibly even a family room.
Two story homes tend to be quieter
Since the bedrooms tend to be upstairs in two story homes, the sounds don't travel quite as well as they do in single story homes. So, if the kids are being loud downstairs while you are trying to take a nap or read a book in your bedroom which is located upstairs, you probably won't be as bothered by the noise. Also, if someone is up in their bedroom listening to the radio, it probably won't interfere so much with someone else's ability to enjoy a TV show downstairs.
Two story homes give you more chances to exercise throughout the day
Going up and down stairs is considered to be a great form of exercise. This is why there are even certain workout machines offered in gyms that duplicate this motion. When you live in a house with stairs, you will be getting in a workout while you are simply making your way through your home on a regular basis.
Two story homes can be a challenge for those with physical limitations
If you are looking at a two story where all the bedrooms are located upstairs and you have a member in your household who is going to have a hard time navigating the stairs, then this may not be the best choice. However, there are many two-story homes that do offer a downstairs bedroom that this household member could use as their own bedroom. This may be a good option if you want the best of both worlds.