We live in a 1500 sq ft, two bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse that I purchased in 2005. For a married couple with no children it’s plenty of space. However for a married couple with a husband who likes to BBQ and is lobbying (quite hard I might add) for a dog, the lack of yard space is a real drag. Our townhouse is 2 levels and has lots of closet space. But I have to admit, the stairs are fairly steep, and carrying laundry up and down them is not all that fun. In addition, there is the matter of the little tumble down the aforementioned stairs that I took back in 2009, where I dislocated my shoulder and still feel pain in my left knee to this day.
We will be here for a few more years I think, but we will eventually buy a house with a yard, and get that dog that my other half has been wanting. But, I’m not so sure I’m so sold on wanting a 2 story house anymore. It seems that here in Texas, where we like to do EVERYTHING real big, that having a 2 story home is the rule and not the exception. When I did a search on Mr. Google, it seems a 2 level house is cheaper to construct because you build up as opposed to out which I found interesting. But for a smaller family like ours (we are hoping to have 1-2 kids), I’m not sure I want or need to take on a 2 story home and all the cleaning that comes with it.
What type of home do you have? If you are renting, are you even considering buying a home at some point? What’s your opinion on single story homes vs. two story homes???
Update: Found this link in today’s paper, evidently I’m not alone in my desires for a one story home.