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Single Story Living Trends

Posted on July 21, 2016 by kim

Ranch style homes became popular in the 1950’s and 60’s and fell out of style in recent years, but one-floor living is making a comeback. There are tons of reasons ranch style houses are ideal for young families, established families, and empty nesters alike.

Because everything is on one floor, space has to be used efficiently. Ranches are as big as they need to be and no bigger, which makes it easy to have just what you need without too many extraneous and unnecessary knick-knacks. The smaller size also makes it easier to heat and cool because of fewer rooms that are more interconnected, allowing for better airflow and lower energy costs. 

One-floor living also makes for easier mobility. In a ranch style home you won’t need to go up and down stairs with toys, toddlers, laundry, and suitcases. Stairs can be troublesome for anyone, so not having to constantly climb them is incredibly convenient and beneficial for all members of your family. Bathrooms, laundry, bedrooms, and living space are all just steps away from each other.

However, for many of us, our dream home simply isn’t a ranch style home. But, there are steps you can take to ensure that your first floor has all you’ll need. This is especially important during times in your life when you’re managing a temporary illness or injury, or have a family member who struggles with mobility.

Adding a full-bath to the first floor ensures that you and your guests don’t have to go upstairs. If you have space, add a first floor laundry room, When possible try to locate it near the bedrooms. Laundry baskets are unwieldy and make it difficult to walk up and down stairs, so avoiding them whenever possible is a plus. Another thing to add if you have the space is a first floor master. There may come a time when grandparents move in, or it’s difficult for you to get upstairs to the bedroom. Having a first floor master means you can live comfortably in your home for a many years to come. 

Whether you have the ranch home of your dreams, or want to renovate your current home to fit your needs, the experts at Whole Home can make it perfect for your family. Call us at (513) 482-5100 for more information.

 



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