Double-storey versus single-storey house: it’s not so much a question of whether a double-storey home is the best choice for everyone but whether it’s the best choice for your unique lifestyle, your family plans and your particular stage of life. Here are some pros and cons to consider when thinking about taking your new home to the next level.

Extra Space

The main appeal of going for double-storey is maximising your home’s footprint. Building up, instead of out, reserves extra space for you to enjoy a larger back or front yard. This way, you’ll have space for that wish-list pool, an expansive alfresco entertaining area or even room for a couple of big, friendly dogs to run around with the kids (or eventual kids). You’ll also have plenty more space to play around with indoors that you could dedicate to making rooms more spacious or more numerous. The luxury of relaxing in your own home cinema, creative studio or games room could become a reality.

Though a double-storey build is typically more expensive and can take a little longer to finish, it may mean you can buy a smaller, narrower or uncommonly-shaped – and therefore comparatively cheaper – block of land. It could even open up your options so that you can afford to live in a suburb you’ve always loved but of which you have formerly been priced out.


Fond of privacy? Double-storey is the way to go. You can opt to have all bedrooms located upstairs or perhaps install an out-of-the-way parent’s or teenager’s retreat up there instead. Two levels can prove very convenient. For example, you could include a dedicated extra room and bathroom downstairs if you often have guests come to stay. Or, as adult children tend to stay at home for longer these days, they could live downstairs with some extra privacy and freedom for all of you for longer. Fans of double-storey living seem to appreciate only having to tidy half the house before the in-laws come over to visit too! Young children are often able to sleep more soundly upstairs while parents can still work, putter around the house or enjoy a glass of wine with friends downstairs. Though, if you prefer to keep an eye on the kids or spending a lot of family time together, a single storey design makes those activities simpler.


Mobility is a major factor in double-storey suitability. Stairs can be a hazard for very small children or grandparents who might come to stay. If you’re hoping to age or retire along with this home, stairs could become tricky for you too. It can be an annoyance to constantly carry heavy items like vacuums up and downstairs plus extra high gutters or windows require more effort to clean. On the other hand, this incidental exercise is a real bonus for your family’s health.

Taking in the View

A double-storey home can improve your outlook on life – quite literally! If your block of land is surrounded by good views or you have a picturesque garden, that second level can take full advantage of what lies outside your windows. In this case, you may want to consider a “reverse living” configuration. Here, the bedrooms are placed downstairs with living spaces upstairs. This configuration also helps to mitigate the heating issues (ie. heat rises so the upstairs can become too warm to sleep in during summer without expensive cooling) that turns some people against multi-storey living.

Keeping views in mind, it always pays to check your surroundings. You probably don’t want to live in a single-storey house, if your next-door neighbours will be building double-storey homes that over-shadow your place. Alternatively, you might not want your house to stick out on a streetscape of only single level homes – though something can also be said for a grand double-storey facade in terms of impressive curb appeal come resale time.

So, does a double-storey build sound like the perfect home for you? If so, a few finals things to remember include; paying attention to sound-proofing any movement from upstairs, possibly installing an intercom so you’re not all shouting throughout the house and putting a lot of thought into your room configuration. You’ll be moving on up in no time. If you’d like to discuss your options further, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Thornhill Park team by emailing or by simply calling 1300 001 687

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