3. It Is Safer
Families with young children and people with reduced mobility particularly appreciated this type of floor plan since the lack (or minimal number) of stairs is perceived to be a major safety feature. It is easier to move around in a wheelchair inside a ground-floor home. The risk of falling is also diminished.
Plus, in the event of an emergency like a fire, the occupants can more quickly and safely escape a bungalow than an upstairs storey.
4. It Is Cheaper to Heat
Usually, reducing the number of storeys equals lower heating and cooling costs. Therefore, a bungalow is far more economical regarding energy consumption, especially if it is open planned.
5. There Is Less Privacy
Conversely, in a single-storey home, the living areas and the bedrooms are on the same floor, reducing the occupants’ privacy. This is often a major downside for families with children.
When the kids are small, parents really appreciate having their little ones’ bedrooms far from the noisier rooms, such as the living room or kitchen. Once they are teenagers, having a separate space that is isolated from the rest of the house is likewise a plus. However, the disadvantage of such proximity can easily be remedied by finishing the bungalow’s basement.
6. A Simplified Horizontal and Vertical Layout
In a single-storey house, there is no space “lost” to the staircase. This means it is the perfect residence for optimizing the use of vertical space with a cathedral ceiling and tall windows, for example. Additionally, the horizontal space can be transformed into a lovely open concept main living area.