Single Storey Vs Double Storey House, Which Is Better?

Designing and building a new home, as we’re sure you’re aware, is stockpiled so high with choices, that it can be completely overwhelming!  Another decision you have to make is the substantial choice of single storey vs double storey. While we can’t make that decision for you, we can definitely offer some advice about the pros and cons for each.

Single Storey House Design

Pros of a single storey house

A single storey house can offer a range of practical and economical benefits.

Mobility and safety

With every part of the house, living, dining and sleeping areas all situated on the same floor, it’s great for young families, the elderly and pets. With no stairs acting as obstacles throughout the abode, you’re less likely to have to deal with trips and tumbles. Also, the dreaded task of vacuuming will be less intensive, as you won’t have to wrestle with the cord up the stairs.

Save money

As we all know heat rises, so an additional bonus to a single storey is that heating and cooling is more energy efficient and cost effective.

Single storey houses are cheaper to build as there are no costly scaffolding fees. In the long run, maintenance fees are cut down too, as there is ease of accessibility to the roof.

A single storey house would be great for larger block sizes as you’ll have the space to design a spacious house without losing too much of your outdoor areas.

Cons to a single storey house

Smaller rooms

The size of the rooms can be drastically smaller, especially depending on the size of land you’re building on.


Privacy can be an issue with the living and bedrooms spaces so close together. So if you’re parents seeking some space from your testing teenagers, a single storey may not be what you’re looking for.

Less space to play with

With more land being used for the build, this can cut into your outdoor entertaining space. So, if having a garden, pool, or other outdoors amenities is a must-have for you, you may want to rethink your design.

Double Storey House Design

Pros of a double storey house

More space

Building up versus’ building out is a spacesaver. You’ll feel less cramped and have more privacy. Plus, you can have both big bedrooms and a fantastic outdoor entertaining area without having to compromise on either. This is also handy with the block sizes on the Australian market getting smaller.

Save the lavish for downstairs

The beauty of a double storey is, you can save money on the intricacies and lavishness in the private parts of the house, as guests will only have direct access to the living and entertainment areas. So while the initial build may cost more (scaffolding fees and such) you can still save your pennies elsewhere!

Could be a great future selling point

A double storey house has the perception of grandeur, so while you may have to pay now, it may very well pay for itself when the time comes to sell.

The view!

Building a two storey house can offer another major benefit; the view! Depending on your aspect, getting extra height can allow for some amazing scenery. Whether it’s a back deck or the views from the master bedroom, there’s something so special about sunrise or sunset from up a little higher.

Cons of a double storey house


Upstairs stompers may cause some family feuds with the people downstairs, with sound travelling between the two levels, however, thanks to modern-day design measures, this can easily be minimised.


In the unfortunate circumstances of a fire or emergency, evacuating a double storey may be a little more difficult and dangerous than that of a single storey.

Managing the temperatures in a two-storey house

As mentioned previously, heat rises, so managing the heating and cooling of a double storey house can prove a little tricky.

A double storey house would be ideal for smaller block sizes, as you won’t be compromising on too much space.At the end of the day, the choice is yours. It comes down to what your needs and wants are, and what will suit you and your family best. We hope that reviewing the pros and cons of a single storey versus a double storey home build has helped you in your elimination process. If you’re still unsure on which design is best for you and your dream home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help you navigate your way through the many choices around and process of building your home. Contact us today through our website or on (07) 5496 1477.