You have a choice of several home styles when building your own home. One of the most famous styles is the hiker. A rambler house is all on one floor. This style became very popular after the Second World War, when soldiers returned home and housing became more affordable. The ranch house has been around for years, but it is still very useful and will stay for years to come.
The ranch style house has a lot of advantages and several disadvantages. You will want to understand these before deciding to build a ranch style home.
The ranch house takes up more lot space than a two story house for the same size home. This means that you will have less court. Many people find this a disadvantage, while others see it as a benefit. It depends on how you look at a reduced size. If you do not like gardening work and play outside, a smaller yard is a benefit. If you like to work outside, this can be considered a disadvantage. Most neighborhoods have parks and schools nearby, so there is no need for a large yard for recreation.
Another benefit of a hiker is the lack of stairs. You can not consider this as a benefit now, but what if your sick mother came to stay with you or you had a new baby. These people have problems with the stairs and it can be advantageous to have the entire room on the same floor.
Also, a hike is normally rectangular or L-shaped. This means that most places are nearby. Moving quickly is much easier in a hiker. If you want to stay away from children for a few hours, you may consider this a disadvantage.
Another benefit of the rambler style home is that the rooms tend to be larger and the floor plan is very airy. With the kitchen, the dining room, the family room and the bonus room, all on the same floor, it can create larger rooms that join with other rooms. Some people appreciate this type of floor plan because it is easier to attract more people to the house for parties and receptions.
The rambler is also cheaper to build under certain circumstances. When you add floors to a building, you also increase complexity and design issues. The basic rambler is very simple in design and so special materials and engineering are not needed. This allows the house to be built faster and cheaper.
It also means that maintenance is less expensive. If you have tried to wash the outside window on the second floor, you will understand. Hanging siding is cheaper on a hiker and most other maintenance activities. You will not have to own a super big ladder to hang Christmas lights if you only live in a rambler house on one floor.
Heating and cooling costs tend to be cheaper compared to other houses. You can insulate the entire roof and the air is kept on one floor. Two-story homes often have multiple units to serve the different floors. The heat will increase and you will have to constantly try to cool the upper floors or to heat the lower floor. Maintaining a single insulated floor is much easier and cheaper.
In summary, many people consider that the rambler is boring in design. Others think that it is not as beautiful as other houses. You will need to decide what is best for you and your needs. The hiker can have advantages and detractors. However, it has been very useful for years and will continue to be used for years to come.