2 Story House Plans

Picture of a 2 Story House

In general, 2 story house plans are more popular than single story plans because they’re a bit less expensive – per square foot, that is – to build. This is because the upper level of homes built from 2 story plans is less expensive to construct than the main level. The primary differences on the main level are the foundation, and stronger structural requirements. Two-story homes also require less land.
Quite a few of our 2 story home plans have the master suite on the main level, a popular design feature for Baby Boomers who either are – or are soon to – enter their sixties. A good number also have basements, but of course you can add or remove a basement fairly easily.

Common Characteristics of 2 Story Plans

  • Has a smaller footprint than 1 story homes with the same square footage
  • Includes all but a handful of residential styles
  • Often less expensive to heat per square foot than one story homes
  • Upper levels are usually devoted to bedrooms

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We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.