Ranch vs 2-Story Home
Generally speaking, if one is looking to build a 1,600 sqft home, which provides the better energy efficiency and less expensive route?
Having 2 levels of 800 sqft each seems like it would be better from an energy standpoint since there is less roof area and everything is compacted in a smaller pad. Cost wise there is less roof area to frame, insulate and install a roof on with a 2-story. There is probably some cost savings in flatwork and foundation with a 2-story since the footprint is smaller.
Then I read about older people disliking 2-story homes due to the stairs. Yet most homes that are built in the USA are probably 2-story homes, is that right?
Any comments would be appreciated…
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