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Two-story houses get you more living space with a smaller footprint compared to a single-story house.  That’s the appeal.  There are far more 2-story houses than single-story.  We have a very carefully selected collection of stunning 2-story house floor plans. Check them out below.

Two-Story 4-Bedroom Bungalow Home for a Narrow Lot with Balcony Loft and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,672 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom bungalow home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story bungalow home features a traditional appeal with its cedar shakes and siding, varying gable peaks, and a welcoming entry porch framed with double columns. Inside, the …

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Two-Story 5-Bedroom The Steeplechase Ranch for a Sloped Lot with Angled Garage and Wet Bars (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,776 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 5-bedroom The Steeplechase ranch. Here’s the floor plan: The Steeplechase ranch exhibits an immense curb appeal with its classic siding, stone trims, gable brackets, and a trio of dormers sitting above the angled garage. The charm is …

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5-Bedroom Modern Two-Story Farmhouse for a Slope Lot with Bonus Room and 4-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,094 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Stories: 2 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom modern two-story farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This 5-bedroom farmhouse with modern touches features a great curb appeal with its board and batten siding, metal roof accents, a multitude of windows, and a covered front …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Tuscan Home with Wraparound Porch and Balcony (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,929 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story Tuscan home. Here’s the floor plan: Clad in a stately stone and stucco siding, this Tuscan home flaunts a great curb appeal further enhanced with hipped rooflines, a cupola, and an angled garage that …

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Two-Story 1-Bedroom Eco-Cabin Nova Tiny Home with Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 524 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 1-bedroom eco-cabin Nova tiny home. Here’s the floor plan:    The eco-cabin Nova is a self-sustainable house that can be used as a recreational building or a weekend house. It is embellished with wooden siding and gable …

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Two-Story Cottage Style 2-Bedroom Kathy Cabin (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 355 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story cottage style 2-bedroom Kathy cabin. Here’s the floor plan: A touch of modern and classic combined in this two-story cottage-style cabin. It is adorned with a wooden exterior and a skillion and lean-to roof that adds character …

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Modern Two-Story 1-Bedroom Janet Tiny Home with Sleeping Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 445 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a modern two-story 1-bedroom Janet tiny home. Here’s the floor plan:  This modern tiny home features an adorable facade adorned with a wood slat exterior, a gable roof, triangular shutters, and a trellis porch that creates a warm welcome. …

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Two-Story Small 1-Bedroom Brooklyn Budget Cottage with Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 445 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 1-bedroom Brooklyn budget cottage. Here’s the floor plan:  The Brooklyn cottage is adorned with shed roofs and a horizontal wood siding accentuated with redwood trims and exposed rafters. It offers a simple yet efficient floor plan perfect …

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1-Bedroom Two-Story Jayne Garden Hut with Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Built Up Area: 270 sq.ft. / 25 m² Total Floor Area: 215 sq.ft. / 20 m² 1st. floor: 143 sq ft / 13,3 m² Loft: 72,1 sq ft / 6,7 m² L X W: 16′-9″ x 11′-6″ / 6,5 x 6,0 m DIY Building cost: $8,700 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 1-bedroom …

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1-Bedroom Country Style Two-Story Chloe Cabin with Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 278 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 1-bedroom country style two-story Chloe cabin. Here’s the floor plan:   The Chloe cabin exudes a country charm with its rustic wood cladding, a gable and shed roof, and a covered porch framed with decorative columns. Upon entry, …

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Two-Story 1-Bedroom Hailey Cabin on Stilts with Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 316 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 1-bedroom Hailey cabin. Here’s the floor plan: The Hailey cabin on stilts offers a simple yet efficient floor plan that’s eco-friendly featuring a steep shed roof equipped with plenty of solar panels. A spacious porch makes this …

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2-Bedroom Two-Story Oaklynn Barn House with Gambrel Roof and Wraparound Porch (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 762 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 2-bedroom two-story Oaklynn barn house. Here’s the floor plan:   The Oaklynn barn house exudes a traditional charm adorned with classic wood siding, an eye-catching gambrel roof, and a wraparound porch bordered with crisscross railings. An entry hall …

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Lillian Two-Story Fishing Cabin with Loft Bedroom (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 448 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for Lillian two-story fishing cabin. Here’s the floor plan: Beautiful wood siding, large windows, and a shed roof graced with exposed rafter tails embellish the Lillian fishing cabin. It features an airy porch where you can enjoy the fresh air …

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Two-Story Scandinavian Style 1-Bedroom Maja Cabin with Sleeping Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 298 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story Scandinavian style 1-bedroom Maja cabin. Here’s the floor plan: The Maja cabin exhibits a Scandinavian appeal with its steeply gabled roof and a deep blue siding accentuated with white trims. Its small footprint is perfect for those …

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1-Bedroom Two-Story Joyce Shed Guest House (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Built-Up Area: 210 sq. ft. / 19,5 m2 Total Floor Area: 218 sq. ft. / 20,3 m² Loft: 109 ft² / 10 m² Porch: 70 ft² / 6,5 m² L X W: 16′-10″ x 12′-3″ / 3,8 m x 5,2 m DIY Building cost: $8,700 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 1-bedroom two-story …

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Two-Story A-Frame 2-Bedroom Ruby Cabin with Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 530 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story A-frame 2-bedroom Ruby cabin. Here’s the floor plan: A sleek A-frame design along with an expansive glass from the windows, doors, and railings lend a modern influence to this two-story cabin. It offers an affordable floor plan …

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Elevated 2-Bedroom Beach Style Two-Story Eva Cottage with Open Living Space (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 640 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 2-bedroom beach style two-story Eva cottage. Here’s the floor plan: This 2-bedroom beach style cottage is embellished with cedar shake siding, classic shuttered windows, and skylights that bathe the interior with natural light. Covered porches from either side …

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2-Bedroom Two-Story Camila Tiny Home with Sleeping Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 347 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 2-bedroom two-story Camila tiny home. Here’s the floor plan: This tiny home offers a simple floor plan that’s perfect for a rental property or a vacation getaway. It features multiple decks that extend the home’s living space while …

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Two-Story Victorian Style 6-Bedroom Home for Sloped Lots with In-Law Suite, Bonus Room, and Wraparound Front Porch (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,898 Bedrooms: 4-6 Bathrooms: 3.5-5.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story Victorian-style 6-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story Victorian home features an impeccable facade adorned with multiple gables, stone trims, a charming turret, and a wraparound front porch. Inside, the spacious foyer is nestled …

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How many total square feet do I need?

There are advantages and disadvantages to larger homes.  The average size house is 2,500 square feet, but what is right for one family may not be best for another.  More bedrooms, bathrooms, a home office, a craft room, and a play room may sound alluring, but it costs more to heat, cool, furnish, and clean more rooms.  It often becomes more of a question of functionality instead of size.  Families who are designing homes can think about their current home.  What works and what does not, what would you change?

How many bedrooms and bathrooms are ideal?

Obviously, everyone living in the home will need a bedroom.  Also ask yourself if you plan to have more children, if so, make sure there are more rooms.  Also think about how often guests visit your home.  It is a good idea to have one or two guest rooms.  Another thing to consider is including a multipurpose room.  Make a room that can be used as a craft room or play room, but has a hideaway bed or futon ready for a guest.

It is a little trickier to decide on the number of bathrooms.  One bathroom per person is not needed, but a good minimum to consider is one bathroom per floor, plus a private bath off the primary bedroom.  Also think about if you would like a private bathroom near a guest room or a powder room located near your lounging or dining area when entertaining guests.

Which floor should the bedrooms be located on?

Think about what is ideal for your situation.  If you have small children and want to be near them, having all bedrooms on the second floor might be best.  If you are getting older, consider putting the primary bedroom on the main level so that you can limit trips upstairs.  A guest room on the main level could also be a great idea, especially if you often entertain elderly guests.

Where should the laundry room be?

The most important considerations for the location of the laundry room is access to electrical, plumbing, and ventilation.  Don’t forget the draining and ducting needed, plus the laundry room will need a sturdy and level floor.  Placing the laundry room next to a kitchen or bathroom makes use of water supply lines and drainage.  The location should also be somewhere that is close to living areas to save time doing laundry, but far enough away that the noise from the machines will not be disturbing.

Which foundation is best?

The three main types of foundations are slab, crawl space, or full basement.  There are pros and cons of all types of foundations and some are better suited for certain lot conditions or climates.  Crawl space foundations are better for dry climates and for use on sloped lots.  Slab foundations are not a good idea in cold regions, however slab foundations are more energy efficient, less expensive and are cheaper to maintain.  It is more difficult to remodel homes built on a slab, as it is difficult to reach the plumbing that becomes embedded in the concrete.  Basements can provide more living space and a shelter for extreme weather, but are susceptible to moisture and water damage.  If basements are mostly unused, they are also wasted square footage.

What special features should I consider?

A few special features to consider include vaulted ceilings, adding a pantry and mudroom, utilizing southern exposure, including outdoor living spaces, utilizing normally wasted space for storage, built in shelving, a designated home office, including his and hers closets, a central vaccuum system, extra outlets, and an expanded garage.

What is the best layout for entertainment?

An open and flowing floorplan is best for entertaining.  Think of a main floor with a great room that flows right into a custom kitchen and dining area.  It is also a great idea to have one of these spaces open up to an outdoor living area so that guests can move freely and mingle in all areas.  Also be sure to include a powder room nearby for guests to utilize when visiting your home.

What is the best place for the water heater and furnace?

When building a new home, it is a huge advantage to be able to choose where these large appliances go.  If your home will include a basement, this is a great place to create a room for the furnace and hot water heater.  If not, the garage is a nice place to include an alcove that can be designated space for these appliances.  A final option to consider is to build a utility room somewhere in the home.  This can be a joint room with laundry facilities or a separate one.  If there is no room to spare, a crawlspace or attic can be used, but are not ideal spaces.

How can this home be modified in the future?

It never hurts to leave flex space for future additions to the home.  One never knows when elderly parents or adult children may need a place to live.  Think about an unfinished basement, space above the garage, or the ability to extend out the back of the home if ever necessary.

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