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Don’t like stairs? We don’t blame you. While single-story houses have a bigger footprint, you don’t have to hustle up and downstairs.  Stroll through comfortably to every room of the house.  Here are many terrific single-story floor plans.

3-Bedroom Modern Single-Story Cottage with Side-Entry Garage and Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,283 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom modern single-story cottage. Here’s the floor plan: A beautiful blend of stucco and horizontal lap siding embellishes this 3-bedroom modern cottage. It includes a side-loading garage and a covered front porch topped with a large …

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Single-Story 3-Bedroom Hill Country Home for a Wide Lot with Open Concept Design (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,680 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 3-bedroom hill country home. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story hill country home boasts a sprawling floor plan with an open concept layout designed for a wide lot. A covered front porch welcomes you into …

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New American Style 5-Bedroom Single-Story Ranch with Open Floor Plan and Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,800 Bedrooms: 3-5 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a New American style 5-bedroom single-story ranch. Here’s the floor plan:    This New American style ranch radiates a country charm with its board and batten siding, ribbed metal roofs, stone accents, a shed dormer, and a …

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Single-Story Modern 3-Bedroom Cottage Ranch with Open Living Space and Double Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,264 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story modern 3-bedroom cottage ranch. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of stone and stucco adorn this 3-bedroom modern cottage ranch. It features a double garage that accesses the home through the mudroom. Upon entry, you’ll …

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Country Style 3-Bedroom Single-Story Rustic Home with Bonus Room Above the Side-Loading Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,199 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a country style 3-bedroom single-story rustic home. Here’s the floor plan: A blend of brick and stone siding, cedar shake accents, and wood shutters add a rustic appeal to this 3-bedroom country home. The house features multiple …

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Single-Story Mid-Century Modern 3-Bedroom Home with Covered Porch and Open Living Area (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,306 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story mid-century modern 3-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This mid-century modern home features an exquisite charm with its horizontal and vertical wood siding, raised-seam metal roofs, corner windows, and an inviting covered porch. The living room, dining …

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3-Bedroom Transitional Single-Story Home with Courtyard and Covered Porch (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,054 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom transitional single-story home. Here’s the floor plan: Graceful gables, steep rooflines, decorative arches, and stone accents adorn this 3-bedroom transitional home. It features a large private courtyard that provides great outdoor entertaining. The courtyard opens …

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Single-Story 5-Bedroom European Home with Open Living Space and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,565 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 5-bedroom European home. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story European home boasts an impeccable charm with its stone and siding, steep hip and valley roofs, arched dormers, and a clipped gable over the double garage. …

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Rustic Single-Story 3-Bedroom Modern Farmhouse with Side-Entry Garage and Upstairs Flex Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,425 Bedrooms: 2-3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a rustic single-story 3-bedroom modern farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This modern farmhouse shows off a rustic charm with its board and batten siding, metal roof accents, and a large shed dormer that adds character to the …

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Country Style Single-Story 3-Bedroom Simple Home for a Narrow Lot with Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,296 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a country style single-story 3-bedroom simple home. Here’s the floor plan: This country style cottage features a simple floor plan with open concept living that promotes comfortable living and increased family bondings. Its 34′ 8″ width makes …

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Single-Story Contemporary 3-Bedroom Cottage with Open Living Space and Side-Loading Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,932 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story contemporary 3-bedroom cottage. Here’s the floor plan: Attractive wood siding, stone skirting, metal roofs, and expansive windows adorn this 3-bedroom contemporary cottage. A covered front porch with glazed and multi-slide stacking doors welcomes you into …

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Traditional Style Single-Story 6-Bedroom Home with Flex Room and 3-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,394 Bedrooms: 3-6 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a traditional style single-story 6-bedroom-home. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story home has a traditional appeal with its board and batten siding, brick accents, gable rooflines, and rustic timbers that highlight the entry porch. Inside, the great …

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New American Style 3-Bedroom Single-Story Ranch with Wraparound Front Porch and Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,121 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a New American style 3-bedroom single-story ranch. Here’s the floor plan: This New American ranch features an impeccable facade with stone and siding, metal roofs, shuttered windows, and a wraparound entry porch adorned with a large central …

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Single-Story Transitional 5-Bedroom Farmhouse with Side-Loading Garage and Open Living Space (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,486 Bedrooms: 2-5 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story transitional 5-bedroom farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This transitional farmhouse is adorned with horizontal siding, stone accents, and decorative wood trims accentuating the windows and the covered entry porch. Inside, an entry hallway ushers you …

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Single-Story 4-Bedroom Farmhouse Ranch for a Wide Lot with Two Bonus Rooms and Covered Porches (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,638 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 4-bedroom farmhouse ranch. Here’s the floor plan: This farmhouse ranch exudes a country charm with its board and batten siding, ribbed metal roofs, and expansive porches in the home’s front and rear maximizing views and …

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Single-Story 6-Bedroom Modern Home with Flex Rooms and Basement Options (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,550 Bedrooms: 1-6 Bathrooms: 3.5-4.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 6-bedroom modern home. Here’s the floor plan: Stately stucco exterior, slanted rooflines, a large shed dormer, and a sleek entry supported by concrete pillars bring an immense curb appeal to this single-story modern home. Inside, …

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Country Style Single-Story 3-Bedroom Barndominium with Open Living Space and Wraparound Porch (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,758 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a country style single-story 3-bedroom barndominium. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story barndominium shows off a country appeal with its board and batten siding, stone accents, and a wraparound porch that provides views on three sides of …

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3-Bedroom Single-Story Transitional Home with Courtyard Entry Garage and Covered Lanai (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,114 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom single-story transitional home. Here’s the floor plan: This transitional home boasts an exquisite facade graced with stone and stucco siding, low-pitched hip roofs, deep overhangs, and a covered entry lined with stone pillars. Upon entry, …

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Single-Story Transitional Style 3-Bedroom Farmhouse with Covered Porches and Finished Basement (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,400 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story transitional style 3-bedroom farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan:   A blend of vertical and horizontal siding, brick chimney, and timber accents, embellish this single-story transitional style farmhouse. A covered porch welcomes you into the foyer. It then …

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Single-Story 3-Bedroom New American Ranch with Front and Back Porches (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,615 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 3-bedroom New American ranch. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story New American ranch features a well-thoughtful floor plan that provides everything you need on one floor. It has front and back porches for added living …

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FAQ

How much do single-story homes cost per square feet (approximately)?

Building a single-story home costs less than building a multi-story one, but it still varies depending on your building location, the foundation type used, and whether you include a basement. You will pay about $100 to $200 per square foot using a slab foundation, according to HomeAdvisor. Although you might consider a stilt home a two-story, only the living area counts as a story, so you can build this popular coastal home that uses piers, pilings, or posts, to erect a flood smart home. This foundation adds about $20,000 to $60,000 to the building costs. Construction in areas with a high cost of living, such as a lake or coastal community, and large cities, costs about $400 per square foot. Four items influence building costs – the price of the plat or lot, home design, the materials, and labor costs.

Are there single-story floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

You can build a single-story home with a detached garage, carport, drive under parking, as well as no parking option. At ArchitecturalDesigns.com, you have about 13,000 one-story home plans from which to choose. Of those, about 1,000 have no parking cover and an equal number uses an alternative to an attached garage. About 500 come with detached garages.

Does a single-story house usually come with a garage?

Most home designs – about 11,000 – come with an attached garage, a design feature that became popular in the 1950s. These typically come with a two- or three-car garage, but styles range in size. Available designs feature garages that accommodate one to more than five vehicles. Some designs provide indoor parking for an RV.

Is the single-story considered a grand or lux style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

The single-story home provides a versatile option. It can be built as a tiny house, starter home, mid-sized home, or a mansion. You can obtain ready to build plans in sizes ranging from 108 to 12,445 square feet. In some cases, the plan counts a lofted area over a garage as a single-story design, so there are stairs. Other designs feature no steps whatsoever and no garage.

Is single-story ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

You can build a tiny house in many designs available at ArchitecturalDesigns.com. Examples include a Swiss ski chalet measuring just 300 square feet, a modern home with flat roof and patio measuring 312 square feet, or a studio home with a covered vaulted ceiling porch that also measures 312 square feet. Enjoy 207 plan choices of 999 heated square feet or less.

Can single-story floor plans be open concept?

Many one-story homes use an open design for the kitchen/dining/living room area. Most tiny houses use an open floor plan throughout. Only the bathroom gets separated from the rest of the home by walls.

What are popular single-story colors?

You can paint a single-story home any color you desire. Homage the John Mellencamp song, “Pink Houses,” or homes on Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC. Whether bright or pastel, subdued or faddish, you can choose colors to suit your personality.

Can you build a single-story house on a narrow lot?

A single-story home is the perfect type to build on a narrow lot. You can find more than 800 plans for a single-story house on a narrow lot. These designs vary in size from 108 heated square feet to a little more than 4,000 square feet. Most include an attached garage.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

Wide and standard lots prove most common and so does locating a single-story home on one. You have more than 13,000 possibilities at Architectural Design.

Can single-story homes be built on a sloping lot?

Although building on a sloping lot can provide a challenge, you can build a single-story house on one. Choose from more than 1,600 designs ranging between the 576 to 12,445 square feet.

Do single-story homes have a basement?

Many single-story homes feature either a crawlspace or basement. Some sloped lot designs embed the basement into the slope. Although you might count the basement as another story, architecture does not. The floors in a home refer to heated living space.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

About one-sixth of the designs at ArchitecturalDesign.com offers a bonus room, a multi-use room that you can designate as a theater room, playroom, office, guest bedroom, or anyone of another uses. The design options available come to nearly 2,400 choices.

Do single-story floor plans come with energy-efficient options?

Choose from 178 energy-efficient home designs with only one-story. Also called net-zero ready designs, these save you 50 percent on your monthly utility costs. Sizes range between tiny houses of 242 heated square feet to mid-sized homes of 4,388 heated square feet.

Is a porch a common design feature with single-story homes?

Porches of many designs are a common feature of one-story homes. They may have an open-air or enclosed porch, a lanai, veranda, or a patio. Some designs include an outdoor kitchen with the patio or lanai design.

What types of roof does single-story house typically have?

You can build a one-story home with the roof style of your choice. The options include a flat roof, low-pitch,  pitched truss roof. You can even find barn style designs with tin roofs. The flat and low-pitch designs typically use a pitch of 3:12 or less, while the pitched truss roof designs use a 6:12 or 7:12 pitch.

Does single-story work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Since one-story designs come in a variety of exterior designs and interior layouts, you can find a design to suit any interior design personality. You can use a rustic, contemporary, nautical, American country home, austere, Shaker, craftsman style, or any other interior decorating theme you like.