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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.