One-story future?

One-story future?

Jonathan
Jun 18, 2007

Living single? Single-story that is... Over the weekend, there was an interesting piece in the OC Register, entitled "Flashes of the future home." The article highlighted some trends that some consultants are predicting on what our homes will be like in the future. "The home of the future will be more open, integrated, green, and casual." One of the predictions is to look for more one-story homes, "almost like a ranch-house typology. It's more versatile for the elderly and better for the young professional in terms of quickness and expediency."
Most new housing developments in Southern California start at a minimum of two stories, with many at three or four. It seems this is usually a result of builders wanting to maximize space to be able to fit more homes, so building up is a common solution. Having a one story home, or returning to the "ranch-house" style would require more land to build on. So we are wondering, if you were to buy a new home, would you consider a one story home? Would there be any conditions it would need to have if you did? Or is a multi level home better? Do you see any benefits to a one story home as opposed to a multi level or vice versa?
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