How to Remodel for One Level Living
Over the last few years one level living has become increasingly popular for just about every group and type of home buyer.
The flexibility of one level floor plans, or two story homes with master suites and main floor laundry rooms, are obvious to many buyers.
The function of the design is increasingly important for the aging population, and the convenience of the layout is appreciated by younger generations as well.
As a result, many people who are considering a home remodel may want to make changes to their own homes to add the option of one level living.
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What is One Level Living?
One level living means that all the necessary living facilities of the home are located on the main level without requiring the use of stairs to be accessed.
The types of homes most commonly known for offering one level living are ranch or rambler homes because they already have a one level floor plan and generally have a larger footprint.
Two story homes can often be converted to offer one level living options as well, depending on the size of the main floor and the ability to rework the existing space.
Why is One Level Living Popular?
One level living has some major perks for just about any individual or family. A home with all the living facilities on one level can be beneficial for anyone with a disability, for aging persons who want to stay in their home to age in place, single individuals or couples who desire a smaller space or more accessible home, and even families with small children who like the convenience of the design.
As we discussed in The Changing Housing Needs of Baby Boomers, our American population is aging and the impact of that on our society is a larger need for homes that offer one level living. With many people needing to or desiring to age in place, homes that offer this type of living will allow more flexibility and longevity as older adults plan for the future.
These points are not lost on those in the real estate industry either. For anyone investing in real estate or remodeling a property to be a rental, considering the popularity of one level living is also important as it increases the likelihood of the property being rented consistently by appealing to a wide range of potential tenants.
Elements needed for functional one level living:
Main floor bedroom
Main floor full bathroom
Main floor laundry
Accessibility features in and out of the house