This post is for those who are looking at real estate and trying to decide what kind of home is best for them. In a number of future posts, I will address a few different kinds of houses. In different parts of North America, and indeed, the world, there are different names for similar types of homes.
One style of home that is becoming popular for those who are maturing, is the bungalow or rancher style of house. One of the big advantages to this house is the lack of stairs. There is a ground level or slightly raised entry so that when one is in the house day to day activities can be done on one level with no stairs to climb. Because of this feature, this style of home is ideal for the aging as well as those with disabilities. Typically there is a larger great room with kitchen and bedrooms off to the side.
With all the usable rooms on the one floor, this style of house tends to have a fairly large footprint or square footage, leading to a higher cost per square foot to build. This does tend to decrease the popularity for some people. On the other hand, a larger footprint also suggests that a bungalow will be on a piece of property that is large enough to accommodate it, sometimes a larger piece than is required for a two story house. Those that own a bungalow are also quite pleased at the ease of washing outside windows.
In colder climates where the foundation needs to go down below the frost level, it sometimes makes sense to excavate just a bit deeper and make a basement at the same time. While this does add stairs, all the living needs can be on the main floor while the basement provides extra space for storage, a furnace or utility room and maybe an extra bedroom or games room. There is a bit of loss in having no stairs, but a gain in having more useable square footage.
Another item for discussion in considering a bungalow is security and privacy. Basically, if they want in, they will get in whether it is a bungalow or a two story. Today's security systems are a help in either case. As for privacy, trees and bushes can provide a greater level of privacy for a bungalow than some other styles of homes. Also, in case of an emergency, it is much quicker to find an exit, either through a door or through a window if the window is suitable for egress.
More styles of houses to come in future posts.
Bruce has been involved in a few industries though out his career. Included in these experiences are a number of years as a realtor and other industries revolving around the housing industry. As well as real estate, Bruce has had a keen interest in the wellness industry. RV's and RVing as well as camping have also played a part in Bruce's life. And like many people, when possible, travel has been an enjoyable part of life too. This blog will touch on all these areas. Enjoy!