Torn between constructing a single storey and multi-storey home?

Today we offer you with seven (7) advantages of remaining at ground level rather than moving up.

It is cheaper to build flat. Fewer materials are used when building a single storey home compared to one with additional floors. Labor costs and professional fees are also cheaper when building a single storey home.

Single storey homes are more efficient in regards to space and time. Stairs take up valuable space from the total area of the home. In addition a shorter timeframe is taken when constructing a single storey home compared to a multi-storey home, because less work has to be put into the project.

If you plan on expanding your home later on in life the best decision to make is to build flat (if you have adequate land). It is also cheaper to expand at ground level rather than adding an additional floor. When expanding upwards be sure to get engineering input to ensure its safe and built to code.

Maintenance is easier accomplished with a single storey home. Plumbing pipes, electrical installation and the entire building on a whole is easier to maintain. Pipes can be removed at ease or replaced if needed, unlike a multi-storey home where they may be embedded into the concrete.

Single storey homes are more accommodating towards children, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Stairs poses safety concerns for individuals who may have difficulty moving up and down as they can easily trip and fall. Disabled persons, especially those wheelchair bound will need constant maneuvering to be taken around the home.

In case of emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, etc. a single storey home is more beneficial in that it allows for evacuations to occur at ease, seeing that you are already on the ground floor. In a single storey home you are closer to the main entrance/exit of the home and you can easily jump through a window.

A single storey home is also easier to move in. It is easy to just place furniture, appliances and décor in their designated room when they carried inside without having to worry about how you are going to get them up the stairs.

If you need any clarification on this topic, feel free to email us at Written by Garn Todd Joseph Website & Advertising Assistant for the Millenia Group of Companies

A garage is one of many types of rooms within a home that is not commonly found here in Dominica for a number of reasons.

For one, an individual or family may not see it as a necessity to have a garage if they do not own a vehicle or if they do not plan on buying one anytime soon. Another reason is that due to size of the land available for building, individuals may feel that a garage may be a waste of space.

Because of these reasons the idea to add a garage to one’s house plan seems like more of a burden than a blessing, however, there are many benefits to having a garage space. In this article we share with you today, we will look at a few of them.

Vehicle Storage: Keeping your vehicle outdoors makes it more susceptible to grime and damage. Also the direct impact of the sun makes inside vehicles extremely hot and uncomfortable when it’s ready for use. Storing your vehicle in a garage offers greater protection.

Vehicle Maintenance: A garage space can be used to repair vehicles (rebuilding engines, replacing brakes, etc.) without interruption. If this is a skill that you have, the space can create an avenue for either fulltime or part-time employment.

Storage Room: A well designed garage can be used for many household functions apart from vehicle use. A garage can be the ideal space to store items that take up unnecessary space within the living areas of the home. Even if there is a vehicle taking up floor space, shelving can be installed along the walls to store items.

Workshop/Office: If you are into carpentry, art or other forms of trade the garage space can the perfect place to put your abilities into practice. Also if you frequently work from home and do not already have plans to add a home office to your home design a garage space can offer the perfect solution.

Living Space: While your family grows over time finances may not make it possible for your home to grow as well. If you already have a garage space built, it can easily be converted into a new living space (bedroom, living room, etc.) to create additional space.

Therefore while it may be difficult or even impossible to add a garage space to serve its main purpose of vehicle storage you can still have the room built to serve another purpose.

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Written by Garn Todd Joseph Website & Advertising Assistant for the Millenia Group of Companies