Tell me why I should build a 2 story?
My dream house is a 1 1/2 story with full basement. I love the idea of a pretty staircase. I also love the idea that my 2 girls could have their own floor (son would be in walkout basement). However, I am really fighting with myself about the necessity of that second floor. I am guessing that it would cost about 60K, as I would do 2 bedrooms, shared bath, and above garage bonus room. In addition, even though my baby is only 3 1/2 now, 10 years after we get done building, I will nearly be an empty nester. That leaves a whole floor rarely used!
If I don't do the second story, I would (most likely) do ICF walkout basement. I would put the 3 kids rooms downstairs, with a rec room/kitchenette area, and additional mudroom/laundry. I have no doubt that the basement rooms would be any less nice than the "average" second story bedroom. We will also have a 2,000 square foot "fun" barn with pool table, etc. In addition a creek, garden, and other farm stuff, so my kids would not be deprived.
Practically speaking, it makes so much sense...cheaper, less cleaning, only having one floor of kids rooms to check for disasters, girls wouldn't need to go down 2 flights of stairs to get to our "backyard", less cleaning, lower property taxes, less heating/cooling.....
But will I regret not having that second story? I guess I am not really doing anything that different than someone who builds a 2 story on a slab. I know I don't want my kids on the main floor, so that is out :). I just worry about being too logical and not getting what I really want. (Although, I would feel less guilty about adding up to 200 more sq ft to main floor footprint!).
Would love to hear your thoughts!