Are you thinking to buy a home and wondering what style meets your needs?
- Bungalow homes consist of a large main floor and large basement (no upper level). The master bedroom, kitchen and living room is on the main floor. The basements typically consist of a large rec room and possibly more bedrooms. The benefits of a bungalow are the majority of the living space is on the main floor which is great for people with limited mobility.
- Bi-level homes are distinguished by an entry that opens to a staircase leading to each floor. The upper floor has bedrooms and the kitchen. The great thing about bi-levels are the large windows in the basement. The benefits of a bi-level are all the natural light in the downstairs so you do not feel like you are in a basement.
- Modified bi-level homes still have the entry that opens to a stair case. The main floor typically consists of the kitchen, living room and spare bedrooms. They have a large master bedroom built over the attached garage. The basements still have a large windows. The benefit of a modified bi-level is the separation of the master bedroom, which is great for families with older children.
- 2-storey homes are the most popular style now. They can be built on smaller lots but still have the sqft a large family needs. The kitchen and living area are on the main floor. The upper floor consists of all bedrooms and possible a bonus room. The basements are typically smaller with a living space and possibly another bedroom. The benefit of a 2-storey is the separation of the main living area to the bedrooms, which is great for families with young children.
- Split level homes can have 3, 4 or 5 levels, which are separated by short staircases. On the main floor, typically is the kitchen and living room. Upper floors consist of bedrooms, as you go into the lower levels you may have another bedroom with a living space. The basement usually consists of a laundry room with a storage room. The benefits of split levels is that everyone will have their own space.