Not every home is suitable for every individual. This might sound like an obvious statement, but you'd be surprised by how many people go shopping for a new house without considering their needs, desires, and living requirements!
They're so dazzled by antique fireplaces and inground pools that they forget about the most important thing of all: matching their lifestyle with the right kind of home.
Thankfully, you don't have to make this mistake. You know that you can't compare two homes based on price alone and the decision has much more to do with what will complement your lifestyle. If you're in the market for a new build, spec, or quick possession home, here are just a few styles that might work for you.
Bungalow homes are low-rise, one-storey buildings that are suitable for small families and individuals. They can come with either front- or rear-attached garages, and their floor plans will vary depending on the property.
Most bungalows are limited to one or two bedrooms because of their smaller square footage, but occasionally they'll offer more. It's also common for bungalows to have "flex rooms" (or "flexible rooms") that can be customized depending on the needs of the homeowners.
The Sheffield bungalow, for example, has a generously-sized flex room at the very front of the home, which could even be transformed into the perfect guest room. Just because your home is only one storey, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice space for yourself or your visitors.
If you're young, a bungalow can serve as a great starter home. It will get you used to the demands of property ownership without requiring the commitment of a bigger, more expensive home.
If you're older, a bungalow can be a nice downsizing option after the kids have left for college. Instead of trying to fill an empty nest, you can move into a bungalow that's exactly the right size for you and your spouse. A bungalow can also be an ideal choice for pet owners since there are no stairs for your four-legged companions to tackle as they age.
All things considered, if you're looking for a small place that's easy to maintain, a bungalow-style home might be the best choice for you. It won't require tons of upkeep or expensive maintenance tasks, but it'll allow you to experience neighbourhood living like other modern homeowners.
Two-storey homes come with two storeys (don't faint from shock!). This number may or may not include a basement or attic level; you'll need to check individual floor plans if having that extra space is important to you.
The typical two-storey home looks something like this:
- First floor: foyer, kitchen, dining room, living room.
- Second floor: bedrooms, bathrooms, stair area.
Again, it's important to note that every house is different, so you should pay attention to floor plans when choosing a two-storey home. The Copithorne model offers heightened convenience with a laundry room on the top floor. The Grandview model comes with a lavish master ensuite with a full, corner soaker tub.
You'll find something unique about each Sterling model, but it will be a matter of striking the right balance between luxurious features and a functional floor plan for your family.
In terms of lifestyle, two-storey homes are popular among families and those who want to start families. The additional rooms will give you plenty of space for things like offices, workrooms and home gyms, and if you ever need a nursery, the flex areas will be most accommodating.
It's the kind of home that will grow as your family does, so it's an excellent investment for couples with big plans for the future.
Front-Attached Garage Homes
These homes have garages that are attached in front of the property. They can be any size and have any floor plan; a "front-attached garage" is simply a design feature that's highlighted for potential homeowners.
So what kind of homeowner benefits from a front-attached garage? There are many. The most obvious example is probably the busy parent or business person; if you don't have a lot of time to spend on parking, it can be very convenient to have a garage right there when you pull into the driveway.
Another reason for buying a front-attached garage is because of style. This can be especially important if you're building your own home from scratch. Since many houses have front-attached garages, you might want to "fit in" with your new neighbourhood by asking your builder for a front-attached garage.
Rear-Attached Garage Homes
The opposite of a front-attached garage is a rear-attached garage. These homes have garages integrated into the back of the property, and they're accessed through the other side of the street or through small driveways that wrap around the building.
Handymen might appreciate a rear-attached garage home that allows them to use power tools at high volumes without disturbing the rest of the neighbourhood. If you have small children that like to play on your driveway, a rear garage might encourage them to stay in the backyard and away from the busy street.
Rear garages can also make great indoor/outdoor recreation spaces when joined with unique outdoor living spaces. For example, you can hang a projector in the garage and lay out on the grass for family movie night!
The single biggest reason for buying a rear-attached garage home is what's known as "curb appeal." The front of your home will look very stylish and streamlined without a bulky garage interrupting its design. Not only can this be personally appealing to you, but it can also boost resale value when it's time to put the house on the market.
The Joffre model's rear garage is actually attached to a mudroom at the back of the home, allowing you to still enter your home directly from the garage without losing front curb appeal.
If you're only looking for a starter home or an interim home while you're on assignment for work, consider the long-term value of a rear-attached garage home.
These are just a few home styles worth considering for your next purchase. Whether you're a millennial tired of throwing away money on rent or a senior citizen looking to retire in style, there's something out there for you. You just have to find it!