Your preferred floor plan may be a cottage. Bungalows are easier to remodel, convert, and add on to than two-story homes since they don't have a second storey floating above them. In many circumstances, a bungalow may subsequently be expanded to include a second level.
Bungalows were originally built with only one floor for ease of construction and because most people lived in the country then, where there was no need for more than one level. But over time, some builders began including a second floor over the garage as well. These "bungalow/garages" are popular among older homeowners who like the idea of being able to walk up to their house instead of having to go through their backyard. They're also great if you have children who's schools don't allow for a basement. The extra floor allows for plenty of room to spread out while still being able to keep an eye on your kids.
These days, many new bungalows are being built with two floors as standard. The main reason for this is that it makes moving into the home easier for elderly parents or other relatives who might not be able to climb several flights of stairs each time they visit.
But despite the fact that many newer bungalows have two floors, that doesn't mean you can't still find ones with only one. It's just that they are becoming increasingly rare.
To begin with, a bungalow necessitates a considerably broader lot footprint than a two-story, which allows for a larger home on a smaller, often less expensive lot. Furthermore, a bungalow may be a more expensive alternative owing to a larger base and larger roof, whereas a two-story has fewer roof surfaces to maintain. On the other hand, a two-story house can be built for less money because you don't have the extra materials required for a bungalow's exterior walls.
Also, a two-story house can be built in less time because you don't need to wait for the subfloor to dry before you start building the rest of the floor. With a bungalow, this is not possible because the floors are built separately.
So, overall, a two-story house is generally cheaper to build because you aren't dealing with the additional material costs of a bungalow. The only times when a bungalow might make sense is if you want a large home on a small plot of land or if you have enough money to spend on such extras.
Adding a second storey to a bungalow is an excellent method to increase space, frequently doubling the floor area without increasing the footprint. A full second storey requires planning approval, but a loft conversion or dormer roof expansion does not (which may be permitted development). You can also add rooms by extending into an existing room or building a new one. See our guide to bedroom sizes for more information.
The easiest way to add space without redoing the whole house is by doing a "bungalow upgrade". This involves adding bedrooms and bathrooms on top of the existing structure. You can also add living room/solarium combinations, kitchen/family rooms, etc. The only real limit is your own imagination and what your budget allows.
Second-storey additions usually require structural repairs to support additional weight, so make sure to have these done by a qualified contractor before you start work.
These are just some of the many ways you can expand your bungalow. As you can see, it's easy to grow your family in a small space, you just need to think outside the box a little bit.