If you’re building a new custom home in the gorgeous sunshine state, you’ve got a lot to think about. So, when it comes to your building plans, which should you choose: a single story or two story home? The answer might vary depending on who you ask and is likely different based on each homeowners needs. To help you make this important decision, we’ve listed a few points to consider as you begin your plan.


OK so this one might be a little cliché, but it does apply to most considerations when building a home. When people build homes in Florida, they’re often building close to the beach where real estate is expensive and hard to come by. If you find yourself in a tightly packed neighborhood, you might have no choice but to build up instead of out.

If you’re building near the beach, you’ll almost always want to build a multi-story home. You’re much more likely to catch a glimpse of the water or sand with a higher reaching house. Plus, an ocean view can demand a much higher sales price if you ever decide to put your home on the market.


On the flip side, if you’re building inland in Florida, you might want to build a single story home. Florida is notoriously warm, with scorching summers and warm winters. Hot air rises, so keeping your home only one story can cut down on your cooling bill and help the whole house feel more comfortable. Single story homes can also fare better with hurricane-like conditions. Homes with two or more stories catch more wind. Taller houses are at a greater risk of damage from whipping winds and flying opjects.


Not only does Florida have a large elderly and retired population, but so does the rest of America. Many older folks can’t handle making trips up and down stairs. So the best solution is to build an easily accessible one story home. As baby boomers continue to grow old and retire, they’re likely to migrate down to Florida. Opting for only one story is a great way to appeal to the increasing older population and make it easier to sell down the road.


However you decide to build your next custom home, set yourself up for success with Markley Construction. To see samples of our work, visit our gallery or send us an email at [email protected].