Let's Talk About Style...Of Homes, That Is!

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty S44645

Have you ever wondered how the style of the homes you are considering may affect the future resale of the property?  There are so many styles out there, and each one has it's own pluses and minuses.  For example, a beautiful ranch home with only the master suite on the main level and with 3 bedrooms in the lower level may be a blessing for a family with teenagers or perfect for an empty nester that uses the lower level for a guest quarters.  Not so much for a family with young children?

What about a 2 story home with a main floor master, 2 bedrooms upstairs and 1 in the lower level.  Does this home appeal to those that crave one level living but want the traditional features of the formal living and dining room areas lacking in a ranch home?

What about the split level home?  Some of these homes have stairs up and down with sunken family rooms and only partial basements.  These home provide great flexibility for entertaining, but what about storage?  Where does all of your stuff go?

The raised ranch is an interesting one too, where the garage is under the house so you always have to climb a flight of stairs from the garage to the kitchen everytime you bring home the groceries.

The 1.5 or 1.75 story homes with the sloped ceilings and then one or two bedrooms on the main level.  Who wants the upstairs?  Is it fit for the teenage to spread out?  Or a relaxing master retreat?

There are so many things to consider.  Whether you are concerned with safety, such as inclement weather or a fire, or security of your home.  The age of your children may also be a factor.  Whether you have young children that may be afraid to be on a different level than their parents, or if you have teenagers that you are concerned with them sneaking out.....

So what do you think?  Whether you have children or not in your household, you really do need to consider the resale value of your perspective home.  Future buyers will make the same considerations someday when you put your home on the market. 

You should also consider what is typical for your neighborhood.  What about your demographics?  Are you in close proximity to an elementary school?  What about a high school?  When you are building a home, these are important considerations unless you are planning to live there forever!  I would love to know your thoughts on such an interesting topic.  It seems that there are many homes currently on the market that seem to stay on the market much longer than expected.  It all comes down to perceptions, doesn't it?

Keep smiling!



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My husband and I have had many different types of homes. Our first home had the master on the main floor and the kids rooms upstairs. I was happy with that floor plan until we had a lightning storm. The kids always ended up in our bedroom. We also owned a home in Arizona where the bedrooms were all on the same floor but separated by the kitchen and living room. We always felt we had to keep the television turned down really low in the evening after the kids were tucked in bed. I remember feeling like the kids didn't really have their own space there. We are most pleased with the floor plan we currently have. Our master is on the main floor along with the great kitchen room and the living room. Or children have rooms downstairs along with their own bathroom and "their" family room. We never have to turn the tv down low at night. We are free to make noise in the kitchen with dishes or watch movies loudly or even do a load of laundry. And in the event of a storm, my kids rarely wake up. It is very quiet in the lower level. It's very cozy. The more I hear about towns being leveled by tornados, I am very grateful my kids are downstairs. I know they are safe. I know that sometimes you do not have much of a warning before a storm hits. It is such piece of mind knowing my kids are safe and sound already. :)
Apr 25, 2012 04:01 PM #1

I considered all types/styles of houses when I purchased my first home as I heard from family and friends what they recommended I purchase.  Some said that a two story would be good since they have a majority of the bedrooms on the second level and thus safer to have the kids bedrooms up there.  The downside was that for a Generation X, most two stories come with 2 living rooms or formal dining room that I would never use to the fullest.  The other downside with a two story in my mind is that the basement footprint is smaller.  This is important for someone who wants a man cave/recreation area along with another bedroom, which was important to me (it is great for to have living space in the basement during the summer since it is naturally cooler).  Besides the inside of the house, I considered the outside.  I consider myself handy around the house and would not hesitate to do repairs around the house.  I am much more comfortable being on the roof of a single story vs a two story for example.  So it is obvious that for I picked a ranch house for my needs.  I do prefer that the master be separated from the other bedrooms so that the kids can be on the same floor, but if there is a storm/nightmare, the kids are not far away.  I am not concerened about waking up the kids with a loud tv since by the time they are ready for bed, I am usually finishing up work either down stairs or in the bedroom.


Apr 25, 2012 04:38 PM #2
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist
Thank you both for adding to the comments! You both bring up valid points when choosing a home. I think that if you plan to live in the home for a long time, you consider how you live in it instead of being concerned with the resale value. Right now, it seems like there are many higher priced homes on the market that have a contemporary floor plan with the master on the main level and rest of the bedrooms down in order to appeal to the empty nesters that would like everything on one level but still have comfortable and private spaces for guests. Great discussion!
Apr 25, 2012 05:11 PM #3
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