1-1/2 Story House Plans - 1-1/2 Story Home Plans - One and a Half Story House Plans
1-1/2 story homes and house plans trace their origins to the picturesque cottages of the early European countryside that have been updated and adapted by Americans over the past 300 years to reflect regional sensibilities. 1-1/2 story houses are simple structures often with symmetrical lines, a central door, and evenly spaced windows. They are two stories high, but the second floor in typically inside the roof or partially inside the roof with dormer windows. A one and half story house invites you in with a front porch or a wrap-around veranda with a sloped roof line. Although this is not always true. We have placed what many people would consider a two story house, into the category of 1-1/2 story house because more than half of the second floor living space is inside the roof area.
Building characteristics and property considerations:
A 1-1/2 Story is a two story house where the garage and foyer floors are at the same height as the main floor and the second floor is mainly placed inside the roof area. The 1-1/2 Story home has several property options...
If the water table is low and the land is flat you can put the foundation in the ground 6 to 7 foot, this will require little to no fill sand. This option will cost you less money for several reasons, but does not lend itself to a usable lower lever living area. Resale could be touch.
If you want to raise the home out of the ground 4 foot you can get daylight windows in the lower level. Lots or properties with a slope to the rear of the property are best suited for daylight or walkout lower levels. However, if your property is flat, this option will cost more to bring fill dirt in and placed around the front and sides of the house, inside the garage and driveway. There is also more cost to adding windows and wood walls to the basement. But considering the living space you gain, the lower level can be finished for less than half the cost of space finished above grade.