In the past, I used to think the best house floor plan for a family with young kids was all on a single floor. The house would have 700 or more square feet per person and be spread out over a large lot. However, with many parents now working from home, I’ve changed my mind.

My original thinking was that with a house all on one floor, there would be fewer to no steps to trip over and cause potential injury. Further, parents could more easily keep an eye on their kids if the floorplan was more open and on one floor.

However, I live in San Francisco where land is extremely expensive. Thus, having a good-sized home all on one floor is uneconomical. As a homeowner, you would be foolish not to build at least two levels or more if you can afford it.

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