Owners of one-storey houses always question themselves at a certain time on whether it is better to buy a two-storey house or to just extend their own house to have two floors. Either of these choices is within the freedom of the owner, but along with this freedom are some restrictions that the people, the community, and even the law impose.
In making two-storey house plans, Novus Homes says an owner must NEVER consider doing the following things:
Obstruct the “right to light” of neighbours
While an owner has the freedom to build a second floor or to buy a two-storey house, it is necessary that such plan must never block the “right to light” of neighbours, especially in areas where houses are close to each other. While it may sound weird that people have this right, it is, in reality, enforceable by the law in some countries.
Provide more than one bathroom in a certain floor
Having four rooms on one floor does not justify having four bathrooms too. While there are no legal requirements regarding this, it is rather practical to just have one main bathroom per floor. This is because the costs of building and cleaning one is significantly expensive.
Build as high as someone’s resources can afford
Two-storey plans are meant to provide additional comfort to the family, not to give the owner the title of having the tallest house. Some countries still have legal requirements when it comes to ceiling heights, and as such, this must be followed. This also runs counter to the right to light of neighbours.
Split certain rooms in two
Having the most efficient and practical way to access an extension or having a two-storey house is, most of the time, the most challenging plans or decisions to make. Nevertheless, rooms, which are considered to be very essential in terms of space and ventilation, must never be changed nor distorted.
Making two-storey house plans requires firm decision-making and compliance with legal requirements.