Building a custom home in Vancouver gives you complete control over layout, size, and style. Although this can seem exciting at first, it can quickly lead to challenging questions. For first-timers, one of the toughest decisions is choosing between a single-story and a multi-story design.

The answer to this question depends on your needs, available lot space, and desired benefits. To help you decide, we have outlined some of the key aspects to consider for each building type.

Property Size

One of the main factors to consider when choosing the number of stories for a property is the available land. If you have an expansive lot, you can spread the home and create a wide single-story property with an open floor plan.

However, if you have a smaller plot of land, building a multi-story custom home is an effective way to create additional living space.


When designing a custom home in Vancouver, you must consider the short and long-term function of the property, as multi-story properties can add new challenges for younger and older residents within the house.

Another factor to consider is emergency exists. With a multi-story property, certain access points can become blocked due to a fire, earthquake, or other natural disasters.


It may come as a bit of a shock, but it can often be cheaper to build a multi-story property than a single-story property. When building a wide structure, you have to spend more on the additional foundation and roofing materials, as well as manage electrical and plumbing challenges caused by the wide layout.

As you can see, single-story and multi-story properties have their benefits and weaknesses. If you are uncertain which design is best for your family, contact Best Builders today.

Our team will work with you from start to finish to address all your concerns and create an exceptional custom home.

Best Builders has been renovating existing homes and building new ones for over 20 years. They are a multiple-award-winning builder that brings fine craftmanship to projects, turning dreams into reality. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your home project, please call us at (604) 943-2378 or email us at

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