One and a half storey house design: How to get it right

one and a half storey home with slate roof
(Image credit: Simon Burt)

One and a half storey houses have so much to offer their owners and can often be the ideal solution for those struggling to overcome strict planning rules. That said, this can be one of the most difficult house styles to get right. 

Also sometimes referred to as dormer bungalows, one and a half storey homes usually provide generous living spaces on the ground floor, with bedrooms located in the roof space. They are often created from existing single storey properties by those seeking extra space without extending outwards. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.