How Tall a 2-Storey House Should Be?

This is a 2-storey house located in Germany. Germany is one of the richest countries in the world, so much so that even the poorer people in Germany have better access to a wider variety of food and nutrition. Clean water, antibiotics, healthcare, and  treatment are all available to Germans in greater quantities, so on average, Germans are taller than most people. Due to that reason, I’m going to use it as an example to answer the question “how tall a 2-storey house should be?”

German 2-storey house

German 2-storey house


Commonly, we would see the average 2-storey houses being 4 meters (13 feet) tall. Why would a 2-storey house should be 13 feet in height? Having asked various people, most of their answers are a variety of “I want a multiple storey house but I want the main bedroom to be on the bottom floor because I don’t want to walk upstairs everyday.”

Please pay attention to the picture above. The height of the German 2-storey house is no more than 3 meters (10 feet). Of course in an only 10 feet tall house, you won’t be tired from walking up the stairs frequently. You need to know that the taller the house the longer and more expensive it will take to build the house. If the walls aren’t so tall, imagine how much outcome you can cut from your budget. The taller than average Germans only need 10 feet 2-storey house; what about most people who aren’t as tall as Germans? Their 2-storey house should be less than 10 feet. Those extra budget could be allocated for other things such as finer furniture for the house.

So when your 2-storey house is not too tall, putting the master bedroom on the upper floor will be perfectly fine. But why should you put your main bedroom on the floor above? Simple, it affords you a lot more privacy that way.

In the picture below, both the main bedroom and the children’s bedroom are placed on the upper floor. The empty room below is used as an office (if needed, it can be an extra bedroom for the children, the guest bedroom, or storage room). Consider the designs below for while you ponder further how tall a 2-storey house should be:


There are a lot of advantages you can get if your 2-storey house is not too tall (only 10 feet). Two big ones would be:

  1. You’ll save a lot of cost for room air conditioning since the room volume isn’t too large.
  2. You’ll find it easier whenever you need to clean the ceiling or change the light bulbs since the wall height is not too out of your reach.


Another examples of a 2-storey house.

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