Why do you think this is?
One of the things I have really noticed since moving here, is how many more single storey homes you have than we do! In the UK these are known as bungalows and if I had to take a guess, I'd say that no more than 10% of UK housing is single storey. I have assumed it's a case of you having more space here, so it's just not necessary to build up. But maybe Americans just prefer to have a home all on one level when possible. As a former Estate Agent (Realtor) back home, I can confirm Brit's don't prefer bungalows. They tend to be viewed as the realm of the elderly and certainly they like them for ease of living. Now I am actually living in a 'bungalow', I definitely prefer it, it just makes everything much easier. Plus we are already set-up for the onset of old age!Another thing that intrigues me, is why many homes are constructed from timber, especially in a country with termites and tornadoes?! Timber homes are very rare in the UK, both surveyors and buyers view them as riskier for problems. Our home is timber construction, but was bricked over years later, another strange thing for a Brit' to digest! In this instance, I have always thought the reason it's different here must be the cost of building materials? If you were to visit the UK, I think you'd be surprised to see two storey brick homes everywhere, but that's just the norm' for us. So can you enlighten me on why you think there are so many single storey and timber homes here, or are my assumptions correct?