There are many benefits to two story homes in terms of design and function.  Two full levels of living space offer flexibility for a variety of families.  Bedrooms can be located on the second floor, or split between the first and second floors.  Guest suites can be segregated from the family living space allowing for privacy. The foot print of a two story home is typically smaller than that of a ranch, offering additional square footage without having to increase the size of your property.