Maximise Space and Views with a 2 Storey House Plan

Why Choose a 2 storey house plan?

There are many reasons why choosing a 2 storey house plan over a single level can make both practical and economic sense. Landmark Homes has multiple ‘ready to build’ 2 storey house plans where the upstairs areas are tucked into the roofline giving the homes the distinctive look that Landmark is so well known for. There are also design options that almost look like a single storey house but in fact have a second floor. As with all Landmark homes, any Ready to Build standard plan can be customised, or a custom design can be created from scratch using our unique Design & Build service.
Our designs achieve a special style of ‘tucking the upstairs in’, whereby rather than having a full two-storey rise on the outside walls, resulting in a tall house look, the upstairs area is positioned inside the roofline. The intent is to give the home a substantial ‘roofy’ look and superb aesthetic, while also providing a private getaway space.
Debbie Clarke, Landmark Homes Co-Founder

What are the benefits of a two storey home?

You can maximise your indoor and outdoor living spaces with a 2 storey house plan Choosing a 2 storey Landmark house plan allows you to maximise your indoor living space without taking up valuable land, especially if your section or building site is small. By building up, you can still enjoy the spaciousness of a large home without it encroaching on your valuable outdoor areas like courtyards, patios or garden. You can create separate family areas with upstairs and downstairs living We all know that teenagers need their own space as much as parents do. That’s where a 2 storey Landmark house plan can make a huge difference in creating separate family areas through split level living. For example, the teenager’s retreat can be upstairs away from the open plan living/dining/kitchen spaces on the ground level, or vice versa. You can capture the views from the second storey The benefit of having a range of 2 storey house plan options available is that you can choose a Landmark house design that’s going to suit the most important features of your section, like the views. If your views need to be captured from a second level, then having your living and entertaining areas upstairs is key. You can also choose to locate your master suite on the same level so you can enjoy the views from the time you wake up to when you go to bed. You can gain privacy from the neighbours Building your new home in a subdivision can mean that maintaining privacy from the neighbours and foot traffic on shared pathways can be challenging. You might want to consider choosing a 2 storey Landmark house plan with the bedroom areas on the second floor to provide increased privacy. This layout also has the advantage that visitors’ only see your tidy living areas and not the kid’s messy bedrooms! You can increase the street appeal of your home with a 2 storey house plan design It’s well known that street appeal is an important factor in increasing the value of your home. The beauty of a 2 storey house plan is that it has more design features that are viewable from the road than a single storey. For example, you don’t just see the garage door, front door or a single window but instead you get to appreciate the architecture of the whole house from eye level.

Now you know the benefits, here’s some inspiration from some of Landmark Homes most popular 2 storey Ready to Build house plans…

This beautiful 2 storey home has 3.5m high ceilings in the family and dining area to create amazing space and light. The separate living room on the ground floor opens to the outdoors with a generous pergola providing year round outdoor entertainment with protection from the weather. Also situated on the ground floor is the master suite enabling single level living for a couple. The upstairs floor offers a third living space where the kids can entertain friends or you can locate a study in a quiet area of the house. Also on the second floor are three generous sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. View the floor plan here.
If you love lots of glass then you’ll love the elegant design of this 2 storey compact, modern townhouse. It has floor to ceiling windows to let maximum light in, and extended walls and louvered panels over the front door and porch area to increase its street appeal. The well laid out first floor contains the living areas, with the dining room leading to a covered outdoor area for year round entertainment. It’s the perfect design for a small section where privacy is as important as having lots of warmth and sunlight flooding into your home. View the floor plan here.
If you have a large family or simply like lots of space then the Classic 2 storey design is sure to tick all the right boxes. The upstairs area contains the master suite with large bedrooms wrapping around the family room making it ideal for split level living where the teenagers can entertain friends or have their own lounge upstairs away from the adult living areas below. Downstairs there’s a fifth bedroom and bathroom that can be used for guests in addition to where the main living areas are located. The modern kitchen has the added benefit of a walk-in pantry and the 2 storey design enables lots of features to be packed into a relatively small footprint making it ideal for smaller sections. View the floor plan here.

If you’re passionate about entertaining, want to house a big family, and love a modern aesthetic, then you will love the Kano two storey plan – which originated as a stunning showhome in Hobsonville, Auckland.



This contemporary design features a spectacular open-plan kitchen and living area, which opens to alfresco entertaining on two sides. A separate media room and spacious master bedroom suite complete the picture downstairs, with a luxe ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. The upper level is all for family accommodation – with a further three double bedrooms, study nook, and bathroom.

View the floor plan here.

The Omokoroa design is inspired by the coastal feel of a Hamptons home, and based on Tauranga’s stunning current show home. If you love a classic, timeless style you will love this home. 



Downstairs offers a long, wide open plan living, dining and kitchen area – with high pitch sloping ceilings and exposed rafters to create a real wow factor. Floor to ceiling sliding doors open onto a covered outdoor area perfect for al fresco entertaining. On the same level there are two bedrooms, a large bathroom and separate powder room (which could be an ideal private area for guests or sleeping area for kids). 



The master suite is upstairs on its own, offering privacy from the rest of the house – and featuring a walk-in wardrobe robe and ensuite.

View the floor plan here.
This brand new ready to build design is a two-storey, three-bedroom modern and sleek home featuring a unique layout that is perfect for small sites. Upstairs features an open plan living, dining and kitchen area – along with a guest powder room, master suite, and a spacious balcony for al fresco dining or lounging. 

 Downstairs is perfect for dual/split living arrangements. With internal access to the garage and laundry, two bedrooms and a large fully equipped bathroom, this layout provides a private space for guests for guests, or a separate sleeping area for kids. View the floor plan here.

Looking for a custom designed and built two storey home?

Check out this award-winning home built in Taranaki.
This stunning home – built by Landmark Homes Taranaki – was awarded Regional Category Winner and Gold Reserve in the 2019 Registered Master Builders House of the Year New Home $600,000 – $750,000 category. The home was built on a steep and narrow section. So, it was a tricky site to access. But the owners couldn’t be happier with the results… “The master bedroom is the real gem. Along with a large ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, there’s something very special about being able to sit up in bed and see through the living area to the sea.” To say Carol and Barry love their new home would be an understatement. “It was far beyond our wildest dreams. You hear these horror stories about building, but that was never the case,” says Carol.

You can see all our Ready to Build House plans including 15 more 2 storey options here.

How much does a Landmark 2 storey home cost to build?

Our Landmark Ready to Build homes range in price depending on your location and design features and start from $480,000 If you’re looking for advice about your next home, get in contact with one of our team today. They can talk you through some of our house plan options once they know your location, land, and budget.

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