What is the difference between a one-story, 1-1/2-story and two-story home?

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One-story homes (also called ranch and garden-level homes) are generally defined as homes with all living areas and bedrooms on one level (excluding basement). The definition of 1-1/2-story homes tends to differ, but Design Basics defines them as having two levels, with at least one bedroom, usually the master suite, on the main level and the other bedrooms on the second level. Two-story homes are generally defined as homes with all the bedrooms located on the second level. Note: Some designers and architects label any home with a second level as a two-story home.
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