Split-level houses are a home design style quickly becoming one of the most popular. Though they are technically only two stories high, the term split-level house refers to any home with two or more levels in addition to its base level. The levels of a split-level house are connected by a set of stairs which typically have one or more landings.
Also known as tri-level homes, split-level houses are designed to allow homeowners to maximise their limited space. Let’s take a tour.
What defines a split-level house?
A split-level house is not the same as a two-story house. Although they are similar, a split-level home arranges the space between three or four floors in a staggered form, stacking vertical areas.
The dining room and kitchen are often on the ground floor of the home – where you enter. Then you will see stairs leading up to the bedrooms and down to the basement or garage.
Features of a split-level house
Split-level houses carry distinct characteristics compared to two-storey houses. On the outside, a split-level house typically features:
- Asymmetrical facades (a rectangular main level and a squarer or protruding section containing the upper level)
- Double hung windows
- Large windows on the main level
- Low-pitched roofs
- Mixed-material facades (especially brick and wood)
- Two to eight exterior steps leading to the front door
Meanwhile, there are some interior features that make a split-level house a split-level house:
- Low-pitched roofs
- Separate living, dining, and kitchen rooms on the main floor; bedrooms on the upper floor
- Made-up basements on the lower floor
- Attached or built-in garages
- Multiple attic spaces and storage areas
- Less ornamental features (mouldings, cornices, etc.)
- Large patio doors/sliders leading off the main living area
Considering buying a split-level house?
The benefits of numerous levels offered in split-level house architecture will appeal to anyone who wants a spacious home affording privacy on a modestly sized lot. Not only that, a split-level is the perfect model for steep and sloping lots. With a split-level house, you will have a separate living and sleeping space, as well as more outdoor space.
A split-level home can offer a living and personal space all at once. And that is something that is always in fashion.
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