Unique Challenges Facing About Split Home Renovation

Unique Challenges Facing About Split Home Renovation

Split Foyer or Bi-Level

Split-level renovations to homes bring the possibility of unique opportunities as well as unique challenges. The first step to evaluate the possibilities and obstacles is to identify the kind and style of renovations for split level homes. There are basically various kinds of split-level house styles:

Consists by two levels with the entrance at a level that is midway between the two levels. A few steps (usually 4-8) ascends and a second short flight of stairs leads down. If the lower floor of the house is at a level with the surface, there are stairs leading to the entrance. The lower level could be at a minimum, partially below the ground. A Split Level style is comprised of one or two levels, and three or two set of steps. The entrance is typically located at the middle level and leads directly into the formal living area. A Stacked Split Level The stacked version includes several levels and either four or five steps. The entrance is situated on the middle level, and usually leads to a foyer, with steps ascending and descending. The name derives by the idea that extra bedroom spaces have been “stacked” on top of the second living space. Many townhouses are built on this kind.

A Split Entry

The entryway to this kind of home is situated between floors and generally located in an entrance space off of the main house. As with the foyer split stairs lead to both the up and down sides of the entrance. Raised Ranch A Raised Ranch split-level has two levels that include a full staircase and an entrance to the lower floor. The living space is usually situated on the upper level which is accessible via stairs that are just inside the entry.

Split Level Homes were very popular during the 1950s, especially throughout the East and the Midwest. The design of the home is an adaptation that works for building a home situated on an uneven land. The home can be built on the sides of a hill or slope with ease. The homes were built to divide living spaces from sleeping areas, and to create formal and informal living spaces. They are more private and peace. The disadvantages are uneven heating and cooling , and lots of staircases. The challenge of heating and cooling can be solved with the zoned system. The amount of stairs may be a major issue for disabled and elderly. The problem can; however be overcome with the help of a glide chair.

1960s Tri-Level Ranch Remodel, Portland | Lacy Keller Interior Design,  Portland

Other drawbacks of this type of house include a lower-level laundry room and a bathroom on the main level and a shared bathroom in the upper floor along together with the bedrooms and a lack space in the living room (particularly when compared to modern designs).

Renovating Challenges that are Unique for Split Level Homes

  • It is essential to take great care taken to open the formal living space with regard to weight-bearing walls
  • Some split-levels contain small rooms
  • The steps that connect levels cannot be eliminated
  • It is difficult to define a zone of entry
  • Relocating the position of the kitchen is what makes the renovation cost prohibitive
  • It is sometimes difficult to increase the level of certain kinds of levels that split without losing the balance or external appeal

The majority of these issues are overcome by innovative thinking, meticulous plan and meticulous care of the layout. In general it is better to work within the floor plan as it is and change the access points, flow across rooms and the feeling of spaciousness. It’s also not a good idea to add a floor to an unfinished level or to increase the length of your existing home.

Steffy Alen

Steffy Alen