Floor plans for the main level and lower level are shown.A covered front porch with brick columns welcomes guests to this traditional split-level home.It separated the living/dining rooms and kitchen (main level); from the recreation/family room (lower level) and sleeping areas (upper level).
The split-level design - considered a more multi-dimensional and modern version of the ranch style – had broad appeal.
It was bigger, affordable and occupied less acreage than a ranch.
Shrubs surround the stone steps leading to the foyer, and opens into the living/dining/kitchen space.
The original split-level (tri-level or four-level with the basement) features one level attached to a two-story section.
Families could build a split-level home on a smaller or sloping lot – dimensions lacking in the bungalow and ranch.
These homes are also sometimes refered to as multi-level house plans.“Splitting” the house into staggered levels provided families with enough room for their different activities, and was a very innovative use of interior space.
The first level has a living room with 10-foot ceilings, a kitchen/eat–in kitchen, walk-in pantry, and a rear patio. The bi-level design splits the entrance to the house halfway between the two floors.
In this plan, the door is level with the main floor, which includes the foyer, living/dining/kitchen space; the second level up is designated for bedrooms and bathrooms - usually built above the garage.
A third level down has the garage and a playroom/family room; and then, a shallow “daylight basement” with windows slightly above the ground to allow plenty of sunlight. This one-and-a-half-story home (left) is a tri-level: attached garage with bedrooms above, steps accented by shrubbery leading to foyer, opens to living room with 10-foot ceilings, kitchen/peninsula with eating bar, nook/breakfast area, half-a-staircase down to the family room.