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Image titleHomestyle History: Split Level

The first style I will look at is the split-level design shown above. Popular from the mid 40’s to 80’s, the basic idea behind the design was for it to mold into the landscape it was built upon. While this design varies from region to region (including many substyles), I am most familiar with the splits by me or what is termed a tri-level.

According to both Wikipedia, as well as my own personal experience, the basic split level or tri-level will have three levels—basement or lower, main and upper. Inside one will find two shorts sets of stairs. In keeping with the number three, each level has basically three rooms, although the first might also be said to include the garage as well as an unfinished crawlspace. Another characteristic of the first level is that it often tends to have low ceilings. Anyway, this level includes a family room, office or guest bedroom or playroom, etc. and laundry room.

The second level or main area of the home normally has a kitchen, dining room and living room. Of course, the upper level is used for bedrooms.

As I previously said, a characteristic of split level architecture was for it to fit the terrain. As a result, it would make sense that the actual split would be most apparent from either the front called a side split, or from the side called a back split. Then we have numerous variations of this design. There is what is termed stacked split with numerous levels.

Copyright Paul J. Twardy 2012

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