The Elegant Split Level Home Style
A split level home , also called a divided-entry home, is a very American style. Split level homes became popular in the 1940s and 1950s, when demand for new houses in the suburbs was high but lots for building them were shrinking in size. Because a split-level home lends itself well to a hilly and/or narrow lot, this home style often found grouped together in subdivisions. Types of split level home include the California-style and the Raised Ranch. Some split level homes are so large they could be considered mini-mansions. Both older and newer built split level houses usually feature a large picture window on the upper floor. A split level home often have the entry located between two floors, with one set of stairs leading up and another set leading down that are visible when the front door is opened. Some split levels have a lower, or garage level entry, with a small number of stairs leading to the living room and then more stairs leading to the bedrooms.
Many split level homes have a family room, kitchen, and dining room located in the one story section and bedrooms and a bathroom in the two story section. Two smaller flights of stairs connect the one story part of the split level home to the two story part. If a home does not have at least three levels, it is not considered a true split level.