Influenced by Prairie and Ranch homes as well as later modern styles, Split Level floor plans feature a two-story high section joined to a single-story section located a half-story in between, creating three distinct interior areas connected by short flights of stairs.
Innovative and intriguing, multi-floor Split Level house plans were hugely popular in the United States from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s.
They require smaller lots than their Ranch-style cousins and are particularly suited to tricky hillside lots.
In addition, they are seen as a great choice for families: bedrooms are tucked away on the quiet upper level, the central level makes room for a spacious kitchen, living, and dining room, while the lower level (usually partly below grade) gives kids a place to play and provides room for storage, laundry, and parking.
by Dan Fritschen Update: Split level homes were most popular in the 1950s and have a number of advantages and disadvantages to a modern homeowner.
Split level homes are ideal for building on hills and steep slopes as they ideally slot into the landscape around them.
They also tend to have more floorspace and a unique, flexible floorplan.
However, the move towards more open plan living areas means that split level design may not be ideal.
The increased number of steps and stairs is also tricky for anybody with mobility issues.
Split Level Homes were very popular in the 1950s, particularly in the East and the Midwest.
The house design is an adaptation that works well on uneven property.
The house can be more easily built into the side of a hill or on a slope.