How to Remodel the Interior of Split-Level Homes

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How to Remodel the Interior of Split-Level Homes
Split level home design (home construction image by Joann Cooper from

Split-level homes were first built in Chicago in the 1930s. They were designed to designate separate sleeping areas and separate living areas. Split-level homes saw their peak in the 1950s, and have remained prosperous throughout the decades. Today, owners of split-level homes are anxious to learn ways of remodelling and modernising their interiors.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Design vision
  • Construction tools
  • Time
  • Pencil
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Decide what areas of your home you want to remodel. Be specific and write down any problems you are currently facing with the interior design.

  2. 2

    Address the specific challenges you will face with your style of split level of home. There are five types of split-level homes, so remodelling ideas will vary for each type.

  3. 3

    Explore the possibility of installing new flooring. Older split-level homes often have wall to wall carpeting. Hardwood or tile flooring with a radiant heating system is an excellent upgrade and an easy way to create a new look.

  4. 4

    Find out which walls are load bearing and which walls could be easily removed. This gives you the option of opening up the floor plan to create more living space.

  5. 5

    Install drywall. Older split-level homes often have panelled walls giving them a dated look. Drywall is easy to work with and can be installed directly on top of the panelling.

  6. 6

    Paint the walls. Adding colour to a room is the easiest and cheapest way to create a new look. Deep colours like cranberry and chocolate generate a cosy and warm feeling while light colours such as beige and white produce an airy feeling that also trick the eye into believing the room is bigger.

  7. 7

    Install new lighting fixtures. Lighting is crucial to the appearance of any room and can set the mood in your home. Purchase modern lighting fixtures that say something about your personality.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unsure of the direction you want to go in regards to remodelling your home, visit your local home improvement store to consult a professional. Bring along pictures of the interior of your home as well as knowledge of what can be removed and what has to stay.
  • Keep young children away from construction areas.

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