Split Level Home Styles

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Split Level Home Styles
There are many different split level home styles available to choose from. (house blueprint and house model studio isolated image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Split-level homes are a popular home design choice, due to the many styles available and the fact that they work well on both small and large home lots. A simple split-level design consists of two levels with an entrance located between levels, but there are several different common variations of this basic concept.

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Split Foyer

A split foyer home has two levels, with the lowest level, usually the basement, at or below ground level. The stairs are usually located in the entryway or foyer, and at the lower level if it is built above ground.

Split Level Home Styles
Houses with basements or large garages can be examples of split foyer homes. (house image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com)

Raised Ranch

The raised ranch is one of the largest types of split level homes, depending on the space available and the design. This is a two-level home design with a full flight of stairs and an entry usually located at the lower level, which opens into a living room or kitchen

Split Level Home Styles
Raised ranch style homes can be compact or sprawling, depending on the design and lot size. (Ranch House image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

Stacked Split Level

The stacked split level is the style most commonly seen in town houses. It consists of multiple levels with several short flights of stairs and one full set of stairs at the main entrance. The actual entrance is usually at ground level and opens into a foyer, but may sit on the second floor in some cases.

Split Level Home Styles
Town houses are the most common type of stacked split level home. (New Townhouse image by ne_fall_photos from Fotolia.com)

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