Split-Level House

Madison Solomon

Description of the Split-Level House

In the split-level house the floor levels are staggered. They typically have a set of 2 stairs, one going up to a bedroom, and one going down the the basement. The garage is usually the same level of the basement. The front door usually opens up right into the formal living room. The house has been around for years, and because of this, it's full of natural material, such as wood, and brick. The purpose of the home was to be spacious and comfortable for families.
Completed Full House split level floor plan

Historical Information

The houses used to sometimes be called "raised ranches". They were the most popular from 1930's-1970's. The Normandy shows that the "stepped up" floor plan was common for both suburban, and city areas. It provided a distinct difference from the ranch houses for new home buyers. National Homes Corporation sold hundreds and thousands of split level houses to single families. Charles Goodman was the designer of the home. The split level house was portrayed in many, Post-war-do-it-yourself magazines because it was the new best thing, for modest, single post war families.

Building Materials used to build the Split-Level home

the most typical building style was brick accents paired with wood lap siding. Sometimes narrow edge stone was used for decoration. The houses often portrayed a colonial style. They has wood shutters, classical porch columns, and front doors with sidelights.