The split-level design - considered a more multi-dimensional and modern version of the ranch style – had broad appeal.
It was bigger, affordable and occupied less acreage than a ranch.
Families could build a split-level home on a smaller or sloping lot – dimensions lacking in the bungalow and ranch.
The original split-level (tri-level or four-level with the basement) features one level attached to a two-story section.In this plan, the door is level with the main floor, which includes the foyer, living/dining/kitchen space; the second level up is designated for bedrooms and bathrooms - usually built above the garage.A third level down has the garage and a playroom/family room; and then, a shallow “daylight basement” with windows slightly above the ground to allow plenty of sunlight. This one-and-a-half-story home (left) is a tri-level: attached garage with bedrooms above, steps accented by shrubbery leading to foyer, opens to living room with 10-foot ceilings, kitchen/peninsula with eating bar, nook/breakfast area, half-a-staircase down to the family room.Floor plans for the main level and lower level are shown.A covered front porch with brick columns welcomes guests to this traditional split-level home.The first level has a living room with 10-foot ceilings, a kitchen/eat–in kitchen, walk-in pantry, and a rear patio. The bi-level design splits the entrance to the house halfway between the two floors.The foyer of the “split entry” immediately leads to stairs up or down the levels.In this plan, the top level has the living/dining rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, and some bedrooms – keep in mind, the split-level and bi-level are elevated variations of the one-story ranch house plan, so bedrooms can be on this floor.A typical bi-level home with the main entry in the center of the two floors.Windows on the second floor directly above the covered porch gives the exterior symmetry.A side door in the garage provides another entrance.