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Split Level Floor Plans

Split level floor plans, sometimes known as raised ranch, emerged in the 1950s. A split level home is basically a ranch raised a half-story above grade, with finished space below. The entry may be on the landing of the stairs that connects the two levels (referred to as a split foyer), or the entry may be on a grade-level wing holding the main living areas, with sleeping quarters a half-story up and a family room and/or garage below. Split level plans display most characteristics of Ranch style, such as a low pitched roof and overhanging eaves. Exterior details are usually minimal, presenting a more contemporary fa├žade, but there is often a chimney and small front stoop leading to the entryway. Windows have a horizontal orientation. This type of house plan maximizes smaller lots, as the home has a more vertical emphasis and the garage is attached to the home. Split level designs are convenient for growing families that value both privacy and family time.