Split Level House Renovations


Split level home renovations

by Dan Fritschen

Update: Renovating a split level home presents its own unique set of challenges. These types of homes were very popular from the 1950s to the 1970s so it’s fairly likely that you may find yourself living in one! Split level homes often have more space and have very clearly defined living and sleeping areas – however the use of several different levels can make split level home renovations more difficult.

People normally renovate spaces in their homes to create a good ambiance and more openness in areas such as the living room, kitchen, bedroom, or dining room. This means moving or removing walls.

It is common for split level homes to have an unfinished portion that is really no different from any other basement. This space can be remodeled to create extra living space. It is important, however, to take note of the height of the ceiling before anything else. The ceiling could be too low to make the space usable.

It is also quite common for people to add a new bathroom to the living area of their house. Determining how to add a bathroom in to split level is quite challenging. You have to know where the plumbing is located or install new plumbing. The following additional questions should be asked:

  • How much a space to be used?
  • Will I need new pipes for plumbing?
  • How much would this cost me?

Now, to add a bathroom on the bedroom floor is also common to split level renovations. Some designs have small master baths, though many have just one bathroom for all of the bedrooms. Whether you want to add a new bathroom or increase the size of the existing one, it is important to have a space readily available on that floor. Also, it is important to have plumbing nearby to save on time and cost.

To get a cost estimate for remodeling your home, you can use our free cost calculators.  Click here to get started.  We also offer a variety of workbooks to help with your remodeling plans.  You can find them by clicking here.

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4 Responses to Split Level House Renovations

  1. Robert says:

    Anyone have any good ideas for split level home renovations? Thinking of good ways to use space on the lower level.

  2. torontojoe says:

    If your lower level space is small then it’s good to use for utilities like laundry, drying etc. It’s cooler down there so maybe it’s a good place for a home gym!

  3. sid457 says:

    We did the same thing when remodeling our split level home – added a home gym in the lower level! Much cooler and out of the way. We even built a bathroom addition too for post workout showers.

  4. Robert says:

    I’ve had some really good feedback on split level house renovations – for instance, including a mudroom (GREAT for kids!) so that shoes, jackets, bags, umbrellas etc don’t clutter the main foyer, and putting the kids rec room on the lower level too, along with a bathroom addition and access to the garage.

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