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Split-level homes are just as they sound – built on an uneven or sloping block, the floor levels are staggered, offering advantages that are well worth exploring. For example, if you’re keen to stay or live in a particular suburb but can’t find a decent sized block, or perhaps for financial reasons you are forced into a cheaper property with a steep slope, a split-level home can be an ideal solution. But let’s not forget, the split-level home shouldn’t be seen as a compromise. They can provide great architectural interest and uniqueness in a way that a conventional home design can’t.

For those that insist on adhering to a flat level home design while building on a difficult, sloping block, preparation can be expensive. And, to add insult to injury, you may be left with results that are not always good. You might end up with an imposingly steep driveway, large retaining walls or an ugly facade. Alternatively, building into the block, working with the natural lay of the land with a cleverly designed split-level home can be far more interesting and appealing to look at, and to live in.

Varieties of split-level homes

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There are several types of split-level homes. They can be tri-level (three levels) or bi-level (two levels). A side split is where the split levels can only be seen from the front of the house. For example, if the house is built on a hill, the left side may sit one level higher than the right side. A back split is where the split-level is only visible from the side of the house. For example, from the front of the house, it appears as one level, while at the back, two levels are visible.

Benefits of split-level homes

Maximising space – Rather than building out on one flat level, the use of multi-levels is a bit like building multiple stories, maximising far more space. This can be particularly beneficial with urban infill, using extra space on a subdivisible block that may otherwise have gone to waste.

Aesthetic appeal – keeping with the lay of the land as you build gives a far more natural and appealing result. In fact, some councils today prefer the use of split-level as they are not only more attractive but prevent any excessive ‘cut and fill’ problems of the past, such as overshadowing issues, drainage problems or structural failures with retaining walls.

Cost-effective – A split-level home requires a sloping block, which sometimes can be less expensive than a flat block. However, if building on a flat level were desired, it would take a lot of time and money to achieve this.

Maximising views – With the split-level home, higher levels can sometimes take advantage of fantastic natural views that would otherwise be lost in a flat level build. The beauty of a split-level build is that we can design and build uniquely for your block.

Energy efficiency – When designing several levels, it is possible to cater for temperature issues more appropriately, allowing for natural light and ventilation.

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If you’ve never thought about building a split-level home, it’s worth taking the time to explore the options. Better still, give us a call at JFK Home Designs and have a chat with us about the possibilities for your new home.

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