21 Awesome Split Level House Ideas – Inside And Out

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Split-level houses were most popular in the 1950s. Are you considering purchasing a split-level house? Or do you currently own a split-level house? The idea of split-level housing might seem dated, but these types of houses can easily be modernized and re-decorated. We’ve looked into this and found some great ideas. 

In contrast to traditional houses, split-level houses have short, staggered stairs. In this way, all of the floors and rooms tie together closely. Oftentimes, this creates an open-concept living arrangement. Recently, open floor plans have been desired by many new home buyers.

Additionally, these houses are perfect for smaller yard spaces. Although there are ranch-style split-level houses, these houses may also be bilevel, trilevel, or more. Staggered stairs can create a lot of vertical height. For smaller lot sizes, these stairs are perfect for utilizing vertical space without sacrificing yard space. 

Today there are several options available to accentuate the style of split-level houses. Perhaps it’s time to modernize your home! Keep reading to find out 21 awesome split-level house ideas.

Exterior of an ultra modern contemporary house with huge mirror and PVC wooden patterned sidings, 21 Awesome Split Level House Ideas - Inside And Out

1. Staggered Garden

A gorgeous staggered garden in the front porch

Sometimes the staggered stair theme is not just inside the home; it can be on the outside too. Along the concrete white stairs of this porch rests a colorful flowerbed enclosed by a stone wall. In particular, the yellow and purple flowers offer great contrasting colors to the white. 

2. Split Brick

Exterior of a split level house with brown colored wooden sidings and a lower garage

Typically brick siding is expensive, but wood siding might look a little plain. This white and beige house has beige bricks decorating the front door and garage door. Generally, it’s not as expensive when the rock siding is merely a splash compared to the majority of the siding. 

3. Traditional Ranch Style 

A huge two storey house with beige colored wooden sidings and dark colored shingle roofing

Do you prefer no stairs? A split-level house can be a ranch too! For instance, this cream-colored house is close to the ground and, thus, accessible.

4. Elevated Ranch Style

Exterior of a modern contemporary house with stucco wall and a spacious lawn area and driveway

Maybe you’re into the idea of a ranch, but you don’t necessarily need it to be accessible. After you stroll through the pristine grass of this gorgeous ranch, you have about three steps to climb to reach the front door. Instead of resting flat on the ground, the steps offer a slightly elevated entryway. 

5. Stairs on the Inside

Exterior of a luxurious split level house with rustic inspired exterior design

Perhaps you don’t quite want a ranch. Do you only want the main flight of stairs to be on the inside? This house offers a small step leading up to the front door, but it still has elevated living quarters from within. 

6. Split with Columns 

Historically, columns were used to support roofs. In modern times, they retain the same function, but they are prettier. On this porch, three modern, white columns with stone bases support the roof. 

7. Windows without Grids

Exterior of an ultra modern contemporary house with huge mirror and PVC wooden patterned sidings, 21 Awesome Split Level House Ideas - Inside And Out

In recent years, no grids on window panes have been popular. This gray house has minimal to no grids on the windows. The open window panes appear to lengthen the wall, and they reflect the lush tree in the front yard without blemish. 

8. Garage in Front

Exterior of a huge two storey mansion with stucco exterior cladding, weather asphalt shingle roofing, and a huge two car garage

In some neighborhoods, having the garage as the focal point may create a contemporary and interesting house. This house has a garage in the front with beautiful black, brown, beige, and white stones. Instead of appearing crowded, the light colors and gorgeous garage door appear to deliberately welcome its owner’s home. 

9. Tall Foyer

Now, let’s take a step inside. If the split level house has at least two levels, then the foyer likely has a high ceiling. This foyer has a modern, oval-shaped, black and gold chandelier that evokes openness and modernity.

10. Split Entry with Storage

Speaking of foyers, this is a great place for decoration and storage. Make use of the wall’s empty space! In this elegant foyer, storage space was added to the walls with surrounding white planks. 

11. Cozy D├ęcor 

Another great option for empty space is to remove part of the walls and add lighting and decorations. Above this closet rests a small cluster of decorations. The soft yellow glow highlights the tans, blacks, and browns.

12. Close-Knit Living

A split level rustic inspired living room with cream painted walls, wooden furnitures, and flooring with a spotlight attached on the ceiling

If you’d like to be able to easily talk to your spouse while standing at the top of the stairs, then you’d probably love a split-level house! At the top of these stairs, the living room and foyer are easily viewable and within hearing distance.

13. Open Living-Dining Room

Interior of a luxurious rustic inspired open space living room with cream painted walls and wooden flooring

Often times in split-level houses, the living and dining rooms blend together. These two rooms are connected with a hardwood floor and separated by short steps. Thus, the contemporary, open-concept theme is continued.

14. Windows in the Kitchen

Would you like to create a roomy atmosphere between the kitchen and living rooms? Add a couple of windows! As if inviting you to come to eat, this white- and gray-walled kitchen has windows in the walls separating it from the living room. 

15. Kitchen without Barriers 

Interior of a rustic inspired kitchen with wooden paneled cabinetries and a small kitchen island on the middle

Instead of adding windows, simply remove the walls altogether. This modern kitchen is clearly separated from the dining room with cupboards and an island. The medium brown cupboards elevate the style and modernity.

16. Wooden Furniture

A contemporary inspired living room with white painted walls and wooden laminated flooring

You can’t go wrong with traditional wooden furniture. In this white-walled living room, the wooden furniture creates a cozy and calming atmosphere. It looks like a great place for guests to unwind. 

17. Tray Ceiling

A gorgeous dark themed bedroom with green painted walls, a wooden rustic bed, and green colored tray ceiling

If the ceilings were built high enough, then there is enough room for a creative tray ceiling. Fit for royalty, this bedroom suite is enclosed by a gold- and white-painted tray ceiling. As you can see, the amber glow from the lampshades and white light from the windows illuminates the room perfectly. 

18. Vaulted Ceiling 

Interior of a mansard bedroom with wooden ceilings and sidings

Another great ceiling is the vaulted ceiling. In this cozy bedroom, the white-paneled vaulted ceiling gently reflects the lighting in the room. Thus, the artificial lighting appears to enlarge the small space. 

19. Iron Fence

Instead of a solid half-wall, install an iron fence to further encourage the open concept living area. This stunning black iron fence is laced with medium brown wood. The fence offers easy viewing of the leafy plant and a lovely vase. 

20. Toasty Fireplace

Gorgeous contemporary inspired living room with white painted walls, a gray mantel fireplace, and wooden flooring incorporating the gray sectional sofa

Some split-level homes have fireplaces. In this modern living room, an all-black, smooth fireplace is complimented by black furniture. Moreover, the brown couch, purple decorative pillows, and purple curtain all highlight the modernity of the room.

21. Dreaming Under the Sky

Interior of a contemporary mansard bedroom with white painted walls and ceiling

Finally, let’s add another window! In this bedroom, the skylight beams down on the bedsheets with natural light. More light means more perceived space!

In Summary

In order to capture the true coziness and modern style of your split-level house, try out some of these creative ideas. But don’t feel like you have to do all of these. That’s just too much to do all at once. Take one, two, or more of these ideas and have fun with them!

By the way, freshly coated paint goes a long way when sprucing up your home. Click here to see color options for vaulted ceilings. The ceilings add height, but the color can also elevate the whole atmosphere. Also, the color in the living room is just as important – click here for some options.

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