The feeling associated with owning a home can be described as constantly evolving. This is because you experience different sets of emotions at different phases of the home with time. The first phase sees much joy and satisfaction with your new apartment. Still, with time you evolve to the phase where you need to upgrade the apartment and make some additions before you can experience the joy and satisfaction you desire in your home.

The idea of an ideal home is that it can accommodate all your needs and desires; thus, the availability of different home designs today. These designs range from single-level buildings to split-level buildings. This article will focus on split level home designs  and highlight essential tips to guide you when making additions to your split-level homes.

What Are Split-Level Homes?

As the name implies, these are buildings that contain different levels. They provide spacious living, privacy, noise control, and different activities. These are flexible designs introduced to accommodate different topographical conditions like the presence of hills, mountains, and uneven grounds. Many may argue that this design features small rooms, but this is not the case as the homes can be constructed to have larger rooms depending on the homeowner’s wants.

Why Do Split-level Homeowners Make Additions?

The answer is growth. As we grow, what gave us some satisfaction before may not offer the level of satisfaction you want. For example, if the home’s initial design was for a young family with no provisions made for an older adult, growth transforms the young family into an aged one; thus, there will be a need to make provisions for the aged homeowners.

Another example is if the family had expanded more than it used to be when the home was first designed. There is a need for an expansion in the facilities to accommodate the new family size; thus, an addition had to be made. Many examples of growth prompting individuals to make additions to the home exists. However, for split-level homes, additions cannot just be made like that; there are specific guidelines on how addition should be done.

Guidelines for Making Additions to Split-level Homes

You want to ensure that the additions to the split-level building do not distort the home’s beauty. Hence, the positioning of the addition you intend to make is a crucial factor in a split-level home. These tips ensure you pick the correct position for your addition to avoiding ruining the home’s beauty. The tips include:

  1. Do not add levels: Asides from the home’s appearance, the foundation is also considered. Hence, do not take the easy option of increasing the level. You can consider making the addition behind the building if the long dimension of the building faces the street.
  2. When to add level: If your addition mandates you add a level, then make a small addition to the building with the help of a professional home builder.
  3. Adding a garage: The garage should be positioned downhill of the building.
  4. Hire a home builder: The best choice is to have a home builder guide you on how to make your additions while considering your needs.


The thing with additions in split-level homes or any home design is that they can improve or ruin the design of your home. It all depends on how you make the additions, and this article has highlighted top-notch tips about additions to split-level homes.

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