Split-level homes had a unique architecture from the sixties and seventies when split-level was a popular concept, and it was cool to have high ceilings and short staircases.If you still have a split-level home, you may no longer connect with the design. The good news is that it is entirely possible to remodel your split-level home and incorporate modern interiors to create a better reflection of your personality. Creating a modern split-level interior requires innovative thinking and a little knowledge of contemporary architecture.
History & Development of Split-Level Home
Split-level homes were designed as tri-level residential units for growing families who needed budget homes with ample space on limited plots of land. The architecture was created to be a budget-friendly suburban home that was unique and utilized the land-space better than a bungalow design.
After the second world war, as more and more families wished to relocate to the suburbs, bungalows did not serve their purpose. Children could get their rooms without reducing the space needed for common areas like the dining room and living room. On the other hand, split-level homes combined the concept of a two-storey apartment and a single-level bungalow to create enough space for nuclear families.
How to Make a Split-Level House Look Better?
Remodeling a split-level home can be challenging, but a few small changes can help you modernize your home to create more space and better functionality. Here are some ideas to modernize your split-level home interior –
Remould the Entryway – Remodelling the entrance can be a great way to create a better look and feel in a split-level home. Use a glass door to make the hall look more spacious and get more daylight. Add a storage unit behind one of the foyer walls for practicality.
You could also think of moving the front door to face the driveway or adding a little porch to your front door to modernize the design.
- Update the Staircase –Staircases in split-level homes are usually made with painted metal railings and instantly make an old-school impression. Update your staircase with classy wooden handrails and modern railing designs to create a modern design. It will help create a continuity of the contemporary design in your home.
- Change the Paint – One of the most straightforward changes you can make to create a modern split-level home is changing the paint’s color. It improves the ambiance and creates a new look for your home. Use lighter colors to make the space look bigger and brighter. Experiment with a combination of colors to create a striking and modern design.
- Update the furniture – All efforts to make your home look modern may fall flat if the furniture is not updated. Use furniture that reflects your current personality and goes well with the new paint job in your home. Look for new-age architectural interior products that match your home’s new modern design and create a fresh look for your living space.
- Change the Lighting – Upgrade the lighting in your home to include both theatrical and minimalist elements in your home. Experts suggest using recessed lighting to create a contemporary look in your split-level home to get a cleaner, neater, well-lit, and better-defined interior design.Use new techniques like focused illumination, especially if you have artwork displays and ambient lighting for the dining room or library.
- Upgrade Technology and Safety – Technology can be pivotal in modernizing your split-level home. Also, spare a thought for the safety measures in your home and how you can make them better. For example, HVAC can be a great way to improve heating distribution in our home.
Now that we have shared some ideas on renovating a split-level home, all you need to do is hire the right set of people who can modernize your home. If you know how to make detailed changes that complement each other, a little bit of professional support can help you improve your split-level home and create a modern living space for yourself. Depending on your area’s current health and safety regulations, kick-start the renovation for your home. Before you know it, you will be ready to welcome your friends and family into your brand-new modernized split-level home.
Author Bio: Vivek Agrawal is a global sourcing expert and has worked with and assisted clients with their sourcing requirements for 1000+ projects in his 15+ years in the industry. With the aim to fulfill the evolving needs and demands of architects, interior designers, project managers,and HNIs, he started Arcedior – the most loved, curated products platform with 75,000+ products from 600+ brands spanning 40+ countries.
Being a design enthusiast with an eye for details, he also started a group on LinkedIn called ‘Design Leaders Roundtable – A Collaborative Community for Architects & Interior Designers’ which now has over 4K+ members. In his free time, he loves to travel with his family.