The Best Ideas to Help You Renovate Split Level Home
Most people who renovate a split level home want to update and modernize it. Therefore, these renovations are projects to finish unfinished or partly finished areas, open up the main floor, update the kitchen, add bathrooms to the main floor and/or to the upper level.
How to renovate a Split Level Home
The main floor of a split level house usually consists of living room, dining room, kitchen and possibly a bedroom. Many people want to create more openness. This can certainly be achieved by removing some of the walls between rooms, but you will need to be sure you know which walls are load-bearing walls that cannot safely be removed.
Either removing the wall, or opening up the wall by carving out the upper portion and putting in a counter will create more openness between the kitchen and the dining room. It will open up the area and make it feel more spacious. Removing the wall between the living room and dining room can also open up that area and make it more conducive to entertaining, as well as making it feel more informal.
Many split level homes have an unfinished bottom level. Finishing this area is really no different from finishing any basement. It will be important to check on ceiling height early in the planning stages of the project. You may want to plan on removing the floor and digging down a couple feet, to make your basement area more spacious and avoid the problem of low ceilings. You can get a quick estimate of the cost to finish an unfinished basement in a typical split-level home from any professional remodeling contractor.
Most split level homes were not built with a bathroom on the main floor. You have to go upstairs to the bedroom level, or downstairs to the basement/ recreation room/ laundry room to use the bathroom. Many homeowners would like to add at least a half-bath or powder room on the main floor for the comfort and convenience of guests or for elderly or disabled family members, but determining the location of the new bathroom is a challenge in most split levels.