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    I'm just curious about this but when did the split level home design first show up on the scene? I'm doing one tomorrow and it's said to be built in 1965. I didn't think they were around that early.

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    Split level homes most started back in the 1950's and 60's. Some are even older.

    Most common problems I've seen is:

    Stair problems
    Improper grading
    Uneven heating / cooling
    Outdated equipment
    Electrical Service equipment problems

    Just to name a few.

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    We have tons of split foyer homes that were built in the 70's and 80's. Odd design.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Feldmann View Post
    We have tons of split foyer homes that were built in the 70's and 80's. Odd design.
    Split foyer as in raised ranch?

    By level and tri level have been around a long time. Those along with raised ranches and bilevels or side to side split level and trilevels were very popular in the 60's and earlier 70's in Mass.


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    Thanks for the info. I didn't realize they were around that early


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    Split foyer:
    You walk in the front door and there is a landing, maybe 5'x6' with a short stair going up on the right, and a short stair going down on the left.

    So it's really a 2 story house (bottom level is usually a walk out basement) and the garage is a part of the bottom level.

    Downstairs is usually a 2 car garage, laundry room/1/2 bath, and then there is either one big room (sometimes a fireplace), or a bedroom and a family room/den. Upstairs is the normal 3/2.5, kitchen, dining room, living room.
    Here's a couple photos of one........

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    Split levels I see would be you walk into the front door with stairs going up and down. The section of the upper is on a dirt crawl space and of course the lower is slab. You go through a scuttle hole on the lower section to get under the upper floor crawl space. Sort of like a half basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Feldmann View Post
    Split foyer:
    You walk in the front door and there is a landing, maybe 5'x6' with a short stair going up on the right, and a short stair going down on the left.

    So it's really a 2 story house (bottom level is usually a walk out basement) and the garage is a part of the bottom level.

    Downstairs is usually a 2 car garage, laundry room/1/2 bath, and then there is either one big room (sometimes a fireplace), or a bedroom and a family room/den. Upstairs is the normal 3/2.5, kitchen, dining room, living room.
    Here's a couple photos of one........
    That is a raised ranch Jack. They started in the mid to late 60'o maybe early 70's


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Menelly View Post
    That is a raised ranch Jack. They started in the mid to late 60'o maybe early 70's
    Around here, we also call those a raised ranch. Could be a Northeast thing ...


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    Here on Long Island they call them "High Ranches".
    I find many with foundation waterproofing seepage causing problems at the bottom of the finished wall of the lower level where it is below grade.


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    In New Jersey we call them Bi-levels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Miller View Post
    In New Jersey we call them Bi-levels
    You're right - That one is a bi-level... a split-level looks more like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Klampfer View Post
    You're right - That one is a bi-level... a split-level looks more like...
    Now that picture is a tri-level or is it a qud level???


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