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FreshTressa
04-10-2006, 04:27 AM
They are the same thing, right?

Eeyore'sthebest
04-10-2006, 05:16 AM
We have split levels. Is that the same as a split entry. You basically walk into the door and there is a staircase - either up or down. Never liked the set up for me but they do seem to have alot of room.

N.Bailey
04-10-2006, 07:29 AM
We have split levels here too. You go in the door at ground level, then decide to go down which is the basement, up to the kitchen, living room, and dining, then up from the main level to get to the bedrooms.

We also have raised ranches which are just a ranch home that sit higher. I believe they have basement and garage underneath the house.

There are probably all sorts of layouts for both types, but this is what I recall anyway.

mickeyfan2
04-10-2006, 07:37 AM
I believe that "raised ranch" or "split entry" are basically the same thing, but a split entry can have two stories above ground. Another name is a bi-level.

LindsayDunn228
04-10-2006, 07:48 AM
Split levels here.

powellrj
04-10-2006, 08:04 AM
Split levels here too. I have never heard of the other 2.

Ranatra
04-10-2006, 08:11 AM
split entry here
I've never heard of a raised ranch

golfgal
04-10-2006, 08:17 AM
Split level. A raised ranch here has maybe 2 or 3 steps up to allow for a less deep basement where a split level will have 5-7 or so steps up to the "main level" of the house and the same going down to the basement. Multi-Levels are where you walk in and have the LR/DR/Kit on the ground level an then have a split, usually off the kitchen, to go up to bedrooms and down to a family room.

Amy
04-10-2006, 08:19 AM
We have all 3 types here.

Split entry is what we have: you go in the front door, and there are stairs down to the family room or up to living, dining, kitchen, bedroom. Each set of stairs is 1/2 of a full staircase.

Split level has stairs everywhere - once you come in the door, you have a few steps down to family room/basement, stairs up to living/dining/kitchen, then a few more stairs up to bedrooms.

Raised ranch - 2-story house, front door is ground level, and this floor has family room/basement. Then you go up a full staircase to living/dining/kitchen/bedrooms.

Dodie
04-10-2006, 08:25 AM
I'm assuming your talking about the house where you enter the door and can either go down into the basement or up onto the main level. Bi-level or split-level. I've never heard of your two terms.

Daisy Duck 5
04-10-2006, 08:28 AM
We call them split entry in NS Canada.

nkjzmom
04-10-2006, 08:38 AM
We live in a split-level. Walk in the front door and you're in the living room with the kitchen and dining room behind. The stairs are on the right with 5 stairs going down to the family room, 1 bedroom, bath, and laundry room. Nine stairs lead up to the other 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Our land slopes down so that just part of the front is below ground. The back is level with the ground.

Microcell
04-10-2006, 08:53 AM
We have all 3 types here.

Split entry is what we have: you go in the front door, and there are stairs down to the family room or up to living, dining, kitchen, bedroom. Each set of stairs is 1/2 of a full staircase.

Split level has stairs everywhere - once you come in the door, you have a few steps down to family room/basement, stairs up to living/dining/kitchen, then a few more stairs up to bedrooms.

Raised ranch - 2-story house, front door is ground level, and this floor has family room/basement. Then you go up a full staircase to living/dining/kitchen/bedrooms.

Yup! I only want to add that alot of times (at least around here) the basement and garage level ar the same, and bedrooms are usually above the garage in a raised ranch.

I wanted to throw another style into the mix- I live in a tri level! Three levels - not counting the basement. Living room and master on one, kitchen has its own floor, and then bedrooms at the top. I realized on day one that was a bad idea. Stairs everywhere, and you have to go three levels from the kids rooms to the basement laundry!

Chicago526
04-10-2006, 08:56 AM
I think "raised ranch" and "split level" are the same thing. Around here we also have what's called a "tri-level" you walk in and you're on the ground floor in the living room, and the kitchen is on the ground floor too. Then you go up 4 stairs to the bed rooms and bathroom, and down four stairs to the family room, which is half underground, and usually has a "walk out" to the back yard.

cepmom
04-10-2006, 08:58 AM
I've never been really clear on the right names but this is my perspective:

Raised Ranch: walk in and find yourself with two sets of stairs ~ one up to kitchen, living area, bedrooms and one down to unfinished basement/garage area

Split Level: same as above, but with finished basement with family rooms/bedrooms

Front/Back Split:walk in living room, kitchen on this level (the front part), stairs to bedrooms and bath in the back part of the house. Also has stairs to lower level, either finished or unfinished. Appears to be regular ranch from the outside front view.

Multi level: living, kitchen on main level, stairs to the left up to bedrooms/bath and stairs down to basement either finished or unfinished

:confused3

Christine
04-10-2006, 08:58 AM
We have several things here:

A rambler: everything is on one floor and you may or may not have a basement.

Split Foyer: You enter into a small "foyer". At that point you either make the choice to go down (usually into a finished basement) or up to the main living area (kitchen, living room, bedrooms).

Split Level: You walk into an entry way. On this level there is usually just a kitchen, living room, and dining room. When you are in the entry way, there is usuall a set of stairs off to one side. These will either go up to the bedrooms or down to a basement (which is under the bedrooms).

Mercy
04-10-2006, 09:02 AM
Well we call the type of house, where you walk into a small foyer with stairs going up or down a Split Foyer. This type of house has two levels, this is also called a Raised Ranch.

To me a Split Level is where you walk directly into the main level/living room and then to the side there are stairs going up to BR's and then a set down to a family room. So it's like 3 levels, some have 4 with another set of stairs going down from the family room level.

blondewithbrains
04-10-2006, 09:03 AM
They're bi-levels or tri-levels.

Mishetta
04-10-2006, 09:21 AM
I'm going to throw some new scenarios in the mix now....

A split level here is having the master bedroom on the main level & the rest of the bedrooms upstairs. (Almost all homes in Michigan have a basement.)

A split ranch is a house with everything on one floor but the master bedroom suite is on one side of the house whereas the rest of the bedrooms are on the other side of the house.

A Bi-level is walking into a tiny foyer & there are two sets of aprox 5 steps (down for kitchen, livingroom, etc...) up for bedrooms.

A Tri-level has a 3 floors. Main level is kitchen, livingroom, up a few stairs are the bedrooms & down a few stairs is den/familyroom & the basement.

Luckily, I live in a Colonial (all bedrooms upstairs) so I don't get confused! :crazy:

Kahana-ri
04-10-2006, 09:29 AM
We have a raised ranch. We walk through the front door and can go up or down. Upstairs to the kitchen, living room and bedrooms. Downstairs is the finished basement, (another TV room) and access to the garage. I dislike this set-up and would prefer a one level home. With these houses you never know which way to go? :confused3 They seem to be very popular here on the East Coast. :scratchin

dcgrumpy
04-10-2006, 09:36 AM
around here there are "split levels" and "high ranches" and they're not the same thing

DisneyForLife
04-10-2006, 10:08 AM
I don't know what my house would be called. I guess contemporary would be safe.
The first floor has a foyer, kitchen, living room, dining room and a half bath. Up four steps from this level is the master bedroom and master bath. If you walk down about eight steps from that level there are the kids bedrooms with a full bath and down four steps from that area is the family room, laundy room and basement.
Kind of unique, I love it.

JulieEck
04-10-2006, 10:23 AM
In Georgia, we have split-levels.
I live in a split-level. You walk up 15 or so steps to get to the front door, walk in and you are on a small landing basically (called foyer though). You can go down 8 steps to the den, BR#4, Bath and laundry room. From there you can go out to the patio (down about 4-5 steps) or out to the garage (down about 4-5 steps). Back to the front door, you can go up 8 steps to the main level and rest of the house. Living room, dining room, kitchen, master bed/bath, 2 other bed and one other bath. The land is pretty flat where the house actually is.
My parents live in a tri-level. You walk up 8-9 steps to get to the front door. Go in and you have an entry way and living room. That level also has the family room, kitchen and dining room area (really part of the living room). There's also a screened in porch in the back on this level (no steps). In the "center" of the house are two staircases. One going up to the 3 BR and 2 BA and one going down (with a door) to the garage (which my Dad turned into an office and storage so it's now more like a basement). The laundry is down there too.
My house only has two levels of living. My parents have three.

I never realized or thought about that a certain style name could mean something different elsewhere in the country. If we ever move out of GA, I'll have to do my homework!

Blondie
04-10-2006, 10:28 AM
We have split levels. Is that the same as a split entry. You basically walk into the door and there is a staircase - either up or down. Never liked the set up for me but they do seem to have alot of room.

It's also called a split foyer around here and it's not the same thing as a raised ranch.

JVL1018
04-10-2006, 11:18 AM
Here's what I call them:

Bi-level : A house where you walk in to find two sets of stairs up and down

split level : bottom floor, usually family room and bathroom(basement off family room),
main floor, kitchen, living & dining room,
upstairs has 3 bedrooms and a bath
You can enter the house either on the main level or into a foyer on the family room level, each level is only about 5-6 steps up.

Raised Ranch Sort of like a bi level, except the bottom floor is pretty much just a garage, with maybe a den.

decaff38
04-10-2006, 01:03 PM
I designed my house and the architect called it a raised ranch. It is one full floor on top of a full basement. My basement is 4 ft undergound and 5 feet above ground. You enter my house by walking up 12 steps to a landing on the outside and enter on the main floor ( No stairs in my entry) On the side of my living room there is a full set of steps to the basement (familyroom, laundry, office, 1 bath and 2 bedroooms) and at the base of those steps there is an entry to our garage. Up stairs is living,dining, kitchen, pantry, guestroom, bath, masterbedroom and bath. There is also an enterance to our garage from my kitchen. I did not want to walk into my home and have stairs it seemed like a waste of space.

Love my house!!!!!

sajetto
04-10-2006, 01:09 PM
around here there are "split levels" and "high ranches" and they're not the same thing


Same for us but instead of calling them "high ranches" they call them "raised ranches"

Pea-n-Me
04-10-2006, 01:16 PM
We have always called our house a Tri Level ranch. Walk in to LR, also K and DR on same level. Stairs off K go down to FR, and off LR go up to BRs. We love the design.

We call the other style Split Level ranch where you walk in to face stairs which go either up or down. Lots of room in those homes.

One other style is called Front to Back Split which looks more like a Cape style home. Stairs are in the middle and just go up. Has regular cellar stairs.

:crazy: