Where you live, are they called "raised ranch" or "split entry"

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  1. FreshTressa

    FreshTressa <font color=blue>BL II - Blue Team<br><font color=

    Sep 12, 2000
    They are the same thing, right?
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  3. Eeyore'sthebest

    Eeyore'sthebest DIS Veteran<br><font color=darkorchid>Not So Tagle

    Mar 5, 2005
    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.
  4. N.Bailey

    N.Bailey <font color=teal>Pear is probably my all time favo

    Mar 15, 2001
    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.
  5. mickeyfan2

    mickeyfan2 DIS Veteran

    May 21, 2004
    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.
  6. LindsayDunn228

    LindsayDunn228 <font color=teal>Quite a hunk of man, isn't he???<

    Dec 21, 2004
    Split levels here.
  7. powellrj

    powellrj DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2003
    Split levels here too. I have never heard of the other 2.
  8. Ranatra

    Ranatra Elliott Fan

    Sep 17, 2000
    split entry here
    I've never heard of a raised ranch
  9. golfgal

    golfgal DIS Cast Member<br><font color=green>When did vacu

    Nov 27, 2004
    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.
  10. Amy

    Amy MamaGrumpy

    Aug 18, 1999
    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.
  11. Dodie

    Dodie <font color=green>Survived the big crash<br><font

    Nov 10, 1999
    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.
  12. Daisy Duck 5

    Daisy Duck 5 DIS Veteran<br><font color=deeppink>I'm dorky dipp

    Apr 23, 2000
    We call them split entry in NS Canada.
  13. nkjzmom

    nkjzmom <font color=purple>and baby Samantha, too!<br><fon

    Dec 22, 2001
    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.
  14. Microcell

    Microcell <font color=red>No, no,no, those red signs with th

    Mar 17, 2004
    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!
  15. Chicago526

    Chicago526 <font color=red>Any dream will do...<br><font colo

    May 6, 2003
    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.
  16. cepmom

    cepmom <font color=red>Mine are painted too<br><font colo

    Apr 9, 2004
    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

  17. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

    Aug 31, 1999
    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).
  18. Mercy

    Mercy <font color="blue">never been tagged ... until now

    Aug 16, 1999
    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.
  19. blondewithbrains

    blondewithbrains Mouseketeer

    Mar 31, 2006
    They're bi-levels or tri-levels.
  20. Mishetta

    Mishetta <font color=FF6600>All I get to play is "crashing

    Feb 5, 2000
    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:
  21. Kahana-ri

    Kahana-ri DIS Veteran Needs to learn how to ride a lawnmower

    Jul 12, 2005
    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

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