Discussion in 'Community Board' started by FreshTressa, Apr 10, 2006.
They are the same thing, right?
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.
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.
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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.
Split levels here.
Split levels here too. I have never heard of the other 2.
split entry here
I've never heard of a raised ranch
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.
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.
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.
We call them split entry in NS Canada.
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.
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!
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.
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
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).
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.
They're bi-levels or tri-levels.
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!
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? They seem to be very popular here on the East Coast.
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