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Arlington Residence

Complete interior renovation of a 1980s split level house in the Virginia suburbs. Main level includes reading room, dining, kitchen, living and master bedroom suite. New front elevation at entry, new rear deck and complete re-cladding of the house. Interior: The prototypical layout of the split level home tends to separate the entrance, and any other associated space, from the rest of the living spaces one half level up. In this home the lower level "living" room off the entry was physically isolated from the dining, kitchen and family rooms above, and was only connected visually by a railing at dining room level. The owner desired a stronger integration of the lower and upper levels, in addition to an open flow between the major spaces on the upper level where they spend most of their time. ExteriorThe exterior entry of the house was a fragmented composition of disparate elements. The rear of the home was blocked off from views due to small windows, and had a difficult to use multi leveled deck. The owners requested an updated treatment of the entry, a more uniform exterior cladding, and an integration between the interior and exterior spaces. SOLUTIONS The overriding strategy was to create a spatial sequence allowing a seamless flow from the front of the house through the living spaces and to the exterior, in addition to unifying the upper and lower spaces. This was accomplished by creating a "reading room" at the entry level that responds to the front garden with a series of interior contours that are both steps as well as seating zones, while the orthogonal layout of the main level and deck reflects the pragmatic daily activities of cooking, eating and relaxing. The stairs between levels were moved so that the visitor could enter the new reading room, experiencing it as a place, before moving up to the main level. The upper level dining room floor was "pushed" out into the reading room space, thus creating a balcony over and into the space below. At the entry, the second floor landing was opened up to create a double height space, with enlarged windows. The rear wall of the house was opened up with continuous glass windows and doors to maximize the views and light. A new simplified single level deck replaced the old one.

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Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Step Up Your Split-Level Spec House
The StairsDirectly inside the front door are the stairs that connect all of the levels in a split. And each level is only half a flight away from the adjoining level. In split number one all the wall openings, the light and the linear pattern of rails and treads create a dynamic and rich spatial experience.

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jacquiallen added this to Interior Ideas
October 8, 2014
Contemporary Stairs
bbchag added this to Split level ideas
July 27, 2014
collins434 added this to save this ranch
June 22, 2014
entry of split
vds22 added this to vs' ideas
June 4, 2014
option for stair well
pmweso70 added this to entry
May 21, 2014
qaxz44 added this to stair
May 14, 2014
"cut out" wall stairs
Eugenia Spektor added this to designs
April 10, 2014
so cool
Jill Haney added this to Living Room Ideas
March 30, 2014
Love the stairs
marthatass added this to Living & FAmily room
March 26, 2014
Wall color with wood is a knockout!
Jodi Monaghan added this to basement
March 5, 2014
sweetypup added this to if I could afford to open up the attic...
February 23, 2014
stair layout--would cut into bedroom, but maybe work better overall?
kmcarefoot added this to Split level
February 23, 2014
Horizontal rail
utahgeoff added this to nice
January 26, 2014
Split railing
annettecrislip added this to annettecrislip's ideas
December 28, 2013
Making split level stairs work
Divine Intertiors Inc added this to bthomas122309's ideas
December 17, 2013
Staircase idea for split level
Roger Greene added this to roger_greene's ideas
November 18, 2013
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November 11, 2013
interior split level entrance
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November 4, 2013
Haley Ray added this to Entry Way/ Front Room/ Sitting Room
November 3, 2013
Open Stair Concept
topgn added this to entrances
October 19, 2013
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October 16, 2013
Rachel Gaines Beto added this to Split level
September 24, 2013
Like the light, airy stairs
airpal added this to airpal's ideas
September 13, 2013
alzane added this to Hall
September 5, 2013
L Cole added this to luv it
September 4, 2013
love this renovated split level
Rebecca Brahaum added this to Updates
August 28, 2013
swgerber added this to Interiors
August 27, 2013
split entry interior
Michael Ninemire added this to michael_ninemire's Ideas
August 25, 2013
T W added this to Split Level Renovation
August 23, 2013
Open stairs
jazzyz29 added this to spruce
August 7, 2013
Open wall where stairs are
kchinchen added this to kchinchen's Ideas
July 27, 2013
Good split
jaxauer added this to Dining Room Ideas
July 22, 2013
Staircase Design
holcombhouse added this to north union ave
July 21, 2013
open stairs *
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July 16, 2013
The way it's painted
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July 14, 2013
Rachel Berdan added this to rachel_berdan's Ideas
July 10, 2013
Is it even possible to do this with our stairs?
patriciatorresray added this to patriciatorresray's ideas
July 7, 2013
open space
gennie7 added this to Foyers
June 20, 2013
More gray-ish walls with white bump outs.
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June 13, 2013
hardwood floors and stairs
gunderb added this to For Todd, Sarah, and Ben
June 9, 2013
open stair wells
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May 29, 2013
copy this stairwell?
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May 26, 2013
windows on top
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May 19, 2013
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May 12, 2013
windows & railings
aestone added this to Lisa split level
May 9, 2013
Under staircase
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April 7, 2013
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April 4, 2013
Upper windows
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April 3, 2013
kcmatthes added this to Exterior Ideas
April 3, 2013
split level stairs
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March 23, 2013
Split level
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March 12, 2013
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March 6, 2013
el shababeek
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February 22, 2013
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February 8, 2013
open stairs
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February 7, 2013
Ceiling is coloured instead awesome
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January 18, 2013
interior stairs:)
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January 16, 2013
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January 15, 2013
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January 14, 2013
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January 12, 2013
light floor
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January 5, 2013
Grover Architectural added this to groverarch1's ideas
December 24, 2012
brings a lot of light in to the spaces
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December 22, 2012
cool railing
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December 21, 2012
dschulte1965 added this to Split Foyer Modern Remodels
December 1, 2012
Open stairs
drememon added this to Staircases and Railings
November 15, 2012
Staircases and railings in a split level.
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October 27, 2012
entryway, colours
Lesley added this to House extension plans
October 26, 2012
bnwoeck added this to bnwoeck's ideas
October 20, 2012
upstairs addition/stairs
hkbach added this to split level
September 30, 2012
Cool redo of entry space
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September 29, 2012
Use of accent colour inside and tie to outside colour
gomouse added this to gomouse's ideas
September 27, 2012
split stir cases?
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September 21, 2012
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September 17, 2012
Split level
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September 6, 2012
tmgrosjean added this to Split level reno
August 25, 2012
Indoor windows to keep the natural light flowing
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August 25, 2012
split entry +2nd floor
dabresalier added this to my new house ideas
August 20, 2012
stair rails.
bethbaltz added this to Split Level Floor Plan Ideas
August 10, 2012
Straight Iron Rails
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July 29, 2012
Stairs in split level
Tracey Sirrat added this to tracey_sirrat's ideas
July 26, 2012
split remodel stairs
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July 23, 2012
love how you can see the different levels
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July 20, 2012
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July 18, 2012
Stairs are not open, but still look contemporary. Roger is ok with these
Leahann Poleto added this to bubblegum71's ideas
July 11, 2012
the light hardwood floors and the iron dividers w/open staircase!!!....gorgeous n airy!!!
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June 12, 2012
cjblack16 added this to Condo Renovation
June 3, 2012
open stairs
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May 30, 2012
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May 29, 2012
ohhhh yeah!
m_frank4 added this to m_frank4's ideas
May 28, 2012
staircase; clean lines; open and bright
jengstler added this to jengstler's ideas
May 27, 2012
Skylights, vaults
koshkindom added this to koshkindom's ideas
May 3, 2012
cool entryway for a 2nd floor addition to a split --- dont' love the lack of foyer, but nice inclusion of light through steps and walls
liveoriginal added this to liveoriginal's ideas
May 1, 2012
black railed staircase
jodibel added this to stairs
April 11, 2012
elanmusa1530 added this to Hallways in Grey
March 30, 2012
wall colouring
Steve Napier added this to mystiquemystic's Favorites
March 19, 2012
champ50iu added this to Split Level Renovation
March 19, 2012
like the railings
marfot added this to marfot's ideas
March 13, 2012
Very inspiring stairs and handrails.
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March 7, 2012
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March 2, 2012
split level 3
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March 2, 2012
stair rails, dark paint mixed with white paint
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March 2, 2012
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March 1, 2012
color combinations
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March 1, 2012
Split level
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February 29, 2012
cage d'escaliers
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February 29, 2012
I like the staircase and railing
selln added this to selln's ideas
February 29, 2012
Split level new interior! wow
Laura Thomas Design Group added this to Work
February 28, 2012
split level A
melmal added this to Ons Nuwe Huis
February 28, 2012
Nice style
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February 28, 2012
split level
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February 27, 2012
stairs design
shoen added this to shoen's ideas
February 26, 2012
this blue in powder room too
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February 26, 2012
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February 26, 2012
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February 26, 2012
stair rails
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February 26, 2012
color and stairways
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February 26, 2012
Stairs for SJI
carolwestover added this to carolwestover's ideas
February 26, 2012
Railings for split to maintain light
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February 26, 2012
Stair case
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