post-1950s split-level ranch houses," Lamaster-Millett says. The split-level ranch was used as a point of departure and addressed the sloped site, while simple lines and details were inspired by farmhouses. The stone wall in front came from a local quarry.
stairs and railings in split level home entryway are a problem; here glass panels are used; try stainless steel rods or rails
my own split-level is the dated wrought-iron railing that separates the middle and lower floors. I've been scratching my head over how to update it, and I love this approach. The glass panels preserve the same openness as the railing, but look sleek and sophisticated.
suburban split level to elegant family home
By John Byrd
Sometimes it’s not limited square footage that makes a house inadequate—it’s how that square footage is configured.
Take, for example, a circa 1970’s split level situated on a shady cul de sac in Vienna. With over 3,200 square feet of living
guided the split-level’s owners through a top-to-bottom makeover.
“In the last two decades, designers have learned a lot about how to customize a traditional production house floorplan to suit a real family’s actual needs,” Mitchell observes. “The size of a room is less important than its context. The goal
first level rooms adjacent to the family room we could either delete or re-assign in our quest for an optimal first level master suite.”
Eliminating the superfluous soaking tub gave Mitchell the footprint needed to relocate the laundry to the second floor. The former master bedroom suite now becomes