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PAH Design Guide: Split-level homes

By September 11, 2018No Comments

A design element we’re noticing becoming more and more prevalent in the construction world, as well as in the design requests of our clients, is split or bi/tri-level homes.

Basically, a split-level home incorporates two or three short flights of stairs, creating between two and four separate levels throughout the home, with the exact number chosen based on block-size, home requirements (bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.) and location or outlook of the home.

In the past 12 months we’ve taken on multiple new home builds that have incorporated a split-level design, and have found ourselves falling more and more in love with the concept of spacing the home out vertically.

Why? Well, here are just a few of the benefits we see in choosing a split-level home.



First of all, the design allows us to maximise the space of any size block, as well as the location and gradient.

Block placed on a slope? No worries! If you were opting for a single-storey home, the need for a long, steep driveway and large retaining wall may take up more room on your block than you’d anticipated. But a split-level design will mean while the footprint of your home may be smaller, the space isn’t compromised, as we’re building up, rather than out; allowing you to fully utilise the block you have.

Similarly, if your chosen block is too small to fit a traditional sprawling single-storey home, a split-level will mean you can have the same or similar amount of internal floor space, on your smaller chunk of land!



Not quite a double-storey, but not a single-storey either. A split-level home makes for an interesting aesthetic both internally and externally. A split-level design can also assist in making your home a more practical and functional space, allowing you to “zone” it in a way that works for you.

This may mean bedrooms on upper levels, living and dining on lower, or a combination of both; depending on what best suits you and family’s lifestyle.



Bought a block with an amazing view? Why not capitilise on it! Popping a level or two of your home slightly higher than the general window or roof line of the other homes in your neighbourhood will mean you get the pick of the view; and if it’s a great one, we think you should seize the chance to grab it!

A small balcony or landing on your highest level will also mean those picturesque views can be enjoyed year round.


If you’re interested in building your dream home, and would like to know more about how a split-level home could work for you, get in touch with the team at PAH Construction today!

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