Split entry homes are generally defined as being homes with an entry at one main level of the home, while two other portions of the home are shifted a half-story either up or down, with stairs connecting the three sections. Renovating these homes usually involves updating the style of the home, which dates from the 1960s. The usual renovations include finishing unfinished areas of the home, updating the kitchen and bathrooms, and creating a master suite in the home.
Update the Kitchen
Remodeling the kitchen of your home should be the first thing on your list. More so than any other room in the house, a kitchen renovation adds considerable value to your home. Install new cabinets, flooring, lighting and updated appliances. While split-level homes often incorporate a small dining room on the main floor of the home, they only occasionally include an eat-in kitchen. If you don't have room, raise one counter top and make it a breakfast bar.
Renovate the Bathrooms
Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are one of the best value-adding renovations you can perform on your home. Split-level homes often include a single full bathroom on the upper floor, as well as a half-bath on the lower floor. Update the lower floor bathroom to incorporate a stand-up shower and add space to your upstairs bathroom to include a garden tub with a window overlooking the backyard of the home.
Finish the Basement
Many split level homes also incorporate a fourth level to the home that serves as a foundation for the main level. This is often left unfinished by the contractor to save money. Homeowners use the area for a laundry room and all-purpose catch-all. To renovate, close off the laundry room from the rest of the basement and set up a game room. Cover the floor with padding and carpet, install drop-ceiling panels, and a flat-screen television, stereo and video game system. To cap the room off, have a pool table or poker table installed.
Build a Master Suite
Master suites are a sought-after amenity in homes today, and the trend isn't likely to change any time soon. Add a private dressing and bath room above the kitchen. This allows you to minimize the additional plumbing necessary. Make the dressing and bath room accessible via a set of stairs from the nearest bedroom for your own private sanctuary.
- "Renovation: Completely Revised and Updated"; Michael Litchfield; 2005
- "Renovating for Profit"; Michael Holmes; 2008
- "Remodeling A Basement Revised Edition"; Roger German; 2010
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