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Un-Split My Home

By December 5, 2015 March 21st, 2019 No Comments

Un-split My Home

A family seeks to expand their 1950’s, split-level home. They ask me, “help us un-split my home.” They have discovered that split-level homes prove to be inflexible and challenging to improve. The most obvious solutions were limited to additions to the rear of the home. Unfortunately, these solutions offered no relief for the shortcomings of the existing spaces.

Existing front view

Existing front view

The solution became obvious. The half-story-up section, the obstacle to any modification of any of the existing spaces, had to go. We needed to “un-split” the house. The battle cry became, “un-split my home.” Together we developed a design to convert a once compartmentalized plan into the open and flowing home that they desired. We did so by removing the obstacle of the half story.

New Design Features

  • Open and flowing plan
  • New and expanded Kitchen with expansive island
  • Living Room, Dining Room, and Game Area
  • 12 foot high ceilings for the Family Room
  • Sweeping views of the rear yard and the forest beyond
  • Screen Porch
  • Two Car Garage
  • Master Bedroom suite with Screen Porch
  • Guest Bedroom suite
  • Two additional bedrooms
  • Jack & Jill bathroom

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Finally, the exterior facade is treated to a renewed and refreshed craftsman architectural character, while preserving the quaint scale of the surrounding neighborhood. The new covered front porch integrates the home into the vibrant community, often serving as the gathering place for the neighborhood families.

By utilizing the home’s assets and making only minor adjustments to its footprint, we were able to leverage the home’s intrinsic value and enhance its function and aesthetic. The home now fulfills the needs of the family without falling victim to total demolition. This unique improvement strategy made the project affordable and restored the overall value of the property well into the future.

Come learn more about Un-Splitting your home

www.UnSplitMyHome.com

Ready to discuss your home project? Contact me for your free 15 minute Clarity Call (847-412-0692).

Contact Information

Mark E. Benner, AIA

Mark Eric Benner – Architects, Ltd.

17225 Ferndale Avenue

Northbrook, IL  60062

info@MEBArchitect.com

Call me: 847-412-0692

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