A lot of the homes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in the Boston area and its suburbs are split-level properties. Upgrading these properties is a challenge with its traditional layout as well as limited and divided spaces between two or three floors. If you have an investment property and are considering remodeling it, these five split level remodel ideas are highly recommended by the experts:
Facade and Front Entry
Strategic landscaping helps to balance the look of the home from the front. Consider constructing raised garden beds to hide the slope of the property. Add decorative elements like siding, tiles, and stones to enhance its appeal.
To divert the attention from the garage in the front, add an eye-catching front door entry. Painting the home in neutral and earthy colors is a single most strategy to spruce up the exterior of your home.
Adding Spaces Or Open Up Spaces
You can add more space to the entry by extending the front roof. Consider removing the closet in the entryway to another place as another option. Get rid of some existing walls, arrange furniture and plants strategically for an open and functional feel.
Some split-level homes have multiple small rooms. Merging them can create a more open and bigger space.
If it fits your budget, construct a new garage as a backyard extension and convert the existing garage into a living space with proper permitting and code. With more space in these homes in the backyard, consider building a deck or patio for outdoor entertaining.
Extra bedroom in the house can be converted into an office space with cabinets for storage.
Small hallways connecting living space to the garage can be made into mudrooms with shelves for storage.
Relocate the closet or coat hanger from the front entry to the top of the stairs to make space in the entryway.
Some homes are quite dark with smaller windows. Adding extra LED lighting (energy efficient) will brighten up the space significantly. Skylights are a great way to bring the natural light in. If you are able to add extra windows on the sides, those are awesome investments.
Improve Air Circulation and Temperature
Even out the temperature in the house by installing furnace fans all around the house and running them at low speed. Having multiple thermostats allows you to control the temperature in the surrounding spaces as needed. Remodeling a split-level rental is difficult, but not impossible. Extensive projects has to be permitted and planned so the functionality is not compromised between the floors.
If your investment home is a split-level structure and needs updating, it is recommended that you consult with the professionals right from planning to execution. Please contact us at R.H. Blanchard for more split level remodel ideas and so we can guide you step by step in this process.