My family and I recently moved to a small town in NJ from New York City. We took a leap of faith into the “Burbs” and I have to say…so far, so good! We’re all loving the space, back yard and fresh(er) air.
Having grown up in New England, I am a loyal fan of traditional northern architecture. I haven’t met a cape or salt box colonial that I didn’t like or at least appreciate to some degree. When our realtor asked, “Would you be open to a split-level?” I answered, immediately, with a firm “NO!’
So, now we find ourselves in a little Cape that, ironically, is around the corner from a neighborhood of probably 50 split level houses. Having walked both my son and my dog through that neighborhood for 2 months now, I have developed a new appreciation for this style and the potential of these sometimes tired and dated exteriors.
This first home is what I think of when I hear “split-level.” This is pretty true to the original style and while functional, feels dated and, for lack of a better word, flat.
My intention here is not to knock split-level homes but to show you two really interesting examples of renovations that really elevated and modernized the exteriors of two very similar homes.
This first example is oozing curb appeal and charm. By changing the materials, trim and roof profile of the once flat exterior, they made this home feel warm, charming and modern.
This second home also changed the profile of the exterior by adding a pretty entrance detail. However, this Tuscan feeling stucco treatment is surprisingly effective and adds warmth and interest to the facade.