Bi-Level House Plans - Bi-Level Home Plans - Bi-Level Floor Plans - Split Level House Plans
The bi-level house plan is a less popular variation of the Raised Ranch house plan and has two levels. A split-entry plan generally has a main floor with all the living spaces including the kitchen, dining room, living room and bedrooms, and a basement completely exposed except for any fill brought in to put against a daylight wall or 3 foot of fill. The front door leads to an entryway between the two levels, with stairs leading up and down. The bi-level house makes less use of space than the raised ranch home because the garage takes up part of the basement space. Bi-level homes are also great speculation homes for builders as they are typically less expensive to build and offer better living space on two levels.
Building characteristics and property considerations: A Bi-Level has the garage floor and the lower level at the same height. From the front elevation the stairs comes from the level of the drive way and goes to a landing in the middle of the house. When you enter the foyer you have the option of going up to the main floor or down to the lower level.
The Bi-Level home is best suited for flat lots with a high water table.
However, if the lot requires a septic system; fill sand will need to be brought in and built above the existing ground level, leaving a large mound somewhere around the home.