Bi-Level House Plans
A bi-level house is essentially a one-story home that has been raised up enough that the basement level is partially above ground, providing natural light and making it an ideal space for living areas. The basements in such homes are almost always finished into comfortable family, game, or play rooms, but they can be done at a later time because the essential parts of the home—bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen—are included on the upper level. The square footage of the lower floor is usually less than the main floor due to a drive-under garage
and utilities. The entries of bi-level homes are also unique in that there is a staircase up to the front door, and then a small landing just inside that sits between the two floors, connecting to two short staircases that lead up and down. Often referred to as a raised ranch, this style was especially popular in the 1950's and remains a favorite for families because the kids can play downstairs without disrupting the rest of the house. If you need assistance choosing a bi-level house plan, please email
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