Our Favourite Things: My Sidesplit Home
by Real Estate Sales Representative Rebecca Johnson
For the next few months, The Kate Broddick Team is going to be chatting about our personal favourite things at home. Whether it’s some unique item we’ve purchased, or something larger like the house itself, we wanted to share some of the things we cherish over the holiday season.
I have lived in many single storey and two storey homes, with both traditional and open concept floor plans. In fact, I’ve lived in 17 different homes over the years, and of all the houses I have lived in from Toronto to Brantford I’ve never lived in a split-level home.
I never really considered this style until I previewed one and fell in love with it. The first thing that I noticed when I entered this home was the amount of space and the abundant amount of natural light that came in the home. This home (and sidesplits in general) truly feels bigger than it actually is. Since it’s a split-level home, the lot on which is sits on is much wider than the typical home. Because of the width, the backyard is a nice wide backyard space which I cannot wait to start planning an outdoor living space without losing any grass.
As you enter the home, we have a large foyer, powder room and family room which walks out to the rear yard. As you know in split houses, you’ll have short staircases to get to the next level which is nice on older knees, and gives the home an open-concept and larger feel. Just a few steps up from our main level, we’ve got a generous sized living room, dining room and kitchen. Off of the walkway to the kitchen is another set of stairs which lead you up to the main bath and bedrooms. This sleeping area is nicely tucked away for kids to have quiet and privacy from the rest of the home, while Mom & Dad are still up watching tv. Everything just flows from one level to the next!
Speaking functionally, a sidesplit home is very easy to heat and cool; in the colder months the heat doesn’t have as far to travel and vice versa for the summer months.
The split level layout was definitely more desirable than I thought it would be, since it is a dated idea that was formed in the 1950’s right after WWII. I think whoever designed it knew it was desirable for family living and entertaining with having many levels or zones for family to gather in. It combines the perfect balance of open concept with a casual version of the traditional floorplan. I encourage all Buyers to be open to looking at homes! You may just fall in love with something new, like I did!