A Tri-Level or Split-Level home’s most defining aspect is that its main floor sits between the upper and lower floors. From the outside, these homes can be mistaken for a ranch home but inside they really stand out.
A Tri-Level has two short stairways on the main floor. They are usually right next to each other, one going up and one going down—much like a staircase in a commercial building. The main floor itself usually has the living room, kitchen and dining area. The upper floor most often has the bedrooms, while the basement usually holds the laundry facilities, office, family room or garage. Basements are usually always finished in a tri-level home.
Tri-Levels are usually one of the cheaper architectural styles found in the US but can really match well with young families. Their lack of single floor living or a first floor master can cause issues for older homeowners.
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