Types of Split-Level Home Renovations

Where did the Split-Level get its start?

The split-level home is thought to have evolved from the ranch-style home promoted by Frank Lloyd Wright and other architects. The design became popular in the mid-1900s as a way to take the modest bungalow-style home and add a more stylish feel. Many homeowners also liked it because it separated public and private areas of the home by the use of half-level changes. But times have changed and so have our needs and how we entertain guests.

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The different types of Split-Level homes on Long Island

Here on Long Island, we have different types of Split-Level homes:

The Side-Split
This is the most common Split-Level home, also depicted in The Brady Bunch TV series, featuring multiple levels visible from the front, bedrooms above the garage on one side, and the main living area on the other side.

The Back-Split
This style is similar but features one level visible from the front and two levels visible from the back.

The Stacked-Split
This style is known for having four or five levels and flights of stairs, with the bedrooms stacked on top of the kitchen and dining room.

The Splanch
Last but not least is the Splanch. This is basically a hi-ranch merged with a split. This has the front door in the middle of the ground floor and the 2nd floor. The ground floor is usually the area for garage access, family room, and laundry room. The 1st floor has a living room and dining room on one side and the bedrooms and baths on the other side.

Which Split-Level is the easiest (and hardest) to renovate?

We get this question all the time. The good news, we have renovated all types of splits, and they all have their own challenges and opportunities.

The model we can usually add the most space to is the side split. When done right you can have a large 1st floor for entertaining, the ground floor can be a cozy study with a fireplace, the 2nd floor is for all of the bedrooms and the 3rd floor can be a private master suite with walk-in closets, a home office, and laundry room.

So now you know which split is the easiest. But which one is the most challenging?

The back split is the most difficult to work on. It requires a lot of design and structure work to get a large kitchen plus and a large and open 1st-floor entertainment space. But don’t worry we have years of experience transforming these homes and have figured out how to turn them into your dream home. There is no job too big for us to tackle. We aren’t called the Split-Level kings for nothing!

While many contractors stay away from Split-Levels because it takes extra work to design the right layout to meet your needs, here at Noah Construction we love the challenge. So if you have a split and want to add space, let’s talk and we can show you what we can do for you!

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Add More Space with a Four Seasons Room

A lot of people love spending time in the outdoors during the spring, summer and fall. But when winter sets in, it is difficult to spend a good deal of time enjoying your scenic view. If you long to spend all of your down time outdoors, you may want to think about building a four seasons room. Not only will you be able to spend a ton of time in your yard out of the elements, but you can also add room to your home. Here’s more information about adding a four seasons room to your home.

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Four Seasons Rooms

Many people call these rooms four seasons rooms, but they can also be called a sunroom or a sun porch. No matter what you call it, a four seasons room consists of an enclosed room, porch, or deck. Often, the floor of the four seasons room is cement, but it could also be laminate flooring, hardwood decking, or composite flooring. The four seasons room is usually glassed in with tons of light.

Your four seasons room can be added either to the side of your house, or to the back of your house. Because this room is actually a room addition, it can add room to your home, and you’ll be able to take advantage of it. For example, you may be able to add storage to your room, such as shelf storage, or under seating storage. You may also want to think about adding a separate cooling or heating feature for your room so that it is comfortable all year round.

When you are ready to build your four seasons room, you should come by and see us. You can also give us a call at 6631.750.2837.

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Design the Perfect Kitchen for the At-Home Chef

With a new year, you may be looking at your home in a new way. One way that you may want to make changes in your home is in your kitchen. You may really want to make changes if you have been spending an inordinate amount of time working in your kitchen as the at-home chef. If you are working a lot in your kitchen, here are some suggestions for a kitchen redesign.

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At-Home Chef Redesign

There are several things you can do in order to make sure your kitchen is the best it can be for the at-home chef. First, you’ll want to make sure your appliances are top of the line. Take a few minutes and think about which appliances you would use most. For example, if you do a lot of entertaining, or you host a lot of family get-togethers, you may want to add a warming drawer to keep your goodies warm for your guests. You can also think about adding a convection oven, an induction cooktop, or a second dishwasher for platters.

In addition, you may want to add an island in the middle of your kitchen to add additional warmers, burners, or a second sink grouping. This can help you entertain larger groups as well. Some at-home chefs prefer to add bar seating or even a tasting section for your friends and relatives. No matter what you want to add, you need to make sure that the kitchen grouping suits your needs, and the needs of your guests. At-home chefs are what’s happening right now, and you’ll want everyone to feel at home.

When you’re ready to design your new kitchen, you need to give us a call at 631.750.2837.

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Update Your Fireplace

Have you looked at your fireplace lately? When was the last time your fireplace was updated? If you have lived in your house for a while, and you can’t remember the last time your fireplace got an update, you will want to think about ways you can update the centerpiece of your living area or great room. Here are some of our suggestions for a fireplace update.

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Update Suggestions

First, you may want to think about painting your brick fireplace. If your brick doesn’t match your decor, you can have it painted. You may also want to have the bricks painted if they are in a color that is older than you are. No one wants to see avocado green or harvest gold from the 70s on your fireplace.

You may also want to think about having glass doors installed in front of your fireplace. Not only will this keep your fireplace cleaner, but it also makes your fireplace look more modern. There are all kinds of glass doors for fireplaces, so you’ll be able to find one that fits your decor.

If your fireplace doesn’t have a mantle, you may want to think about adding one. You can find several different types of mantles that would go with your house, whether you are looking for a contemporary mantlepiece or something that looks industrial. If you are looking for a mantle that would fit into a farmhouse or primitive look, you may want to go and look for a repurposed mantle that was salvaged from an older home. Not only will it fit into your decor, but it will also save you tons of money.

When you are ready to update your fireplace, you need to give us a call at 631.750.2837.

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Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

Perhaps more than any other year in memory, people want to make their holiday season merry and bright. This desire to really deck the halls this year extends not only to the inside of the home but the outside as well. If you are looking for ideas on how to really brighten up the exterior of your home for the holiday season, we’ve got tips and tricks for you to try.

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Decorating for the Holidays

First, you will want to pick a theme. This theme will carry you throughout the holiday season. If you want your theme to be a natural holiday, you’ll want to use natural greenery, pine cones, and holly in your decorating scheme outdoors. Ring your doorframe in pine and berries, and wrap the natural garland around your porch. One pro tip, why not combine some dried oranges or lemons and cinnamon sticks into your natural garland? The citrus scent combined with the scent of pine is worth breathing in.

Next, if there are cherished large pieces of decor you have, you will want to place them in your decor outdoors next. If you have a cherished set of reindeer and sleigh, find the perfect place for them in the front of your house, and work around it. You need to have a focal point for your display. Be sure when you are placing your large pieces you are mindful of not blocking your driveway or walking paths. No one wants to spend Christmas with a broken ankle.

Finally, be sure your display is as spectacular during the evening as it is during the day. You’ll want to have a lot of lights to brighten the landscape. Not only will they make your house look festive, but they’ll also highlight your gorgeous decorations. Now you have some great tips for making your holiday house stand out!

When you’re ready to tackle your next remodel or redo, you need to give Noah Construction a call today. Our number is 631.750.2837.

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What You Need to Know About Roof Dormers

Roof dormers can improve your home in a variety of ways. Whether you want to add living space to your home or you want to enhance its appearance, consider adding roof dormers to your property. Here is what you need to know about roof dormers:

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A dormer is a roof structure that often features a window. Dormers extend from beyond the plane of a pitched roof. Roof dormers can add extra room to an attic or second story room. Roof dormers can also help your home look more cozy and eye-catching from the street.

If you want roof dormers, the first thing you need to consider is whether or not your home can even have roof dormers. It’s best to check with a professional to make sure your home can handle a dormer. A truss-framed roof may not work, but a stick-framed roof may.

Dormers have many perks. For one, they can add an accent detail to the exterior of your home. They can also improve the interior space of your home. They can even add sunlight to a room that otherwise may not be well-lit, such as an attic. Plus, dormers improve ventilation and allow for more fresh air in your home.

There are various dormer designs you can select for your home. An arched top or barrel roof dormer has a rounded design, while eyebrow dormers look more like half circles. If you want something more square, a flat roof dormer is a way to go. Shed roof dormers are also a popular option for a variety of homes.

Work with Noah Construction and Builders to get the roof dormer of your dreams. Call us at 631-750-2837 for a consultation!

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Remodeling a Split Level Home

Split-level homes became popular starting the 1940s based on early designs by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his Arts and Crafts design. They lend themselves well to both smaller lot sizes and lots in uneven or hilly areas. Some of these homes are now in need of renovations or the current owners may need to expand them for more room. This can be problematic if not done correctly since additions may look out of place with the original design. Noah Construction & Builders can help with your needed split-level renovations.

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Sometimes all that will be needed are cosmetic changes inside and out to make a split-level home feel more modern and current. However, renovations take certain expertise due to the design of these homes. Splits normally had a lower level for informal living, a middle level for the kitchen and dining areas, and an upper floor for bedrooms and personal spaces. Adding another bedroom on the upper level may not be possible due to floor loading or wall constraints. There may be other options available so discuss them with the experts at Noah Construction & Builders.

One consideration may be to convert either a garage or basement area to additional living space if either is available. This does not result in any structural changes to the exterior of the home. If that is not possible, adding additional rooms at the rear of the home can add space without changing the curb appearance of the home relative to the neighbors. Adding space by a slab foundation build can also be cheaper than adding rooms at a higher elevation because of the structural changes that must be made to allow for the added weight of the additions.

If you don’t need additional room but wish to update the interior of the home, one way is to remove walls carefully to create a more open look. This is a great way to improve the interior of the home for family and entertaining because many older homes had separate rooms walled off into specific spaces that weren’t too inviting. Make sure you discuss your needs with Noah Construction & Builders because we will need to investigate which walls are load-bearing and they will need to be replaced with proper headers to support loads above them.

If you own a split-level home and are ready for renovations or modernizations, please call Noah Construction & Builders at 631-750-2837 and let us show you how we can make your dreams come true.

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Ways to Update Your Staircase

Looking for ways to update that drab staircase? There are actually a lot of ways to make your old, boring staircase look amazing and showplace worthy. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some great ideas for updating your staircase.

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Need to Update Your Staircase? Here Are Our Tips

First, you can update your staircase by adding a runner. Instead of the usual boring carpet, try adding a bold patterned carpet for your staircase, such as leopard or zebra striped. You might also want to add a border to make the runner stand out beautifully. If you are looking for a more natural runner, you may want to try natural sisal rugs.

Another idea for your staircase update is to paint your stairs. Depending on your home’s look, you can paint the stairs a bold, vibrant color for a modern, contemporary look. You can also paint your stairs a darker hue for a modern farmhouse or industrial look. Want to do a primitive look? You can dry brush the paint onto your stairs as well. A coat of paint can do wonders.

If you have a home on the coast, or you have a Spanish-style home, you may want to have part of your stairs tiled, which gives your home a great, artistic Rococo look that is present in many homes. It is beautiful and easy to clean.

One of our favorite ideas is to use several small rugs with matching colors, but different patterns to create a vintage look, especially if your home is vintage as well. This look works beautifully with winding staircases or large staircases.

When you are ready to update your staircase, you need to give us a call at 631.750.2837. You could come by and see us at 80 Orville Drive, Suite 116, Bohemia, New York 11716.

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What to Consider When Looking for A Home Builder

If you have made the decision to build your next home, you are going to need a home builder. In the past, people built their own homes out of things they had on their land: wood and stone. Those people didn’t really have a choice when they needed to build a home. However, these days you have a choice. When you’re looking for a home builder, here are some things to consider.

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What Should I Look For?

The most important thing you need to ask your potential home builder is whether he or she is licensed in your state and whether his or her employees are insured and bonded. All of this is for your protection because shoddy homebuilders are everywhere. Homebuilders can also have national certification as well, such as the National Association of Home Builders. You should ask about any certification the builder might have.

You also want to look at reviews of your potential home builder. Look at recommendations on the builders’ website, as well as customer recommendations on search engines such as Google. You want to look for a builder with good communication skills because if you can’t communicate with your builder, you can’t help the builder see your dream.

Your home builder should also be able to present you with plans and a budget that accurately reflects the costs of construction. It is only when you have a budget that you can plan and get funding for your project. You want to make sure that the budget accounts for quality construction because that will make your house sell quickly down the road. This is not the time to cut corners on a build.

When you’re ready to look for a home builder, we hope you’ll think of us. Give us a call at 631.750.2837 or come by and see us at 80 Orville Drive, Suite 116, Bohemia, New York, 11716.

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Smart Home Tech Trend

When you were younger, you may have watched shows such as “The Jetson’s”, or even the “Smart House” movie on the Disney Channel, and you dreamed about what your home would look like in the future, when all of your home appliances, security and HVAC services were connected. All you would have to do is voice command, and your home would perform services for you. Although the tech industry is not quite up to George Jetson’s level, it has adapted into Smart Home technology. Here are some trends to look for if you are building or remodeling a home.

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Security and Home Monitoring Services

When people begin to put in Smart Home technology, this is where they usually start. Having cameras installed outside your house to monitor activity or call emergency services when necessary is vital. With this technology, you can watch activities both inside and outside your home even when you aren’t there. You can also turn on lights, adjust the heating and air systems, and even open or lock doors. What a great way to make sure your home stays as safe as you can make it.

You can also use home monitors and sensors to save money on your homeowner’s insurance. Monitors can be installed that allows you to sense when you have a water leak, or when there is moisture in your basement. Because these monitors will let you know ahead of time when a problem is going to occur, you can get it repaired before any damage happens.

By making your home smarter, you are increasing the value of your home, as well as decreasing the chances you will have to use that homeowner’s insurance policy to cover damage from a busted water heater or a home break-in.

When you’re ready to jump into the new tech trend, we hope you’ll give us a call at 631.750.2837 or come by and see us at 80 Orville Drive, Suite 116 Bohemia, New York, 11716.

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