Split Level Remodeling
Do you live in a split-level or split-entry home? Would you like to see ideas on how to improve, upgrade and modernize your home? If so, help is on the way!
The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in conjunction with a group of Twin Cities communities has published "Split Visions: A Planbook of Remodeling Ideas for Split-level and Split-entry Houses," a book full of ideas for remodeling, improving, and updating the split level house type.
Robert Gerloff Residential Architects - the architects who put together the plans for the book-solicited comments over the last year from homeowners through the split-level website. The tremendous response through the website provided Gerloff with information about what homeowners liked, disliked, and what they would change in their 1960s or 70s split-level or split-entry house. Based on these comments, Gerloff developed remodeling plans that include expanding the entry-way, creating storage areas on the first floor, opening up the main floor plan and expanding the kitchen, among many others.
"About 32% of the County's housing stock, or 18,000 homes, are some type of split-level or split-entry", says Barbara Dacy, Executive Director of the Washington County HRA. "These homes are at year 30 in their life cycle and are at the age when most people think about remodeling. The Planbook will offer homeowners, and potential buyers, remodeling ideas that can improve the livability, curb appeal and long term market value of the home. From a housing perspective, the Plan book is a tool to encourage investment in a significant segment of the County's housing market."
In addition to the Washington County HRA, other jurisdictions involved are Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Dakota County CDA, Golden Valley, Hennepin County, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Hope, Plymouth, Roseville, and Shoreview.
Printed copies of the Planbook are available by mail from the Washington County HRA office (651-458-0936), or at the HRA office at 321 Broadway Avenue, St. Paul Park, Minnesota or download your free copy below..