Creating a Modern Split Level House (Before/After)

Is it possible to turn your home into a modern split-level house? Well, yes! Driving around many parts of the United States, you’ll find plenty of split-level homes, most built somewhere between the 50s and 70s. Many of these homes, perhaps yours included, have been updated inside but still reflect their original era on the exterior.

If you’re looking for ideas for how to create a modern split level house, check out these beautifully updated split-level exterior remodels. And if you’re looking for more inspiration, take a look at our other posts in our split-level homes series.

Upgraded Curb Appeal

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Pic: Lisa Berardo

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Pic: Lisa Berardo

This classic tri-level facelift turned a boring, dated exterior into a cute home with loads of curb appeal! The homeowner not only painted the siding, trim, garage door, and shutters, but they also added a tile on the lower section of the exterior that resembles bricks. It gave the siding an instant upgrade.

The new landscaping opens up the exterior view and creates cleaner lines. Decorative accents on the front porch and new lighting elevate the overall appearance of the home.

Modernized Entry

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Source: Renovation Design Group

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Source: Renovation Design Group

This stunning exterior remodel by Renovation Design Group took an otherwise basic raised ranch exterior and gave it a completely new, contemporary look.

The beautiful after photo shows a transformed and modern exterior with a new roof line. The updated entryway design creates a ton of natural light, and the new siding and refreshed paint go much better with the brick. Read more about this split-level modernization here.

Contrasting Colors

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Source: @idreaminblueprints

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Source: @idreaminblueprints

This tri-level transformation by Jen from I Dream In Blueprints has been remodeled both inside and out. Updating the windows, roof, and painting the brick black completely modernized the home’s exterior. Painting the brick black creates a cohesive and stylish look that pops agains the crips white siding.

The new windows have cleaner lines and the dark roof matches well with the newly painted brick. The updated porch with wood railings is a much more contemporary look. Its inspiring me to paint our exterior brick black!

Cohesive Look

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Source: @withoutmelissa

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Source: @withoutmelissa

As with the previous split-level exterior update, this dark painted brick is inspiring me to paint our brick a dark and dramatic color. The transformative power of paint!

The bold choice of color instantly updates the outdated design and gives the home a sleek and contemporary look. The modernized color scheme not only enhances the curb appeal of the home, but it also helps to create a cohesive look between the two-story and one level sections of this tri-level home. This is something we’ve struggled with our own tri-level; the different sections can look like two separate houses!

The revitalized landscaping makes a huge difference too; cleaner look and less overgrown.

White and Bright Refresh

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Source: Pinterest

Here is an example of an all-white exterior, with a beautiful aqua blue door for a pop of color. Painting the exterior of a split-level house all white instantly brightens up the facade and creates a clean, crips aesthetic.

White is a timeless and versatile color that can also make your home look larger and more spacious! Removing the shutters on the bottom stories of this modern update also helped to create an illusion of more surface area.

Our Split-Level Exterior, So Far

We’ve updated quite a bit on our split-level exterior, and have plans for more. More painting, maybe some changes coming to those random brick arches down the line…?! Here’s our updates so far, and you can read more about how we are creating a more modern split-level house here.

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Creating a modern split-level house is possible, whether its simply a new paint scheme or a completely renovated entry. We have a lot more split-level inspiration- check out our other posts!

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