Sunday, April 22, 2012

A bright idea: the front-split

Split level houses were very popular in the mid-century and came in many shapes and sizes. The side-split was a popular option for wider home sites, but for narrower lot widths, the back-split became the split level of choice for builders. The biggest drawback of a back-split is the lack of a back door to the rear yard. With the bedrooms at the rear of most back-split designs, there is a visual disconnect between the living spaces and the yard.
Edstan Homes - Lynwood Village. A typical back-split plan.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Campeau built a series of homes that is the perfect solution to the problem of a split level house on a narrow lot: the front-split. The design below from Carson Meadows, places the split level bedrooms at the front, and wonderful expanse of living spaces at the back open to the yard.


Likewise, these two designs in Katimavik by Campeau are front-splits. A version of the top plan was also built in Carson Meadows.







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