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Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home

Hey there Remodelaholic readers! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back this month with another reader question mockup to hopefully inspire some creative ideas for your outdoor space. If you’ve missed any of my past mockup posts, you can always see all my posts here.

If you follow Remodelaholic on Facebook, you’ve probably seen several of the reader questions that are submitted every month. Each month, I choose one reader submitted photo to offer my suggestions on, and I create a Photoshop mock up of what I would do if I were in your shoes! (Pssssst— you can submit your reader questions by messaging Remodelaholic on Facebook!)

First though, my disclaimer: While I can recommend ideas that I think look nice, I have never seen this house in real life and don’t have accurate measurements. I am also not an architect or landscaper and do not know the planting recommendations for your area- I just like to make things look nice. I can’t guarantee that any of the items I put in my ‘virtual’ design will actually work in real life (or that they’ll fit your design style for that matter), and this is not intended to be a professional design consultation. So think of this as a just-for-fun rendering that hopefully gets your wheels turning and provides some inspiration!

On to the fun!

Before | Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home

READER QUESTION from Cathy — I was wondering if I could get suggestions for some curb appeal for the front of my house? My thoughts are window flower boxes and a new paint color for the front door. Possibly a new screen door and a railing. I would appreciate any other suggestions you and Remodelaholic’s followers have.

This split level style is a fairly common home layout, so I thought some ideas for Cathy might benefit other readers too. To begin, I searched the web for some inspiration:

Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home
Image Source: Houzz | Photo Credit: Chris Blake Architect
Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home
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Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home
Image Source: Matrix 
Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home
Image Source: Dubay Design 
Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home
Image Source: Houzz | Photo Credit: Norwood Architects
Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home
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Sufficiently inspired, I got down to work. Here’s what I came up with to give this dated home a modern makeover:

After | Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home

Rug
Pillows
Door
Planters
Door Handle

Split Level Curb Appeal Ideas

To start with, I updated the door and shutter colors to give the house a little more contrast— always a good idea.

Valspar Sea Serenade

To further up the curb appeal, I added wooden window boxes, which gives the front of the house some detail and interest, while also repeating the natural color of the stone from the landscaping up a little higher. Next, I beefed up the landscaping with some eye-catching full plants under the overhang of the house. This helps balance out the overhang, and makes it feel more intentional. I also brightened up the decor with updated cushions on the furniture, and a rug and throw pillows that tie in with the new front door color.

Finally, and probably the biggest change, I added a new pergola and portico to the front of the house. In the inspiration images above, you can see that the addition of custom details like columns, pergolas, and decorative moldings really elevates the look of a split level home. On this house, the original entrance is nice, and the stone work of the patio is beautiful, so adding a more formal entry and a bit of shade for the seating area just makes the whole home seem finished. It adds a grander feeling to the entryway, as well as some unique detail to the home. You could even hang plants from the pergola to add additional color and texture.

So what do you think? What would you do if this were your home?

Split Level Curb Appeal | How to add character and architectural interest to the exterior of a split level home

As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. If you like this post, and have a design dilemma you’d like me to mock up some ideas for, you can ask your questions by sending Remodelaholic a message over on Facebook, or checkout my mockup design services over on my site adaesthetic.com. And be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram and say hello! Have a great day, friends!

-Dawn


More curb appeal inspiration and tips: 

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  1. Thank you for providing information! I love hearing about projects and in particular I am looking for split level ideas. I just have a problem with my words finding them. In your 8th photo down is a home with square columns in front of the garage. Can you tell me what about this one makes it a split level house? It appears on my tiny screen as a 2 story. All rooms appear to be on the same level as each other and not “split”. How do I find homes that show a split? Thank you