A split-level home is a very distinct style of house. It has multiple floor levels which are staggered. Typically, the main level contains the living areas: the kitchen, the dining room and family room and usually has two short sets of stairs. In total, there are usually three or four levels.
The entry is on the middle floor and the front door opens directly into the living area. There are also numerous other styles of split level homes, depending on the number of levels, their distribution and the overall layout and design of the house.
Strictly in terms of interior design and functionality, split level homes allow for a better organization of the space. Usually the dining area is on a different level than the living room and this creates a distinction between the two functions even though they are basically connected and share the same open floor plan.
It’s also common to have the kitchen situated on a slightly higher level than the dining and living areas. It’s an interesting design. The two spaces are clearly separated yet there are no walls between them. The kitchen offers you more privacy this way although it may be just an illusion. To better separate these two spaces, you can place the kitchen island in between them.