Who said the split story home is dead? Most of the ones near where I live, unfortunately, are >30 years old and don't manage to garner particularly good resale values.
Advantages of split story homes in general include less stair-climbing despite having multiple levels (which, in turn, give the home a "larger" look out front), as well as higher "green" efficiency if oft-used regions of the home are submerged in earth. This is important in areas that see 100F and -20F within 5 months of each other.
This "square split" is a conventional split turned sideways, making it look like a 1 1/2 story home in the front (literally, with half of the higher basement story showing out front), partially removing that 1970s stigma.
To see how a kindergartner would draw out the exterior of this plan, check out [link]
This home also serves a deeper (pun intended?) purpose, to give my parents an easier-to-navigate domicile when they get old and have issues climbing stairs (Mom's only 45 and already has osteoarthritis).
A little ironic, since they wouldn't even (initially, until I fell a few times due to perception issues due to chronic meningitis) install a banister down to the lowest level of our current house. Call this plan an ironic combination of unrequited familial love and making said family feel bad.
The basics (as shown above in the plan):
Type: Single family, split stories (3-4)
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms
Finished Area, Main Levels (splits 1 and 2): 2000 square feet
Finished Area, Lower front split (#3): 990 square feet
Total Area, Finished: 2990 square feet
Garage: 2-Car with storage, approx. 450 square feet
Listed Area: 3440 square feet
* Split stories (duh) with 3 splits shown as finished:
* Highest split: Entry, 2BR/1.5BA, kitchen, dining, eat-in
* Rear (second) split: 2-car garage, great room, master suite
* Lower forward split (half submerged in the front, open to walk-out towards the back/right): Guest bedroom, office space, full bath, home theatre room, recreation/exercise room, utility closet (unfinished).
* Lowest split (rear, optional): Shown as unfinished/optional. Would likely end up as a walk-out story on most lots that would accommodate this plan.
* Split stories allow partial undergrounding and potential savings on cooling and heating costs.
* Third (front lower) split has a walk-out exit.
* Entry (highest) split has a large entryway that can double as a gallery/parlor (sort of a common theme in anything I draw)
* Oooh, home theatre.
* A long cupola skylight will be required to light up the entry as well as the eat-in area, which are both closed to the exterior, save for the entryway's doors.
* Main bedrooms (top front split) are small.
* I forgot to put a door into the master bedroom; this could cause inconvenience if built as such.
Again, exterior coming when I feel like drawing it (I don't anticipate it being an easy exterior to draw out).
Also, note that this went into "digital art". Although the initial plan was graphite-on-paper, I had to do so much touch up (as well as the labeling) on the computer that this is more a digital work.