Do you know what a split-style floor plan is? You’ve definitely heard of 2-stories and ranches, but it’s possible that you haven’t heard of a split-style home. Essentially, these layouts consist of multiple floors that are connected by short flights of stairs. Usually, upon entering through the front door, you’ll be greeted by a staircase that goes up to the bedroom level and another that will take you down to the basement. 

In a split-style floor plan, a portion of the basement is almost always finished and can serve multiple purposes. Many split-level homeowners will use the finished basement area as a living room, movie room, or entertainment space. If there’s an unfinished basement area, this space can be used for storage or even an at-home gym! Overall, this floor plan style is modern, unique, and open, making the home look spacious! In this blog post, we’re discussing why a split-style home may be a great option for your lifestyle. 

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Let’s talk numbers! One of the perks of purchasing a split-style home is that they are generally more affordable than other layouts. A split-style floor plan usually costs less to build because it doesn’t have as many interior walls. These floor plans tend to have a modest square footage, so they require fewer materials to build resulting in a more affordable price! 

Less Cleaning

Low square footage means less cleaning! If every room has a purpose, a junk pile is less likely to accumulate. If you outsource your house cleaning, then you’re likely to get a maid at a much cheaper rate than your neighbor with a bigger house. 


If you want an open-concept house, a split-style home is a great option! The living room, kitchen, and dining space are usually all in the same area. This allows you to comfortably entertain your friends and family. 


Unlike a ranch or 1.5-story floor plan, the master bedroom has more privacy in a split-style home since it’s not near the main living area. A staircase will separate the main living area from the bedrooms, offering a quiet getaway. 

Low Maintenance 

Last but not least, the upkeep in a new split-style floor plan is typically very manageable. Because there’s less house, you won’t have to worry about tons of maintenance or repairs. 

Our Split-Style Floor Plans

Currently, we offer a few split-style floor plans that our homeowners can choose from. These include the Cypress and the Redbud. Every so often we may add or modify our floor plans, but you can click here to stay up to date with our split-style options. 

The Cypress Floor Plan

Our Cypress floor plan can be built with 3-4 beds, 2.5-3.5 baths, and 1884-2155 square feet. These customizations can be made depending on how much space you are looking for! Click here to see the floor plan specs. The plan features are subject to change at any time, but currently include: 

  • Engineered Hardwood at Foyer, Kitchen, Dining, and Great Room
  • I-Joist Floor System
  • Crown Molding in Master Bedroom
  • Granite Kitchen Countertops
  • 8’ Garage Door
  • Fireplace With Single Mantle
  • Walk-In Pantry
  • Drop Zone

The Redbud Floor Plan

Our Redbud floor plan includes 3 beds, 2 baths, and is 1575 square feet. Click here to see the floor plan specs. The plan features are subject to change at any time, but currently include: 

  • Engineered Hardwood at Foyer, Kitchen, Dining, and Family Room
  • I-Joist Floor System
  • Granite Kitchen Countertops
  • Crown Molding in Master Bedroom
  • Kitchen Island
  • Fireplace With Single Mantle
  • Drop Zone

Looking For A New Home? 

We hope you enjoyed learning about split-style homes! Are you on the hunt for a new construction home in Kansas City, Liberty, Kearney, or Parkville? If so, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our available listings here. 

Our Homes Are Inspected By Experts

When you purchase a home from Hearthside Homes, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your largest investment has been inspected thoroughly by industry leaders. Not many home builders outsource their inspections out to an impartial third-party expert. We want our clients to be confident when investing in our new construction homes. 

Cosmetic Inspection

Our cosmetic inspection process ensures that each area of your home is beautiful and functional. We have the best of the best working when it comes to the intricate details of your home! Our on-site managers will review the property from top to bottom and make sure it’s ready for you to call “home”.

Third-Party HVAC Duct Cleaning

We hire third-party HVAC pros to make sure your ducts are clean and ready for use. After all, the functionality of our homes is a top priority!  

Third-Party Sewer Line Inspection

In addition, a third-party sewer line inspection is performed on all of our spec homes so that your family can move in with confidence. 

Third-Party Home Inspection

Last but not least, we offer a third-party home inspection! Another set of eyes ensures that our work is complete. A third-party inspector will verify that the home is ready to be enjoyed by homeowners! 

Unbeatable Warranty

Did we mention, we offer a 12-month warranty on all of our new homes, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction? You can relax knowing that Hearthside Homes has your best interest at heart.

Customer Satisfaction Is A Top Priority 

We value our customers and want them to have a positive buying experience as well as a long-lasting final product. Click here to watch some of our video testimonials. 

Olivia shares on Google: “From start to finish – Hearthside was amazing to work with!! They remained on schedule and kept in constant communication with us throughout the process. Our home is beautiful and everything was done with quality in mind. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience!”

More About Hearthside Homes of Kansas City! 

Want to learn more about the floor plans we offer? Click here to check out our 2 story, 1.5 story, reverse, ranch, and split style floor plans.Click here to learn more about our Design Center. You can find it at 1915 Industrial Dr #300, Liberty, MO 64068. To request more information about getting started with the home building process or buying a home from Hearthside homes, please fill out this form on our website or give us a call at (816) 781-0234

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