Updating a 70 s split foyer
These homes were designed to separate living areas from sleeping areas and to provide formal and informal living areas. Disadvantages include uneven heating and cooling and many stairs.
The heating and cooling challenge can be met by installing a zoned system.
Important design changes: Balconies which create a horizontal element across the entire home which breaks up the vertical wall on the right of the home (before).
In trying to budget for renovations at each home we considered buying we had to keep this in mind as new railings and spindles can be quite expensive.
The simplest and least expensive way to update this style of staircase is to paint the risers and stringers white, leaving the treads in a wood finish.
The split foyer-style house, a stalwart of 1970s design, typically features a front entryway that is between floors and faces a short staircase leading up to a main living level and another going down to a finished lower level that has plenty of natural light.
It is a two-floor variation of the split-level, a design that features at least three staggered floors and an entryway that is level with the main floor.