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Old 06-14-2007, 08:44 AM
 
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We don't have a lot of split-foyer homes in Atlanta. I'm assuming split-foyer is the type of home in which you are forced to go up or down immediately upon entering the front door.

There are zillions of split-level homes, however, due to our sloping landscape. These are homes in which the front door is on a level with the kitchen, dining room, living room, and possibly a deck. The lower level (half a story below the main, front-door level) has a den, a bathroom and maybe a garage or carport (and sometimes additional rooms). The upper level (half a story above the main, front-door level) has bedrooms and bathrooms. I lived in a splt-level as a kid that even had a basement, so it was four levels.
I saw some split foyer homes in the Covington area, but they all looked alike in the sub-division. I probably want the daylight entrance (finished). We were on contingency with someone in Covington with a home that style, on a slope; but we opted out of it because of the buyer's market in Michigan. Did not want to hold the sellers "hostage". Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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I think "daylight entrance" just means a basement with a door to the outside on ground level, but I could be wrong about that.

"Split level" is this:

http://www.nerealty.com/s500.jpg
Thank you for sending that example of the home. Thanks to your example, I don't want a split level; I was looking at the split foyer. But now because of the help we received from you and "Moderator", we want the "daylight entrance".
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:52 AM
 
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When I think of split level I think of this: http://midwayhomesinc.com/slides-Terrace-New-Split-Level/a.jpg (broken link)

Technically what JPD has posted is a split level but I don't think it does as bad in resale as the one I posted. Just my $.02.
That's the one! Just want it higher off the ground with steps leading to the front door and a little bit more porch and roofing on top of the porch. Thanks for your $.02. It's cheaper than "mental indecision".
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:59 AM
 
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When I think of split level I think of this: http://midwayhomesinc.com/slides-Terrace-New-Split-Level/a.jpg (broken link)

Technically what JPD has posted is a split level but I don't think it does as bad in resale as the one I posted. Just my $.02.
PS the windows are close to the ground. Does that mean the basement is underground? How does this compare to the split-foyer?
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Old 06-14-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Atlanta Suburbs...Georgia...Life is good!!!
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If your asking about the split foyer model. Up or down as you enter, I would not recommend. Split foyer homes are not a popular model when it comes to re-sale as the overall popularity is no longer the current trend.

In regard to basements, would say the majority of basements you will find in the Atlanta area are slope lot, walk out basements. When I was looking for homes I found that many of the enclosed basements has the mildew smell, dampness, and even in some new models mold was forming.

With the weather extremes in GA, being the overall rainfall in normal years add the heat, the constant humidity, and damp holding clay soil can be pointed to as the culprit.

My opinion, no to split foyer and if a basement look to the walkout daylight basement
Could you tell me what a walkout daylight basement is? I have seen this many times in postings and I may just be used to hearing it called something else but I am also looking at homes available in NE of Georgia(relocating(possibly) from SWFA and being from the NE of the country I am used to basements and would like it for storage as well as farmilarity.
Thanks so much
Lisa
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Old 06-14-2007, 02:45 PM
 
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basically a walkout/daylight basement is one that provides you an entrance/exit without having to use the stairs. This type of basement is usually built on a sloping lot, and it's above ground level @ the back of the house.

Sometimes they (RE Agents and builders) call it the terrace level of the house.


I hope that makes sense...I tried to explain it in the best way possible
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:24 PM
 
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basically a walkout/daylight basement is one that provides you an entrance/exit without having to use the stairs. This type of basement is usually built on a sloping lot, and it's above ground level @ the back of the house.

Sometimes they (RE Agents and builders) call it the terrace level of the house.


I hope that makes sense...I tried to explain it in the best way possible
Thanks -- you made it very plain. I also want to know if that is always a high slope or can it be a slight slope? I saw one in Covington, Ga. (didn't know what it was called) and the hill was "kind of" steep.

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Old 06-14-2007, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Atlanta Suburbs...Georgia...Life is good!!!
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basically a walkout/daylight basement is one that provides you an entrance/exit without having to use the stairs. This type of basement is usually built on a sloping lot, and it's above ground level @ the back of the house.

Sometimes they (RE Agents and builders) call it the terrace level of the house.


I hope that makes sense...I tried to explain it in the best way possible
Got it ...thanks .
Lisa
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:13 AM
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I also want to know if that is always a high slope or can it be a slight slope?
The steepness of the slope varies. Sometimes it's steep, sometimes it's not, sometimes the yard is flat and has a retaining wall instead of a slope.
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:14 AM
 
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The steepness of the slope varies. Sometimes it's steep, sometimes it's not, sometimes the yard is flat and has a retaining wall instead of a slope.
Thank you. I was under the impression that it is always a slope involved. Hope we can find one on flat land, even though I would be greatful for any nice daylight entrance in the right area. Husband said he doesn't like the idea of cutting the grass on a slope. Then he was saying he may have to buy a riding lawnmower. Funny, he can walk the hills of a golf course with no problem.
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