As a response to the growing demand for housing, Edmonton bi-level homes began to emerge in the 1950’s and remains a popular option to this day. Their unique design is aimed at maximizing living space without creating a tall structure and without occupying a large portion of the lot. It involves two separate living levels which you can access easily from the entryway. The entryway is practically a landing between the two flights of stairs taking you to the different levels.
There are various layouts which can be created with this home style. In some cases, the two levels share no common area. Usually, the attached garage and the basement are on the lower level and the living room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms are on the upper one. It is common for the basement to have a large living space.
Another common type of layout in Edmonton bi-level homes has the living room and kitchen connected. This is how the living area becomes more spacious. This open concept floor plan is great for watching the kids and for entertaining too.
The bi-level houses typically have 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. In more modern homes, the master bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom. The other bathroom is shared between the other bedrooms. It is also commonly used as a guest bathroom. Half baths are not commonly found in these homes, but there are exceptions.
The design of Edmonton bi-level homes may seem somewhat unconventional at first, especially to those who are used to the traditional styles, but they can offer a large amount of functional living space.