Level Changes: Discovering Spaces

Level Changes: Discovering Spaces

Typically the flooring of a home are treated not as topographies with adjustments in flat but as constant horizontal surfaces, extending from exterior wall to exterior wall and partitioned into rooms. This applies to apartments, one-story houses, and houses with multiple floors, frequently stacked floors connected by stairs. However, of course this isn’t necessarily the situation. Split-level houses may require intermediate amounts. Mezzanines might be inserted into spaces that were tall. And who can forget conversation pits?

Changes in flat inside houses might be more expensive than horizontal ground plates, and they may be discouraging to people who have difficulty climbing steps. However, when wanted and even essential they serve a function which frequently boosts the nature of a home’s spaces.

The following examples highlight the ways that level changes impact the flow of inner spaces, make sure they open, closed, or someplace in between. The vertical changes range from 1 measure to half a floor.

Quezada Architecture

The open doorway in the bottom right of this picture brings you to rock measures and this intermediate level. Open-riser wood measures ascend to a living space bathed in light from large windows. So what is the space in between? …

Quezada Architecture

… It’s a dining room with an intimacy aided by its eliminate from the living space, from both the level change along with the wall dividing the two spaces. Notice how the ascent of the stairs follows the up angle of the roof.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Here four measures link the kitchen over to the open living-dining space under. A peninsula with bar stools melds both of these realms. The elevated kitchen enables one to manage the living space from a lofty position.

This home also utilizes changes in level to distinguish dining, living kitchen spaces in an otherwise open design. Below is the living room; up a half-level is the kitchen; up again is the dining table. The final occupies a mezzanine that overlooks the living room and creates an intimate seating area under.

Ilija Mirceski

This loft-like living space comes with a dining room a few steps up from the seats below. Above is a space with glass walls which overlooks the living space, most likely a bedroom which requires some solitude (notice the curtains on the right). The elevated dining space helps divide the tall scale of the double-height space and set up the seating (notice the L-shaped couch following the stair and intermediate level).

Buttrick Wong Architects

Not all level changes need be as dramatic as the preceding example. This entryway leads you up a couple of actions to a level where people either ascend to the upper ground or continue to the left to the open living space. Movement through the home is clear in this opinion, strengthened by the small change in level from the foreground.

Joel Eckstein

These measures lead from the kitchen to the a tall loft-like living space from the background. Notice the steps that ascend from the living room to the ground over the kitchen, most likely a bedroom. A special view of the living room is had from this kitchen.

Rossington Architecture

The center of this three-story townhouse on a steep website in San Francisco uses a flat change of a few actions to split down the open living space. At the job of the camera is the living-dining place, and up the steps is the kitchen and an adjoining family room. This change in level is a natural match with the flow of the home.


Only a few steps separates this living room and this particular kitchen with dining island outside. At the far distance, in which a wrought iron wood wall can be glimpsed, is a sitting room a few steps down from the kitchen. This provides this fundamental space more prominence than the distances with dark wood flooring which flank it.

Eggleston Farkas Architects

Even 1 measure may make a big difference. Here the dining room is inside a portal that is positioned next to the entry and juts towards the front part of the home. The measure up is needed to produce the space a four-sided wood object from the home. Additionally, it accentuates the movement into this special space overlooking a small yet lovely landscaped area.

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