Before & After: A Split-level Remodel

Some neighborhood friends recently put their sweet split-level home on the market. It's not everyday that people put "sweet" and "split-level" together in a sentence but that's just one of the words you could use to describe Sean and Claire's renovation of their house in downtown Southern Pines.

Some neighborhood friends recently put their sweet split-level home on the market. It’s not everyday that people put “sweet” and “split-level” together in a sentence but that’s just one of the words you could use to describe Sean and Claire’s renovation of their house in downtown Southern Pines.

Built in 1962, the house was dated and unkept with zero curb appeal. Sean and Claire painted the exterior, added outdoor living spaces, upgraded the landscape and gave the house a fresh, modern look.

Splitlevel Remodel Before & After

Sean has a little bit of a leg up on the yard improvements because he runs his own landscaping company Butler Constructs.
splitlevel path


Although Sean is the landscaper by profession, the planting beds were a labor of love for his wife Claire. Claire also put the planters together combining ferns, caladium and white impatiens to maximize curb appeal and make the entries more inviting.


splitlevel front door

Sean added some smaller architectural features that collectively make a big impact like the trellis over the lower level entry, new doors, added windows. The couple also made a lot of improvement to  the deck and screened porch area on the right side of the house including adding horizontal boards and wire railing to keep consistent with a modern, updated look.


splitlevel basement door2


A simple arrangement of Oleander and moss is planted in a terra cotta bowl outside the downstairs entry.

splitlevel basement door


Love the look of Sean and Claire’s updated split-level, here’s how to get it,

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Industrial outdoor wall light / Green glazed planters / Wood Craftsman Exterior Door / Emtek Baden Handleset/ Avalon House Numbers



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  • It’s a lovely transformation! The trellis over the old converted garage door area was a great idea to give that frame a different reference.

  • Hi from Hickory! We recently bought a split foyer home and are in the process of turning our ugly home into one we can call sweet. I’m interested in your thoughts on shutters; I noticed they were removed for the fresh, modern look in this post. Our home is mostly brick, but there’s some old, painted siding on the front that we’re replacing with board and batten which is more of a traditional look than this modern reno.

    • Hi Amy!

      The board and batten idea sounds pretty sweet to me.

      Snap a picture of what you are working with and send it over to betsy at
      We’d love to offer our thoughts and ideas for your consideration.


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    • Thanks Leslie. I have a split level myself and am constantly looking for great ideas for foyers and exterior changes. Always looking. <3 Good luck with your home project.

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