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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    I can certainly understand that. If we ever move to somewhere that it snows I’d be torn between the convenience of an attached garage and the desire for a better looking home.
    In Hermann we even had room to have a detached garage. But early on I just threw in the towel about aesthetics.

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    Our first house in New York had a garage that you entered from the side of the house which didn't really upset the aesthetics of the front, but to be honest, it was a bilevel raised ranch which is hard to make attractive anyway. I hate raised ranches. They might be very functional in terms of providing a lot of living space, but I hated the entryway which forces you to use stairs to get to the main living area. Seems like bad Feng shui
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    I love my garage, especially in winter. It's fairly common around here for people to store their tools and junk in the garage and leave their fancy cars and trucks at the curb or in the driveway. One neighbor I've chuckled at has three big screen TVs against the back of the garage, a frig, a giant tool box, and a couple of lounge chairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Our first house in New York had a garage that you entered from the side of the house which didn't really upset the aesthetics of the front, but to be honest, it was a bilevel raised ranch which is hard to make attractive anyway. I hate raised ranches. They might be very functional in terms of providing a lot of living space, but I hated the entryway which forces you to use stairs to get to the main living area. Seems like bad Feng shui
    I have come to learn that East Coast “raised ranch” is what we call in the Midwest “split foyers.” I think. It is where you walk into the front door and have to go either up or down.It’s a 70’s thing.

    That differs from a split level.

    Split foyers are my least favorite house.

    I don’t mind split levels with their half staircases throughout. but neither are traditional structures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    I have come to learn that East Coast “raised ranch” is what we call in the Midwest “split foyers.” I think. It is where you walk into the front door and have to go either up or down.It’s a 70’s thing.

    That differs from a split level.

    Split foyers are my least favorite house.

    I don’t mind split levels with their half staircases throughout. but neither are traditional structures.
    Yes, the "raised ranch" and "split foyers" seem to be the same thing.

    In our NJ neighborhood, which was built as a development in the 70s, has many of these homes. My own house was/is split level--the living room is raised up about 4 steps. Very typical 70s middle-class design.

    With the influx of Asians into our neighborhood, the larger raised ranches are snapped up for $500k+. The reason is, the ability to convert the lower level of the raised ranch into an in-law suite is ideal for multi-generational families. We rented out the lower level of our raised ranch in NY for a while--it had a full bath and a kitchenette.
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    Tri-levels, raised ranches and basements are abundant here and were novel to us. There are pluses and minuses. With ours, the split is in the middle of the house so the entry has no stairs which I am glad of. I curse the six stairs up or down daily though because I end up leaving shoes or glasses on one or another and go back and forth, up and down. I figure the exercise is good though. Nevertheless, I am looking for a better-designed, one-level house next time. So many ugly, poorly designed houses out there though.

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