We're searching for a new house and thinking of building. We're on a budget of course, so I'm trying to choose a plan wisely. I really like split entries/raised ranches--but from reading forums I see they're not very well loved. I'd like to figure out why, to see if I'm overlooking something.
From my point of view, I like them because you have all your main living space on one level (I have a two-storey now and hate it--going from bedroom to basement is such a trek), but you have a daylight basement rather than one with those little prison windows that you get with a traditional bungalow--they make me feel claustrophobic. I intend to use the basement for a family/playroom and a 4th (guest) bedroom, with a full bath. We're a family of three. (Third bedroom on the main level would be an office.)
They are pretty common here (as are two-storeys--not so many bungalows here). I was pretty set on that idea until I started reading--so can you tell me what people hate about them?