In spring 2015, MacDougall spotted a listing for a split-level home in the neighborhood that was in their price range and arranged a walk-through that did not initially pan out.
The layout was quirky, even by split-level standards, as the house appears to be a ranch but is actually divided horizontally, front to back.
"By doing a split-level, you eliminate the basement, take the other two floors and split them, and now you have a three-level house that's two-thirds the square footage of what they would have been building.
During the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, the ranch house and the split-level muscled in and redefined the look of the suburbs.
Hands-down, the split-level owns the title of architects' least favorite house to remodel.