House Types in Residential Construction

Constructing a home requires certain steps and procedures to be followed to ensure that a safe, comfortable and elegant home is made. It involves the undertaking of a project handled by several people coming from various professions but they are all tied down with a similar goal which is to create a housing unit for you and your family which will later be considered as a home. While it is considered both a science, with all the designs and calculations that residential construction requires and as an art, because of the aesthetic features that contractors work for on your home, residential construction is a practice that exercises skill and artistry. There are different types of housing units that you can choose from. What are the divisions of housing units? What are examples for each division? Here are the different housing unit types in residential construction.

Detached Single Unit Housing

A detached single unit housing is characterized by a residential structure that stands on its own. One of the main advantages that detached single unit homes have is that it provides a degree of privacy to the family dwelling inside the house. Usually, one can just add another room to the house if more space is needed and may not even cost additional property management fees. However, the disadvantages that come along detached single unit homes include the cost of repairing and maintaining the home and the energy costs. Ranging from the interior and exterior of the house, the expense will fall upon the owner of the house. Examples of detached single unit homes are colonials, deck houses, gambrels and split-level houses.


Semi-Detached Housing

Characterized by pairs of homes being built beside each other and sharing a wall, semi-detached housing units are described as a mirror as the layout of the house seems like twins when viewed upon. This style originated from the suburbanization of both Ireland and the UK but also found in Canada. In some locales, semi-detached homes are also called duplexes. Common examples of semi-detached housing units are duplex houses, two-family homes and two Decker homes.
Attached Single Unit Housing

Contrary to the detached single unit homes, attached single unit houses are connected which give it a characteristically wide or long feature if you view it from the outside. Common examples of attached single unit homes are barn houses and longhouses.

Attached Multi Unit Housing

Also called a multi-family residential unit, attached multi-unit housing units is especially common in urban areas. This type of housing is described as multiple housing units contained in one building or a single complex. This style promotes an efficient use of space while also providing an adequate amount of privacy where there is minimal amount of it. Common examples are apartments, condominiums, cluster homes and flats. Load more