A duplex is a structure where two house units share the same central wall. In some cases the duplexes are designed to share a vertical wall. Although, the house is designed to accommodate two households, its size is that of a regular house.
During the design stage, each housing unit has its own driveway, garden, entry and all the other features that a house needs to be self sufficient.
There are two main plans that you can go for:
Two stories: it’s also known as the full duplex design. Here you have a structure that is two stories in height. The plan has entrances on both the front and back of the building. Inside, the first floor will have the common rooms such as kitchen, den, dining room, bathroom and living room. The second floor is designed to serve as the area for bath and bedrooms.
Half duplex: from its name, this is plan that doesn’t have a second floor. Just like the full duplex, there are two entrances: back and front. There are some creative architects who design the house to have side entrances instead of the traditional back entrances.
Getting the duplex house
You can buy an already constructed house or construct one yourself. To make the decision on the best plan to go with you need to know your needs. For example, if you are single or only living with your spouse you don’t need to have a large house-the half duplex is enough for you. On the other hand if you are living as a large family you need to have a large house and the full duplex is a good choice.
If you are constructing your house you should hire an architect to design it for you. The cool thing with constructing your house is that you can customize it to be different from the traditional duplex houses. You should do your research and ensure that the architect you are working with is experienced and has worked on other related projects before.
You should note that duplexes aren’t allowed in all areas. If you are interested in only constructing a duplex house you need to consult with the local authorities to find out if duplexes are allowed in the area.
Duplex houses are great investments and if you have some money there is no reason you shouldn’t invest in them. To give your houses a unique look you should work with an architect with the ability of coming up with interesting designs.