You’re going to need a house first before keeping the home fires burning. What makes you feel homey starts from the building you choose to live at. When it comes to types of houses, people will typically distinguish them from the construction methods, while it’s more than that.
Going for a typical house of your style can be emotionally and physically draining, and that include days of deliberating with your spouse, or if you’re single, well–maybe a deep consideration that can potentially affect your saving figures.
Now, if you’re about to swipe right for your dream house, I’m about to show you which types of houses that’ll fit your lifestyle, comfort, preference, and of course, budget–helping you narrow down the search.
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1. Condo House
Condominium refers to a large building residential complex, divided into units and owned separately by individuals. Its whole construction resemblances the apartment, only the management sells the units independently, so you have a right of the interior of the unit, but the grounds, regulation, maintenance, et cetera is under the regulatory body (HOA). Condo houses have several types, namely duplex (two-storey condo unit) and triplex (three-level condo unit).
Although it has a similar construction type, an apartment is a residential building considered as real estate owned by a single person, often referred to the landlady or landlord. The apartment units are rented out to tenants, and the tenants don’t have the right of ownership, and they can share the rented units with a partner.
You’ll be likely to find a townhome in the urban area like the downtown San Francisco or New York. It’s one of the types of houses in the form of row home, usually 2 to 3 stories high, even taller–commonly occupied by a single family.
Townhome usually has limited ground space, but the larger one may have a backyard. The homeowners have complete ownership of the interior and exterior.
The term of bungalow house began to be popular in the USA in the early 1900s, which term is derived from “Bengali house” that popular in India.
This is a type of small house, cottage-like, with single raised front deck, mostly included stairs taking you up to access the porch. Bungalows have a small single-storey area, square one with single dormer window.
5. Cottage House
Cottage houses are the more popular term in England, which explain a small vacation house, mostly occupied during winter with a chimney, thick roof and one single room.
This type of house traditionally has square form, thick walls, and the roof is covered with straws or similar material to add warmth. However, modern cottage is now becoming more popular–some even built two levels up with extra luxury.
6. Ranch-Style Houses
In the past, you may find that the ranch-style houses are common in the suburban areas like Texas, or another western hemisphere of the U.S., but the home styles are now popular in many residential areas. A ranch-style house has a similar construction as a bungalow, except it is more spacious, and has a rectangular shape with a large yard.
7. Cabin House
I’m not sure how to tell you exactly the difference between a cabin house and a cottage except that cabin has a more rustic feeling. Both are often associated with vacation usage, but the cabin is more of like to “escape”.
You know, it has a more minimalist design, simple construction, built from logs (traditionally), and less finished–almost always rural. You’ll be most likely to hear about a cabin in the wood, but never a cottage in the wood. Get it?
8. Mansion House
Judging by its size, a mansion house measures 2,5 times larger than the average types of housing. However, there is no exact requirement of how a house can be called as a mansion.
A mansion, traditionally, measures 12,500 sq. ft.–at least– with high walls and roofs and also large yards. The house can have a historical or contemporary design and can accommodate large family members.
9. Tree House
You may think people who live in a tree house only exist in a movie, but they do exist. A tree house is built using logs in the altitude, attached and nailed to a tree with a strong trunk to hold the foundation. Some tree houses are small, some are larger, depending on how many people live inside. To get into your own tree house, a ladder is required.
10. Castle House
For over thousands of years, many people live in a castle–the noble one, surely. In modern days, only royals live in a castle, and maybe some of the lords and ladies from their ancestors.
A castle is a very large house with forts and mainly built from early middle ages until the late 19th century. Most castles can be found in many former monarchy countries like England, French, and Spain.
11. Underground House
Ever seen the hobbit’s house in the land of New Zealand? You can say that the house is an underground one. Despite the function to provide a unique sense of living, most people live underground for a protective reason. In the past, an underground house can also be called a bunker, which built as a form of a bomb shelter.
12. Cave House
If you think people who live in a cave are from the old days, but they exist, like the people in Camsur (Philippine), Kandovan (Iran), Coober Pedy (Australia), and Gal Oya (Sri Lanka).
A cave house is usually naturally carved, while some are hand-carved. Ancient cultures also showcase many beautifully carved cave houses that are occupied by a group of people. In Spain, people even blend the gift of nature with contemporary design.
13. Container House
A container home is one of modern architecture product, which construction uses existing containers as the main structure of the house. It can be a single container with partitions to divide the rooms, or multiple containers to build a larger living place. More than two containers can be stacked or aligned depending on the design.
14. Barn House
Most barn houses are built with large doors and windows, initially constructed as the warehouse for harvest in suburban areas. When converted into homes, barn design mostly has a rustic feeling–almost like a farmhouse, built strong and sturdy to withstand the weather, and has a rectangular shape.
Since the early 20th century, metal building houses become more favorable mainly because the pre-fab building is cheaper. The types of houses use wood or concrete for framing the structure, providing high resistance and security. Metal building houses are also highly customizable and require easy maintenance.
All of the 15 types of houses are built with different characteristics; one may be fit for a single family, while the other may be more suitable to accommodate a larger group of people. The thing before choosing a certain type of house is to know your type of comfort zone.