Multi-Family house: architecture, inspiration & pictures

The term multi-family house is a term people don’t hear often in the Philippines. Mostly because many of us would prefer to stay in detached houses or bungalows. But, what a lot of people don’t know that this type of house also exist in the country. They come in the form of a duplex or triplex apartments, as well as condominiums, which you’ll see in urban areas. Family compounds, where different families live in homes inside a shared common space, also fall into this category. These homes are good for homeowners who want to live with other families. If you want to live in one, here are some things that are important to know:

What are the pros of living in a multi-family home?

This type of construction is ideal for anyone looking for an economic solution, either at the time of building the house from scratch or buy an existing home. They are not as costly as single-family homes because most of their foundations and walls are shared by more than one family and also splits the expenses and requirements for air-conditioning. The total value of one of these homes can be even lower if the materials used and the workmanship are handled under the same order, and at the same time of construction. This works in the same way when performing repairs or structural modifications. For example, if there is a need to change the roof, the ideal is to carry out a joint reform by all the family groups. The maintenance of this type of property is also lower when it is shared and, since the common spaces like the patios, are usually much smaller and even non existent in some cases, considering that the size of the ground is generally reduced. Another advantage is that generally the fee paid by the consortium includes some services such as the removal of leaves and trash and even some major repairs. One aspect that is important to mention is safety. Since many of these homes are present within closed buildings or constructions, most homes present a much more effective security system and, when not offered by the company that administers the property, residents are usually organized so that that point Fundamental is in order.

And what are the cons?

Now, although these types of homes have great advantages, it is true that these homes do not have the same level of privacy as, say, a bungalow. Homes are built side by side, and that means your neighbor will have greater visual and auditory access to many of the activities done in the comfort of your home. This is due in part to the fact that most walls are shared by more than one house, and because many times by space themes, doors and windows are usually at a smaller distance from each other. In case there is also a mishap or accident, such as a leak, it is likely that the problem will affect more than one house, and it will be necessary patience and communication among families to remedy any defects in the best way possible.

What are the different types of multi-family homes?

Condominiums are the most common type in the Philippines. An eight-story building can accommodate between 90 and 150 people, and has the same functionality as a house at ground level, in spaces ranging from a few square meters and a single room, to several hundred and multiple environments. A co-housing, meanwhile, features no more than two floors that gathers a group of houses around a courtyard or inner common hall, particularly in popular or historical neighborhoods of the city such as downtown Manila. In closed neighborhoods, multifamily housing in gated neighborhoods has also grown in number in recent years, and are ideal options for families with a higher purchasing power, but who are not willing to sacrifice so much time and money in a "custom design" construction. They are usually built in series of more than six houses, similar in size, layout and external decoration, and have all the benefits of security, services and common areas that in any other type of country.

How much do multi-family homes cost in the Philippines?

The cost of these homes vary from area to area, but, on average, a unit can start from 5 million pesos and can go as high as 20 million pesos for popular areas such as Cebu City, Makati, and Taguig. The costs would also depend on the materials used, as well as the architect’s rate.

For inspiration on other houses/homes have a look at our picture gallery "houses".