Townhouses—design ideas and pictures

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While condominium units and landed properties are more common in the Philippines, townhouses (or terrace houses) still hasn’t lost its appeal. Townhouses are a good option for middle class families in the Philippines. Aside from being cheaper, it is also able to make use of limited space available in densely populated cities such as Manila, Quezon City, San Juan, and Mandaluyong in Metro Manila, where it is more common. Usually, this type of house would be stacked together, with a gated complex featuring rows of vertical units. Each unit is, of course, owned by a single family. Interested in having your very own? Make sure you answer these questions to make sure a townhouse is right for you and your family.

What are the advantages of a townhouse?

Whether you plan on buying or building your own house this type of property is very attractive for those looking for an economic solution. This house is not as expensive as single-family homes because their foundation and walls are shared. You also save on cooling and heating requirements. The final value can be even lower if the materials used and the workforce are cheaper, and there is still the option of talking to neighbors to share the costs or work with the same company. For example, if there is a need to change the roof, try talking to the local owners. The maintenance of this type of property is also low, since the backyards are much smaller or nonexistent, considering that the size of the terrain is generally modest. Another advantage is that usually the fee paid by the compound includes some services like the removal of leaves and trash and other major repairs.

What are the disadvantages?

While terraced houses offer many advantages, it is not without its disadvantages. Since this style of property is build side by side with another unit, often sharing a wall, there is a lack of privacy, especially if the walls were made very thin. If your neighbor has small children, for example, you will probably hear the sound of crying and the little ones running and playing around the house. Space for parties and sunbathing are also limited as opposed to living in a bungalow or country house. If an infiltration occurs, for example, the problem will probably affect both houses and it will take a lot of patience and communication between families to remedy any problems in the best way possible. Another point that should be taken into account is availability of natural light. With homes built on narrow lots and walls dividing units, there is often less opportunity for light to come in, thus careful planning is advised. It is best to contact a professional architect to help you make the most of your investment.

Are townhouses a good option for Filipino families?

Some of the oldest known townhouses, such as in Paris and England, were built as an answer to the growing working class population. And, in the Philippines, it is the same. While its use and popularity came later, townhouses have become a very good choice for Filipinos families are looking for homes that are less expensive that bungalow properties. It is also great for parents with young children because it lets their kids grow up up in a social and safer environments, as these compounds are often gated and feature 24-hour security.

How to find professionals and architects to build mine?

Here at homify you can find architects to turn your dream into reality. Interested in building a home for your family or investing in this property as an investment? Leave your project request with as much detail as possible and the preferred location where you would like to have your little house. Very soon some architect should get in touch!

Where can I find inspiration for my townhouse project?

homify is one of the largest architecture and interior design platforms in Brazil and the world. On this site, you will find several ideas books on the subject, and you can get inspired and show the photo and the floor plans for your architect. Navigate right now for our best selection of photos and be inspired to make your home unique and full of personality.