A multi-family house is a complex that houses different units of housing,
in which each of them lives a single family. However, on many
occasions and due to the crisis these homes are also used in a shared
way by people who have no family relationship. It is undeniable that
these types of houses occupy a large part of the urban fabric of our
houses can be built both vertically and horizontally, depending on
the characteristics of the terrain.
What are different
types of a multi-family housing?
Single storey: A flat
in a housing of several rooms distributed in a single floor. This is
usually the most economical option for families. Having the spaces
separated is conducive to intimacy and it is easy to live
comfortably. However, often due to divisions it is not easy to make
the most of space. Another disadvantage is that you have to share the
floor with other neighbors, which could mean more noises.
Flooring is recommended
for couples and families who need different rooms, space and privacy.
Apartments: They are a
type of multi-family houses that are grouped in a building that has
several floors. It usually has one or two rooms and is designed to
meet the needs of one person or a small family of up to four people.
Lofts: Lofts have many
advantages. The main thing is that without having divisions you can
take advantage of the space to the maximum. They usually have large
windows and high ceilings, which conveys a sense of spaciousness and
luminosity. The drawback is that it can be difficult to separate the
different environments. In addition, they are not recommended for
large families, because it could be difficult to avoid disturbing
other family members, as well as lack of intimacy can be a problem.
That's why the lofts are designed for people living alone or in
Duplex: They are
multi-family houses that are distributed in two floors united by a
staircase that is inside the same house. In general, they usually
have a larger space than a one-story dwelling. Having two floors is
easier to distribute different environments and achieve greater
As an inconvenience,
having the ladder may have problems in the future to raise it or we
may even be tired having to raise and lower it continuously, although
this can be avoided with a good layout. This type of housing is
perfect for families who need good division between areas.
Studio: They are floors
of reduced dimensions and without divisions, except the essential,
like the bathroom.
Their biggest advantage
of this type of multi-family house, is the price, since they are
usually quite cheap, unless they are rented in a very demanded
area.For example you can rent a studio between RM 800 to RM 1300
which is very reasonable. Another advantage that seduces the tenants
is the speed with which it is cleaned and everything is in order,
even with two hours a week you can have enough to clean them,
whenever we think of a small studio, they are perfect for single
people and in addition, because of its small size, less furniture is
required. As inconveniences, you may feel the lack of privacy or they
can also disturb the odors of the kitchen to be an open space.
Ground floor unit: The
lower floors are located at the foot of the street. If we choose for
example, a duplex or a studio we will have the characteristics of
these added to the position in which they are. As a main advantage,
being at the street level we avoid having to climb stairs or take the
elevator. They can also open onto the patio and can have a terrace or
garden. However, being on the street can be noisier if they are not
well soundproofed. They may even be more prone to theft, since access
is easier. They are recommended mainly to people who value being
street level, being very beneficial when the building does not have
Penthouses: They always
occupy the top floor of the building and although they do not have to
be bigger than the rest of the houses, nor do they have to be better
distributed, the truth is that being on the last floor will avoid
many of the annoyances of the neighbors, especially in a multi-family
house which can get very noisy. In addition, they have better views
and more lighting, unless we have buildings nearby that prevent us
from doing so. On the other hand, most of the attics have large
terraces. As an inconvenience, penthouses are usually more expensive
than other apartments. Also another disadvantage is the access, in
case of breakdown of the elevator you would have to climb more
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