Multi-family house plans are available in a wide variety of sizes and architectural styles. These home plans are fashioned with the appearance of one structure, but feature two or more living units that are separated by floors or walls. Multi-family house plans are used in areas where space is limited providing housing for families when there isn’t enough room or economic means for everyone to own a single-family home. Additionally, they work well as investment property allowing the building owner to rent units to others. Some multi-family house plans offer basic floor plans with just the necessary space needed for basic living while others are more luxurious and deliver more sophisticated spaces and features. There are four main types of multi-family house plans to consider whether you are looking for a place to live or want to build an investment property.
Duplex House Plans – Duplex house plans are multi-family plans composed of two living areas separated by a wall or the floor. A duplex is more economical to build than two separate, single-family homes because one duplex requires fewer building materials that two individual homes. While designed as one structure, duplex house plans feature two distinct entrances giving each family or tenant privacy. Duplex house plans are commonly found in highly populated areas where there is a demand for housing, but space is limited. Additionally, they are often built near collages where there is a need for affordable housing on a temporary basis. In this case, a duplex is often built as an investment property.
Townhouse Plans – In most cases, townhouse plans are a little more high-end than a typical multi-family house plan. Their exteriors usually feature extra decorative details while and their floor plans often include special elements and features not found in a typical duplex or apartment design. Some examples of special features include stone accents and window shutters on the exterior and decorative ceiling treatments, plant ledges and built-in cabinets on the interior. Townhouse plans are generally designed as single-family homes connected to a similar house by a side wall. Each unit may have its own exterior character, but blends seamlessly with the adjoining homes providing dynamic curb appeal. Additionally, a variety of floor plans better accommodates the individual needs and preferences of each homeowner. Townhouse plans are known for saving space when housing is at a premium while still delivering comfortable and individualized living units to the occupants.
3-4 Unit Multi-Family House Plans – Triplex house plans and four-plexes are multi-family house plans designed with three or four units that are separated by walls, floors, or both. They can be one or more levels, and they can feature the same floor plan or layout per unit, or each unit might have its own individual floor plan. These house plans are designed to offer the same comfortable and functional living quarters offered by a single-family home.
5+ Unit Multi-Family House Plans – This collection of multi-family designs consists of floor plans that offer five or more units. Some of these plans are considered apartment plans featuring numerous units separated by walls and floors. They are typically found in densely populated areas where there is a high demand for individual living space or there is very little usable land that can be developed for residential living. Apartment plans are designed to accommodate several family units within one structure, and most are used as investment properties. Apartment plans are usually designed for the purpose of offering affordable, temporary housing.
Designed to offer individual living units to multiple families at one time, multi-family house plans are space-efficient and economical while delivering the comfort and accommodations of a single-family home.
While there are a wide variety of multi-family home plans, duplex house plans are a common choice for housing more than one family unit. Duplexes vary in size, style and the amenities they offer, but they do share some common characteristics.
- All duplex plans offer two living units. The floor plan for each unity may differ in size, shape and amenities like design 011M-0004, but the floor plan never offers more than two units.
- Living units are separated by walls such as design 025M-0081 or they are separated by floors like design 027M-0050.
- Each living unit offers its own private entrance.
- Duplex plans fit nicely in a neighborhood because they often look more like a home than an apartment building. Many use various rooflines, offset garages and other exterior features to make the structure appear cohesive rather than like to units that have been “stuck” together. Design 020M-0045 is a nice example.
- Duplex plans offer a more cost efficient way to house two families than building two separate single-family homes.
For a wider selection of plans that offer more than two living units, please browse our entire collection of multi-family home plans.
The spring building season is almost upon us. It is a popular time for building multi-family house plans, like duplexes, townhouses and apartment plans. For property owners wanting to earn income, a multi-family home plan works well for rental property. These building structures feature two or more distinct living areas separated by walls or floors. They offer the same appeal as single-family homes, and in most cases, multi-family house plans are designed and built for their economic construction. The House Plan Shop offers a broad range of multi-family homes designs including:
- Duplex House Plans
- 3-4 Unit Multi-Family House Plans
- Townhouse Plans – Upscale multi-family plans consisting of two or more units designed with special features and extra sophistication not usually found with typical multi-family plans.
- Apartment Plans (5+ units)
Multi-family house plans are often built in densely populated areas providing the maximum number of living units while making the most of the available property. Also, duplexes and apartment buildings are quite popular in small college towns and near large universities where a significant number of students are from out of town and need temporary housing or rental property until they complete their coursework. If you’re interested in building a multi-family house plan this spring, take some time to browse all of our plan collections. There’s no better time than springtime to build a multi-family plan!
The House Plan Shop is pleased to announce new house plans from one of our Canadian designers have recently been added to our collection. The new designs include multi-family house plans such as duplexes, modern and contemporary home designs, two-story houses, several narrow lot designs and even a unique garage apartment plan which is actually a drive under carport with living quarters above. Take some time to check out the following designs:
When viewing any of these plans, you can browse this designer’s entire collection by clicking on the “View More by This Designer” link.
When it comes to multi-family dwellings, The House Plan Shop has a broad selection of designs to choose from. Multi-family house plans range in size and can accommodate two or more families depending on the complexity and the arrangement of units composing the design. Our collection of multi-family home plans is composed of the following categories:
· Duplex Plans
· Townhouse Plans
· 3-4 Unit Plans
· 5+ Unit Plans
These multi-family home plans can offer identical units or units with different floor plans. The units can be one or more levels and range in size from simple one bedroom, ne bath designs to three or more bedrooms and baths per unit. Some of the larger designs offering four or more units can be considered apartment plans.
If you are in the market for multi-family house plans, take some time to browse our collection.