Types of Housing Structures
To meet the many kinds of needs that people have, a number of different housing styles and types of ownership have developed over the years. Your individual requirements and your income level will govern the housing type which is most suitable for you at the present time.
Single Family, Detached Home
- A detached home is one which has no common walls with any other residential structure, resting on its own land with front, rear, and side yards. It may be any size from a small, one-storey bungalow to a huge mansion.
- A Carriage House (or coach house) is a 2 storey home with detached garage that has a home built over the "garage" (or where the carriage or coach was kept), and is often a 1 level apartment above the garage, many times finished very nicely.
Non-strata titled row home
- Rowhouses are side-by-side units that share a wall and have their own front and backyards. These homes share an easement on the shared walls but do are not part of a strata corporation. In Langley and Cloverdale these homes are often 3 storey homes with finished or unfinished basements.
- A duplex is two separate dwellings which are attached either side-by-side (a semi-detached home) or one unit above the other. It is important to note that this type of structure may be a strata titled property and therefore subject to the Strata Property Act.
- In British Columbia, the term “townhouse” is usually used to describe one of a group of dwellings (most often two-storey) joined together by common walls, each with its own entrance from the outside.
- Stacked townhouses are stacked on top of each other, each with its own front door and private outdoor space.
- An apartment is one of several dwellings (most often single storey dwellings built one above the other) joined together by common walls, each having its entrance from a common hall. The overall building containing the apartments may be from three to 33 or more storeys.
Mobile or Manufactured Home
- A manufactured home is a factory-built residential structure designed to be moved from one place to another, although wheels are not necessary. It is often placed on a rented space (called a “pad”) in a manufactured home park.