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Typical House Styles

REPRINT FROM THE INTEGRAL NEWSLETTER

Here are some of the most popular house styles along with examples and descriptions including a garage section and a carport section.

 

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LEFT – One Storey residences have one level or living area. The roof structure has a medium slope. The attic space is limited and not intended for living area.

 

RIGHT – One and One Half Storey residences have two levels of living area. Characterized by a steep roof slope and dormers, the area of the upper level whether finished or unfinished, is usually 40%-60% of the lower level.

 

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LEFT – Two Storey residences have two levels of finished living area. The area of each floor is approximately the same. The roof structure has a medium slope. The attic space is limited and is not designed for usable living area.

 

RIGHT – Two and One Half Storey residences have three levels of living area. Also having a steep roof slope with dormers, the area of the third floor, whether finished or unfinished, is usually 40%-60% of the second floor.

 

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LEFT – Two Storey Bi-Level residences have two levels of living area, but unlike a conventional Two Storey, the lower level, which may be partially below grade, is partially unfinished. A distinguishing characteristic is its split-foyer entry.

 

RIGHT – Split Level residences have three levels of finished living area. Lower level, intermediate level and upper level. The lower level us immediately below the upper level as in a two storey, the intermediate level, adjacent to the other levels, is built on a grade approximately four feet higher than that of the lower level.

 

 

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LEFT – Often referred to as mobile homes, these structures, whether on a permanent or semi-permanent foundation, have a steel under carriage as a necessary structural component.

 

RIGHT – Multiples, often referred to as apartments, are multifamily residences, intended for permanent habitation and are three stories or less.

 

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LEFT & RIGHT – Both Town Houses and Duplexes are single family, attached residences. They do not have other units above or below, don not have more than two walls that are common with adjacent units and always have individual exterior entries.

 

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CENTER – Urban Row Houses are single family residence and can be either attached or detached. Urban Town Houses, Urban Row Houses are usually individually built, with adjacent units not sharing common structural systems (i.e. roof, foundation, etc.). A distinguishing characteristic is that the living area is entirely on the second level. The ground floor, sometimes referred to a s the basement level, usually contains the garage and utility area.

 

GARAGES

 

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LEFT – Detached Garages are freestanding buildings with independent structural systems (i.e. foundation, roof, etc.).

 

RIGHT – Attached Garages share a common wall with the residence.

 

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LEFT – Built in Garages have living area both adjacent to and above.

 

RIGHT – Basement Garages have living area above and have two to three walls below grade.

 

CARPORTS

 

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LEFT – A Shed or Flat Roof has a two-dimensional roof structure.

 

RIGHT – A Gable Roof has a three-dimensional trussed roof system and is usually as extension of the residence roof structure.