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  • Duplex (building)

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    An over-and-under two story apartment duplex in Southeastern Pennsylvania A duplex house plan has two living units attached to each other, either next to each other via townhouses or above each other like apartments By contrast, a building comprising two attached units on two distinct properties is typically considered semi-detached or twin homes but is also called a duplex in parts of the Northeastern United States. The term "duplex" is not extended to three-unit and four-unit buildings, as they would be referred to with specific terms such as triplex and fourplex or quadplex/quadruplex. Because of the flexibility of the term, the line between an apartment building and a duplex is somewhat blurred, with apartment buildings tending to be bigger, while duplexes are usually the size of a normal house. British English usage refers simply to the number of levels within an apartment unit with duplex indicating two storeys (traditionally this was referred to as a maisonette) and triplex for three. A semi-detached house would never be referred to as duplex in the United Kingdom.

  • Semi-detached

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    A semi-detached house (often abbreviated to semi) is a single family dwelling house built as one of a pair that share one common wall. Often, each house's layout is a mirror image of the other. council built semi-detached PRC houses in Seacroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire Semi-detached houses are the most common property type in the UK. They account for 32% of UK housing transactions and 32% of the English housing stock as of 2008. Between 1945 and 1964, 41% of all properties built were semis, but after 1980 this fell to 15%.

  • Townhouse

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    Renaissance townhouses in Gdańsk, Poland Typical 19th-century townhouses in Bremen, Germany A townhouse, or town house as used in North America, Asia, Australia, South Africa and parts of Europe, is a type of terraced housing. A modern town house is often one with a small footprint on multiple floors. In British usage, the term originally referred to the city residence (normally in London) of someone whose main or largest residence was a country house.

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