Landed Houses

Inter / Corner Terrace


An intermediate terrace, inter-terrace for short, is a house in between a row of terrace houses. The intermediate terrace is one of many houses joint side by side. Unlike the corner terrace house, there can be one to many intermediate terrace houses in a row of houses.

Pros and Cons of living in an Intermediate Terrace House

As there are more intermediate terrace houses as compared to the corner terrace, if you are looking for a terrace house, the intermediate terrace is more readily available.

As the intermediate terrace is in between two houses, some noise may filter through the common walls it shares with them.

A group of terrace houses can form cluster houses. In this case, the intermediate terrace shares a small or wide array of facilities with her neighbours. Depending on the development behind these cluster houses, the most common facilities the intermediate terrace can enjoy are a communal pool, gym and playground.

Despite the price difference, the size of the living area of an intermediate terrace is comparable to the corner terrace. If you are not a big gardening fan, the intermediate terrace has a smaller backyard, hence, less time and cost spent on maintenance.

Cheaper than a corner terrace, the intermediate terrace house may just be the house you are looking for.

A Corner-terrace house is the last house of a row of houses. For every row of houses, there is two of such corner-terrace house.

Pros and Cons of living in a Corner-terrace house

A corner-terrace house is very much preferred to an inter-terrace house. This is so because a corner-terrace has a bigger backyard for landscaping and other recreation purposes. Most of the time, a corner-terrace has a bigger living area as compared to an inter-terrace. It is not surprising then that a corner-terrace is more expensive than the one next door.

On the other hand, many a corner-terrace house are situated nearer to busy roads. Although spotted easily by first-time visitors, this particular corner-terrace has less privacy and less peace than her neighbours.

A corner-terrace house is similar to a semi-detached house because it only shares one common wall with her neighbour. A corner-terrace house also has a continuous front to rear backyard on one side, like a semi-detached house. HDB owners who often find themselves living too closely with strangers, may find a corner-terrace house desirable.

Semi-Detached

A semi-detached house, referred to as 'semi-d' for short, is a pair of houses joint side by side. A semi-detached house shares a common wall and fence. Very often, each house layout of a semi-detached house is a mirror-image of the other.

Pros and Cons of living in a Semi-detached house

A semi-detached house is a different type of private property from a bungalow which is fully detached. A semi-detached house only consists of two houses, any more and the semi-detached house has become a terrace house. Despite this, both houses of a semi-detached house can have a continuous front to rear backyard on either side.

As the two houses in a semi-detached house share a common wall, friendly neighbour relations is essential for a happy semi-detached house owner. HDB owners who often find themselves living too closely with strangers, may find a semi-detached house desirable. This is especially so when comparing the price difference of a semi-detached house to a bungalow.

Bungalow

A bungalow is a type of single-storey house. The word, bungalow, comes from the Hindi word, bangla, from 1676. The bungalow, translated literally, is a Bengal-style house.

Traditionally, a bungalow is a small single-storey house, has a thatched roof and a sweeping veranda. However today, the bungalow is a large house that is usually single-storey or two-storey, with a spacious backyard. With or without a veranda, the modern bungalow is roomy enough to house an extended family.

Pros and Cons of living in a Bungalow

The single-storey bungalow is very convenient for the homeowner who needs wheelchair-accessibility in all living areas as there are no stairs. A neighbourhood dotted with many a bungalow offers more privacy than one with terrace houses. Trees or shrubs planted along the borders of the yard adds more privacy and green relief to your bungalow, providing a splendid retreat from a buzzing schedule.

When it comes to per unit area, a single-storey bungalow is more expensive to construct than a two-storey bungalow because a larger foundation and roof is required for a living area of the same size. A larger foundation requires a larger lot size. Hence, a bungalow is usually fully detached from other houses, it does not share a common foundation or common wall.

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