Duplex House Floor Plans
Duplex house floor plans come in a variety of options, including 2 bed, 2 bath options. They are usually designed to be good at conserving space, which can be especially useful if you’re dealing with a relatively narrow lot, and if you’re in the market to build a house with the intention of renting it out, this may be the option that you’re looking for, as they can be built to optimize your rental income while keeping your building costs down.
Rather than putting two individually standing homes on two different lots, this is the option that will give you individual living spaces easily allowing two families to live side by side. They come in many different variations, and can even have a garage in the middle, and here are some of the ones we have collected on the website for you to check out.
Garage in the Middle
Duplex house plans with their garages in the middle is a popular house style for the cost-conscious investor who wishes to maximize their returns while not having to buy a bigger lot than they need to, and also keeping down the cost of materials in the process. So yes, if you have a narrow lot, this is exactly the type of option you might want to consider.
While the traditional duplex house is great for saving money, putting the garages in the middle will give the tenants an increased feeling of privacy. No longer do you have to endure listening to whenever the couple in the other apartment accidentally decided to wash a red sock with the rest of the dirty laundry. In turn, you can hopefully expect to have your tenants living there for a longer time than would otherwise be the case, and you won’t end up running around showing the house to new tenants each single month. Take a closer look around the site, add filters to your search, and we’re sure you’ll end up finding a plan that best suits your needs.
Are you looking for an option with one facade, yet still offering the capabilities of having several families living there without being bothered by each other. The plans on this page allow just that as they may at first just look like it’s intended for one family, but when you look closer, you’ll realize that they more than just one family living there, and while it is often two families, it can be more than that.
Multi-family house options offer significant financials benefits when they’re being built as your ROI can usually be significantly better than if you were to build individually standing homes. You could also always move into one unit while renting out the other.
Duplexes are just one type of these multi-family units, whether or not they have the garage in the middle or not. As you’re scrolling this page, you’ll see that they’re available in many different sizes, and while some individual units may be 1,400 sq feet, others can offers significantly more space per unit. While they are unlikely to offer the unique appeal you may find from a tower house, there are significant cost benefits to them.
1,200 sq ft is common for a duplex
The 1,200 sq ft house plans are the second most requested on our site, when our users specifically ask for square footage, right after the most popular option, the 1,000 square foot home.
Because of that, we have chosen to create its own dedicated page for the purpose, where we list homes that are around 1,200 square foot. Whether you simply want a one-bedroom or a 2 bedroom, 2 bath house, this is a common size for homes.
If you’re looking for a home with 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or even 10 bedrooms, you have probably landed on the wrong page and you may rather be interested in visiting visiting some of our other pages with homes that have around 1,800, 2,000, 2,200, 2,500 or 3,000 square feet, and especially the more bedrooms you desire to have.
Have you noticed that some of the plans on here are more or less than 1,200 sq ft? Yes, we know that too, but it’s because we have set up the pages so that you will find plans that are +/- 250 sq ft of the search term you came here looking for, and that does mean that plans on this page go down as low as 950 sq ft and up to 1,450 sq ft. You can of course narrow your search, should you still be interested in homes of a specific size.
2 Master Suites
House plans with 2 master suites offer a level of flexibility you may not be able to find in your average home, and while you may have a reason to favor that specific design, it’s not like you need one. Sometimes it’s just nice to not be confined to one single master suite.
If you have your Mother-in-law living with you, it’s really nice to have another full bathroom attached to the room that she is staying in so as to avoid unnecessary confrontation. If you have a lot of guests passing through, this may also be the nicer option, where you can simply offer them a room rather than force them to drive home when it suddenly gets very late as you’ve been playing cards all night.
It provides your guests or other people in the house the possibility to retreat and have their personal space, no matter if they’re your kids, parents or simply guests. It’s a great way to make people feel welcome.
Some of the master suites may also be located in each side of the house, which additionally gives a feeling of privacy. Besides having two master suites, which isn’t the norm, these houses come in various styles just like any other type of home.
3 bedroom options
Your average family has a lot of needs, but most of these will be addressed if they find themselves a 3 bedroom option to live in. What that means is that the couple themselves will have their own bedroom, and if you’re like most others with two kids, each kid will also have their own bedroom when they’re old enough. If they are still small, you can put them in the same room until they become bigger at which point they will likely be grateful to get their own rooms, but at that point, you may not even desire living in a 3 bedroom duplex anymore either way. Up until that point, you’ll be able to use that spare bedroom as an office or whatever you’re otherwise hoping to use it for.
Cost to build
While we would love to tell you that it is easy t0 estimate the cost to build the duplex with the associated floor plans that we have available, the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of factors that play a significant role. For instance, if you haven’t yet purchased the lot to put the house on, that is a sizable cost also that you need to factor into the whole equation.
Ones that look like single-family homes
While some people may not have strong preferences on the exterior of the building, we are also often approached by users that have a very strong preference for floor plans that simply look like single-family homes and don’t have the usual symmetric look of a duplex.
These designs tend to have a bit more creative designs in that they’re made not to be symmetric but stand out slightly more like you would find with the more unique H-shaped options. It will also likely mean that you’re not confined to having two identical units but rather ones that have individual, and more interesting floor plans, too.
Modern, luxury options
Not every family wants to live in a house made of logs that has a more traditional appeal to it. For a lot of homeowners they both want the appeal of a good investment opportunity that you get from a duplex, but they also want to live in a modern home. What does that mean for you? Well, it can mean a bunch of things including open floor plans, bright spaces, but it can also mean a modern kitchen that has all the appliances you could possibly dream of. Have we got you excited yet? Get the luxury your life deserves!
When it comes to the best investments, you’re usually safer if you’re avoiding building too much house rather than building a house that is too small. The important thing is that you’re comparing what you’re building to what you’re expecting to surround it at the time that you’re planning on selling, as those are the things that will be used to compare against for potential home buyers and real estate agents. In those cases, stacked duplex homes or ones where each unit is about 800 sq ft turn out to be really popular among investors. While you can find options that vary all the way from tiny to small, through really quite large, the important thing is that you find the option that works specifically for you.
Having an elevator installed if you are building a 2-story or 3-story duplex
If you are planning on using this as a place where you are likely to retire in the future, while you still want to be able to rent out the other part of it, you might want to consider the importance of various features like accessibility and such.
One-story, ranch-style homes
If you like the typical ranch-style homes that include a flat, one-story look to them, you’re not alone. Be sure to set up the filters on this page so that you will only get the most relevant plans shown to you. An advantage to those are definitely that you won’t have to worry about accessibility the same way that you would with other options. Ranch homes also typically have a very open floor layout that is very popular, although it unfortunately doesn’t fare well if you have a very narrow lot.
Cool, narrow lots
Whether you’re building a duplex or not, you’re probably looking for a cool option to build, and while we would all love those massive lots, realistically speaking, there are a lot of people that have fairly narrow lots, especially if they live in areas where house prices, and therefore also lot prices are extremely high.
Building on the beach?
A lot of homeowners love the idea of building their own homes and want to do so on the beach, and that is definitely possible. The disadvantage to building on the beach is usually the price tag that comes with it, and by building a duplex there you are more easily able to offset some of the costs you will be incurring.
Let them serve as a great townhouse
It’s not just if you’re building on the beach that you want to build something rather compact that best makes use of the fact that you are building on an expensive lot, but it can also be when you’re looking to build a townhouse, why these options are great for the purpose, too.
Do you need a basement?
Getting a home with a basement is a feature that many families greatly appreciate, and it is no different when it comes to homes with this style. Choose the filter to make sure the options included all have basements so you will have a place to either use as a home gym, or a place where you can set up the room that the kids always wanted.
From tiny homes to 4 bedroom options, or even something larger, we have house plans that can accommodate even the most untraditional multi-family wishes, having them go as small as 400 sq ft per unit. These are great energy-efficient options, and we hope that you’ll be finding just the match that will make you happy for years to come.
If you have specific requirements such as having them either East-facing or desiring to have something of 600 sq ft, we might already have plans available on the page, but you may also have to work directly with architects to alter the design of your choice.
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