Triplex, Fourplex, Multi-Family House Plans
Triplex & fourplex house plans are part of a bigger family of home styles – the multi-family unit. These plans have either 3 or 4 families living either side by side or separated by a floor, to often create an entire building that is able to provide significant amounts of rent with a smaller investment than an investor could otherwise get away with, especially when the land in the specific area is very expensive.
Here are some of the normal considerations when building a house, with several of them being applicable for triplexes as well.
|Features to consider|
|Small ranch||6 bedroom||4 bedroom|
|Small, 2 bedroom||With basement||Small, with garage|
Some of these are done in the more traditionally resembling duplex style, where they share side walls with each other, while some of them may be built in apartment style, on top of each other, and while they may not provide the same amount of privacy as a duplex with a garage in the middle may do, because you’re sharing walls, there are just sometimes when it makes more sense to squeeze more families in on a narrow lot than would otherwise be the case.
If you’re looking for something that will quickly start generating income, and that can be rented out to a bunch of people in college because they aren’t all too concerned about having the most unique home, we encourage you to check out the various triplex and fourplex house plans on this page.
Check out our selection of Mediterranean homes as well.
Breezeway to the Guest House
Sometimes you want your guests or in-laws close, but not necessarily too close either. You may be thinking that it is a little close to actually have them staying inside your main residence, but you don’t want it to feel like the guest house is detached from everything either, and that’s where the house plans with a breezeway to the guest house come in perfectly. This way you’re still able to have your privacy in your main residence while having those you love nearby.
Whether you’re building a single-story home, a farmhouse, a mansion or a cottage, a breezeway is a great solution that will ensure someone isn’t exposed to massive amounts of rain if it’s pouring down, but you’re also not building a dedicated garage house for them to stay in. It’s a great multi-generational option, should either of your kids choose to return to home after college, at a time when you have just gotten used to having the entire home to yourselves again. A breezeway is the hallway you might not have thought that you actually wanted when you were building your new home, covering up the passage between the two buildings with either just a roof, or perhaps glass panels on each side, too.
Some of the advantages
Building either a triplex or a fourplex has a range of advantages that you will be able to take care of, whether you’re building this type of home for yourself or because it makes for an impressive investment opportunity (yes, it really does).
As an investment opportunity, you’re not just getting something that is easy to rent out, but also a place that will give you a great return on investment, if you make sure to keep your building costs reasonable whether it’s a triplex or fourplex you’re going for.
You’re also getting a place that won’t have crazy utility costs because of the smaller amounts of exterior walls than is the case compared to a detached home.
Do you think you will have to sell the home in the future? If so, you’ll be happy to know that there are reports online that potential owners may even be able to qualify for the advantageous conditions that come with an FHA loan for this type of home.
Building to live in it
If you’re building a triplex to live in it, and you are going to rent out the other two or three units, you will find that you are very likely to even cover your payments on a loan from the rent that you are receiving from those two other units, effectively meaning that you may end up living there entirely for free, whereas if you buy a detached house to live in, you will find yourself having to have a significantly larger sum of money you’re spending out of pocket every single month.
Although there are advantages to both triplexes and detached homes, it’s very important that you figure out your priorities to find the house design that best matches your needs.
If you are in an area where house prices are continuously going up, you’ll often find that detached homes may go up in value more than triplexes do, but triplexes, on the other hand, will provide you with a lot better cash flow than a detached home will, so if your main priority is that you’re either generating cash flow now, or that you are building something that will be cheap to live in, then the house plans on this specific page may be just what you’re looking for.
Symmetrical or not?
While it is very common for a triplex to be symmetrical in the way it is built, with a central unit that has neighbors on both sides, you can also find units on this page where one of the units has a different floor plan than the two others, which can be a convenient thing if it is a place that you’re looking to live in yourself. If you know that your family is likely to be increasing in size, then it might be a good idea to make sure that the unit you are intending to use for yourself has the necessary amount of bedrooms in it, or you may soon be finding yourself looking for a bigger place to live in.
A great first house
A lot of families tend to consider these options because of how versatile they are, as well as the many advantages they offer. Home ownership is a great way to build wealth over time, so for those families that have that as one of their main priorities, this option provides a bunch of benefits.
The many different options
While we’re continuously increasing our offering of these plans, you should be aware of the many different options available and how to best use this platform for your 3-unit, 4-unit, triplex and fourplex apartment plans.
These homes won’t be standing out the same way an L-shaped, H-shaped or U-shaped alternative will, but they will rather provide you with a lot of great, economical options that include both single-story, 3 bedroom and modern options depending on your preferences. We also have options available where the bottom floor includes a garage, with the living area being on either the second floor or third floor. While you can find very contemporary options, you can also find ones about 900 sq ft that are perfect for renting out.
With a triplex, there are often a lot of decisions that have already been made for you, however, if you’re choosing to build it near the beach and rent out a couple of units, there are certain things you’ll need to keep in mind. Besides the beach aspect, here’s a list of factors that may end up impacting your choices.
|Special factors to consider|
|Daylight basement||Narrow lot||Walkout basement|
Multi-family units and apartment buildings
While the triplex, fourplex or otherwise multi-family friendly layout of these buildings are commonly done with the units side by side, there is no one saying that they absolutely have to be done like that, whereas others may rather appreciate that these units are stacked on top of each other in an apartment building manner.
Although these units may be made to be efficient, there is no one who says you can’t get the style that you want, whether you’re set on either a Mediterranean style or you would rather want something more modern.
Single-story or small?
You will often have to work with the lot that you have, so if it is very narrow, you may not necessarily want to go with a single-story option among our various triplex and fourplexes, but rather something that is 2 stories or taller.
Don’t give up on that dream of having your own garage
While there are certain obvious limitations when you are building something where you are finding that the walls may be connected to your neighbors’, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give up on that dream of having a garage. The garage is a convenient place where you can either park your car or use as your place to store all the things you don’t want to have in the rest of the house, the inclusion of a garage in these homes will often mean that the living area end up being on the upper floors instead, which can also provide some privacy, which many people like when they’re living as closely to others as they are in these homes.
3 bedroom row house?
You can get all sorts of variations when it comes to this home, with everything including 3 bedrooms to more futuristic additions. While we do tend to see a lot of people choosing the row houses, the multi-family units and others because of the ROI they are able to provide, some users steer away from upgrades that they believe are too contemporary, where they don’t think they’ll be able to recoup their investment should they choose to sell the place in the future.
If you start off by scrolling through our various options, we’re sure you’ll be able to find something that suits the needs you may have, and if you find the ultimate triplex or fourplex where you do need small alterations, we can also help you with that.
Are you aware of the various compliance requirements when it comes to building multi-family homes? It doesn’t matter if you’re building triplexes, fourplexes or something else, when you’re building something that will let several families live in it, there are just additional requirements that the building has to live up to.
When you’re creating your budget for this construction project, it’s important that you include the need for compliance requirements in there. However, when you’re building one of these multi-family homes, it is crucial that you have the foundation in place. What that means is that you will want to make sure you’re starting out with blueprints that are easy to go off of.
While it may seem unfair that the compliance requirements are significantly stricter with this type of home, it makes sense. And luckily the return on investment that you will see with this type of home still warrants the construction of these homes.
Think about it – if a family in one of the homes engages in behavior that may put others at risk, you will want to make sure that there are extensive initiatives being taken to keep other families safe. It could be that there are requirements when it comes to sprinklers so as to avoid the spread of fire. However, while there are certain building codes that are generally accepted, you will still want to make sure that you are complying with the various building regulations where you are building, especially for these homes that aren’t just intended for your family to live there.
In order for you to easily be able to obtain the necessary building permits for the project that you’re building, we work with skilled architects to help make it happen. The architects that work on these multi-family homes know about the typical regulations that you will run into, and while it won’t ensure that there aren’t requirements where you live that need to be accounted for, it greatly diminishes the risk that you will be struggling to obtain the necessary building permits.
Even if you’re building a triplex for the potential financial gain, there are still various styles to consider:
|Styles to consider|
The role of the architect
Whether you’re building a triplex or a typical single-family home, the architect’s role is an important one. However, when you’re building something of the size that these units usually end up being, you are putting a lot of money on the line. In those cases, it becomes even more important that you’re using the blueprints that have been developed by a skilled professional.
There may be certain needs that you want to ensure are included in the blueprints. If you’re building in a specific market, there is one person that knows that market better than we do – you! We don’t know what the typical requirements are for multi-family units there. Maybe the most common option is one that has 4 bedrooms, or perhaps 3 bedroom options are more common. Perhaps you’re very specific in the fact that you know that the 2 bedroom, multi-family unit you’re hoping to build needs to have bedrooms of a certain size. You may be able to find the blueprint on here that actually has those exact bedroom requirements, but it may also be that the best option is to get one of the designs customized slightly so that you can build it exactly the way you see fit. No matter what, we want to help you out so you’re not just building a multi-family unit, but you’re building the one that makes the most sense for you, ensuring you get the highest rate of return on your project.
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