Whether you call it a place where families are built from, a sanctuary for safety and growth, or a means for a lucrative business, a house is an asset where good things come from. But while all types of houses share a common purpose as such, houses, in general, are not always the same. Many vary in certain aspects that make one significantly distinct from other types of houses—and it is not always about the size as another element as design also play a major role in setting the differentiation, too. You may want to check out the 33 types of houses (with pictures) for your other choices.
Are you looking for a big or small house to live in? How about the style? Do you prefer it to be minimalistic or otherwise grand? What about utilities?
We all are unique and, at times, this level of identification extends beyond just our personalities. Often, they can also be expressed with the stuff around us, including especially the very same place we dwell in. Other times, our dwellings serve as a status symbol, signifying how well-off we are in life. Take, for instance, why rich people choose to live in mansions rather than in a simple household like the rest does.
Yet, nowhere in the world is this disparity more obvious than in a diverse community such as in the Philippines, which is a home to many types of houses.
Here are the 17 Types of Houses in The Philippines That You Would Like to Build
1. The Modern House
Any house that had been built beyond the 1950’s may be categorically a “modern house”. But more than the year they were built, the modern house is more distinguishable when it comes to design, which generally epitomizes a clean blueprint—such as minimalism—and an overall functional schematic by adhering to the concept of the so-called “intentional symmetry”.
So, while a genuine modern house may be neat from the outset, it is also built to be operable on certain ways. Thus, making the modern house an exemplary among the other types of houses.
2. Apartment House
To be in an apartment house is to settle on a housing alongside other units on the same land area. Using that as a description, an apartment technically makes for a broader term for constructs that embody a similar setting, such as a tenement among poor cities or luxury enclaves among the posh communities. In the UK, an apartment house is synonymous to a “flat,” although the word apartment is still used albeit to refer to the classier side of the spectrum.
If you are the owner of the building, apartments generally make for good business, among other types of houses, because of the incessant demand for decent housing.
3. The Mansion
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A mansion is easily distinguished from other classes based largely on its size. No pun intended as the mansion is literally massive in terms of scale—bigger than most other types of houses—and could quite literally house a large family in it. But while mansions may have had their prominence dating as far back as the Middle Ages, they are no longer necessarily as fortified as they once were.
Some may even appear plain from the outset but are nevertheless rather expansive in breadth overall.
4. The Bungalow
Bungalow houses are small cottages that rose into prominence from the Arts and Crafts movement, at least in America. Much like in many parts of the world, bungalows are popular in the Philippines for their relative affordability and in some cases, quaint design. Although a typical house of this classification is often single-story, in other cases it is two-story. Regardless, a bungalow is mostly identified for its size. Some overwater bungalows are also known in the Phillippines.
5. The Farm House
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A farm house is a dwelling that is typically set in a rural or agricultural setting. But unlike its Western counterparts where walls are necessarily thick in response to the winter cold, a farm house in a tropical country such as the Philippines is designed for coolness and therefore strays from the usual box-like architecture.
Inevitably, a farmhouse may resemble a bungalow but only set in a larger expanse where livestock and plantations can be grown. Do note that among other types of houses, this has a stiff requirement of being rooted close to agriculture.
6. The Penthouse
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Penthouses are housing that lie on the highest floor of any building. Structure, there is no universal definition as what makes a penthouse unique than units from a lower altitude. But if there is one thing that the penthouse symbolizes in the modern era, it is that of prestige and privilege—a stark opposite of how living at the peak of any building was taken with least favorability back in the days of old. Ideally, penthouses is ideal than most other types of houses for its panoramic views outside.
7. Single-Family Home (Detached)
The single-family home is the most common form of residential property. But while this form of structure may share similarities with a bungalow, a detached single-family home is unique for meeting certain criteria, such as: being detached (does not share walls), built on a private land with direct access on the street, exclusive set of utility services, single kitchen, and in some cases, a garage and a small space for a garden or a playground.
8. The Condominium
A condominium is technically similar to an apartment in many ways. In fact, the only way a condominium could be made separate from the broader terminology that is apartment is in the type of ownership. Whereas apartment units are leased, condominiums, on the other hand, are individually owned.
As such, a condominium unit is considered a real estate that can either be bought or sold by the owner without necessarily having to own the entire building. Typically, when not for personal use, condominiums make for a better investment for leasing or reselling than other types of houses.
9. The Container House
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Houses built upon shipping containers have been gaining popularity in recent years due to their relative affordability. Essentially a makeshift abode, the container house may have similar amenities as other types of houses, while not necessarily requiring drastic transformation on the shipping container it’s built upon. See, here’s a family built a container house as an example that everyone can also do.
To say the least, a container house may still look like a shipping container from the outside but functions as a habitable dwelling from the inside.
Duplexes are essentially two residential units that are built too close to each other, often sharing a similar wall or roof. There are two ways by which a duplex can be jointed—horizontally by being side-by-side or vertically with one being on top of another. Duplexes are individually owned—meaning, the owner may either be renting one of the two rooms while living on another or is leasing both rooms. For your business purposes, building a duplex house is a lucrative business. It can be a good source of passive income because it can be rented out up to Php 25,000 per month if it is near the city center.
11. Single Attached Two-Storey
Earlier, we’ve described what a duplex is. Using that logic, you will see a single attached two-storey house as the half of a duplex in a horizontal fashion. Meaning, two residential units that share a similar wall, but are not altogether owned by a single person. But as the sky is the limit, this form of structure is built with multiple storeys in them in order to maximize available space.
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Contrary to what the name implies, townhouses are not constructs that erect within a town. Instead, townhouses are best described as multi-storied buildings that are often a dwelling to more than just one family. In fact, due to the pragmatic application of its style, not to mention the versatility to it as well, townhouses are basically everywhere and can be molded to look like modern houses for aesthetics.
13. Villa (High-end Villa)
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Once considered as the residence of the elite in ancient Roman societies, villas have come to evolve in many ways abroad. But while there is no single definition as to what makes a “villa” a “villa,” it is nevertheless a massive dwelling that could be close to a mansion in some degree and larger than most other types of houses. Nowadays, villas are connotative of “vacation homes” and thereby “vacation rental properties” to be business-minded, and among repurposed villas of old, monasteries.
14. Multi-Storey House
Houses that have more than one or two storeys in their structure are called multi-storey houses. The purpose as to what constructs of this nature is made is fairly obvious—where land area may be limited, the verticality is not.
The age-old notion “sky is the limit” very much applies here. Hence, the taller and more storied a house is, the more available space that building occupies. Unlike single-storied buildings, a multi-storey house also pays special highlight to stairs for ascending and descending floors.
15. Amakan house
Amakan (or sawali) is a type of woven split-bamboo mats that is often used as material for building lightweight homes, thus Amakan homes. In the Philippines, this type of construct is most common as nipa huts, which are popular in the rural areas. They are often preferred for their porous consistency which allows the passing of air and thereby a means of cooling, especially during the hot season. This is often preferred by retirees who are seeking a simple life at the countryside.
16. Commercial house or building
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There is no single structure that describes what a commercial house. But while that is vague, what makes it as such is in its intended purpose—to be profited from. So, whether it is some bungalow in the suburb, a villa at a nearby tourist hotspot, or an individually-owned condominium, a building is meant for commercial purposes if it generates revenue for its owner.
Unlike the word “house” affixed to its name, a warehouse is not necessarily a place where people live in. Instead, it is a closed area where large quantities of stuff are stored for business. Whether it is exporters, importers, manufacturers, transport enterprises, wholesalers, etc., warehouses have been getting huge demand, especially at this age of e-commerce.
Houses play a large role in our society. While, for all intents and purposes, these constructs vary in magnitude and style, their variations share the commonality of being purposeful. But whether you are in it to live a normal life, establish a family, do it for business, or for the sake of a status symbol, there are more than one way we could put a value at a house.
Perhaps, nowhere else makes this notion more important than in the Philippines, which is indeed a home to many types of houses, due to its relatively more affordable real estate in comparison to developing countries.
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