Updated: Nov 6, 2021
WHAT IS A DUPLEX?
Duplex can be considered a house that has two floors or levels connected to each other by an interior staircase. A Duplex can be considered a specific case of a project where two houses are joined in parallel, each one having its own individual entrance, but sharing a central wall.
Likewise, a Triplex refers to a property comprising three floors and a Quadplex, Quadruplex or Fourplex to four floors. It can also include the case of two dwellings joined in parallel. It is common to find buildings with the appearance of a townhouse, with two different entrances. In general, it is usual that the design of these houses is defined by an intentional axial symmetry, behaving as a property that has the same qualities and the same layout.
This type of duplex housing is especially common in The United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and some parts of Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia.
MEANING OF DUPLEX
Duplex comes from the Latin adjective, which simply means "double", so outside the architectural field, it is usually used to name when something is manifested in pairs, that is, that it presents twice the same thing or that it houses twice a certain quantity. Therefore, it makes sense that the term can be used both to refer to a project of two attached or "twin" dwellings, as well as a single housing unit that combines two levels.
Generally, the Duplex offers two clearly differentiated spaces. One is usually destined to the living room, the kitchen and the other is located on the upper part and is designed for the bedrooms and bathrooms. It could be said that the lower part is focused on the day and the upper part on the night. However, this distribution is variable and depends on each country and culture. Another uniqueness of the Duplex is its larger size compared to traditional apartments or apartments.
As a housing model, the Duplex offers a unique attraction because the home has more possibilities when it comes to organizing daily life. It is an ideal home for married couples with children, since the different members of the family have their own privacy and there are no inconveniences due to the lack of space.
Duplexes are a great alternative to apartments, due to their size and architectural distribution, they are a very good option for medium-sized families. The size, the luminosity and the comfort of having two separate rooms for daily life make duplexes a very attractive home for a very specific buyer profile, mostly composed of couples with children.
It should be noted that each unit or space is independent from the other and does not share property rights or obligations. Also, this type of house has become popular because it allows people to live in urban areas where acquiring a regular house would be an extreme expense.
LIGHTING AND COMFORT
More square footage, lots of light, privacy and a certain status. All this is provided by having two floors in one. Duplexes, two-story homes connected by an interior staircase, are the destination of couples with children who see how their apartments become too small. As time goes by, needs change, salaries grow and the family may also increase. Having two bedrooms, living room, bathroom and kitchen is no longer enough. It is then when you opt for this type of housing.
It should be noted that a Duplex house are two houses that share a common central wall, so this barrier or common central wall serves as a division of a unit and the other, in vertical duplex would be the floor of another. A duplex home can be noisier because noise can be filtered through this dividing wall. However, it offers room and comfort for two families.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DUPLEX AND A HOUSE
The most outstanding difference between these two types of houses is the design of the facade or entrance. Duplexes tend to look larger on average, since duplexes are two houses joined together that share the same dividing wall, even though they are together, they are two totally independent houses.