Duplex houses?

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Please help me

There are two families that want to rent together in a house but they want to be almost separate
Like a house for onw family and a unit for the other family separate in the same house.
if i need to do research what is this kind of place called ? Please help me?

Thank you to all of you
 

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What is a duplex house mean?

If i need a house to rent but i also want another unit with to rent to somebody else what is called ?

Thanks
 
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Evo
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A duplex is two units (they're like two separate houses) joined by a common wall.
 
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Duplex means either a whole house on top of another house -- separate entrances, completely separate homes. Or, it means side-by-side houses that happen to be joined in the centre.
 
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What the family might be more inclined toward is what we refer to here as "basement suites". That's where the lower floor of a home is set up as a complete apartment but has access to the upper floors if the "airlock" door is left open. (Bad choice of words, but close to what I meant. There's a common entrance, which opens into a stairwell landing. Go downstairs to the basement suite, or upstairs to the main floor. Each has it's own lockable entry door.)
 
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A duplex is two units (they're like two separate houses) joined by a common wall.
Isn't that a row house ? Duplex apartments are 2-level apartments.
 
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Isn't that a row house ? Duplex apartments are 2-level apartments.
The term "row house" doesn't exist in North America. Duplexes are two mirror-image houses that share a common wall. There is no connection between them as far as entrance goes.
(They don't have to be mirror images, but that's the way that they're normally built.)
 
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Isn't that a row house ? Duplex apartments are 2-level apartments.
No, here a duplex is side by side. I guess depending on the style oF homes in your area, the definition changes. There will be what appears to be a large one or 2 story home, split down the middle and both have their own front door.

Edit: I see Danger already beat me to it!
 
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Britain:

A single house, attached to no others = Detached
Two houses, attached by a common wall = Semi-Detached
Three or more houses attached in a row = Terrace

Generally, if a building is split in two (vertically) it is considered to be split into flats.

Just thought I'd throw this in.

By the sounds of it you want what Danger suggested, a house with a self contained basement (or attic) flat.
 
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Wow, that's a really old neighborhood. You don't see that in the south or Southwest, or mid-America.
That would be a UK terrace, although I will say, ours have more character.

PF-terrace-houses_1109768c.jpg
 
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um.. yes, it does.. they are basically homes with 'common outer walls'
I stand corrected as to the North American aspect. In Canada, those are still multiplexes with whatever prefix is applicable. Before my wife buggered off, we lived in one unit of a quadraplex, which everyone here calls a 4-plex. You Yanks have different terms for a lot of things. For instance, I still don't know what the hell a "brownstone" is. For some reason, it sounds both dirty and expensive at the same time.
 
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No, here a duplex is side by side. I guess depending on the style oF homes in your area, the definition changes. There will be what appears to be a large one or 2 story home, split down the middle and both have their own front door.

Edit: I see Danger already beat me to it!
Wow, and here in India that definition would be very different :smile:
 
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The term "row house" doesn't exist in North America.
Come to think of it, I've not heard the term "row house" used in Canada. We call them "townhouses" don't we?

Duplexes are two mirror-image houses that share a common wall. There is no connection between them as far as entrance goes.
(They don't have to be mirror images, but that's the way that they're normally built.)
See, I first heard that term as a definition for that type of house when I moved to western Canada. In eastern Canada, and in the neighbourhoods I grew up in, we called houses like that a "double". Houses that were split horizontally with an up/down configuration with both homes being above ground and having separate entrances were called "duplexes".


That would be a UK terrace, although I will say, ours have more character.

PF-terrace-houses_1109768c.jpg
Those are gorgeous. I *wish* we had those here so attractively designed. We have them, they just generally don't look as nice and don't face a main road. They tend to be built in blobs of like-houses in a community of crescents and cul-de-sacs and confusing little streets and all match each other. They're called "townhouses" here. Terrace sounds much nicer.
 
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Come to think of it, I've not heard the term "row house" used in Canada. We call them "townhouses" don't we?
They're pretty much unheard of in the majority of the US.
Similar to townhouses, row houses are located in older, larger cities, especially those on the eastern coast of the United States.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-row-houses.htm
 

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