20 Types Of Houses Around The World

When the time comes for a house hunt, home buyers are challenged by a wide range of different houses.

However, it makes sense to observe the types of houses available from multifamily options to single-family homes and depends on budget, taste, and family needs.

See these different styles of houses everyone spends their days and night in.


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Condominiums are one of several homes on a part of a building or series of buildings. Every owner has the unit name.

The building shall be governed by an elected body that makes decisions on behalf of all the owners of the unit and that owns the common areas and the land.

A duplex condo refers to two-story or two-floored condo units and the triplex is the same as a duplex but has three floors in it.

Condo owners provide common areas in sharing like garages, pool, elevators, gyms, etc. Such home types are cheaper (in purchase and taxes).


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Apartments are a group of houses all owned by one company in a single building. All units are owned by an individual, in other words.

Then the units are lent to the tenants. That is the main difference between an apartment and a condo.

Individual organizations/company owns a condo and the units. In the case of apartments, all the houses in the building belong to one single entity with apartments.


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Townhouses, like many houses arranged in a row, shared by one or two walls. They usually have two or three floors. Some of them may have more.

The owners of a townhouse own the interior and exterior of the building and are therefore responsible for external and internal maintenance completely.

A townhouse is more a single-family home disconnected totally by the other families living from one side or on both.


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The bungalow comes from the “Bengali Home” houses in India. In addition, the bungalow has been built since a cottage with thick walls did not work in India.

A little, square one-story house with front veranda is a bungalow. The individual floor with front steps up to the lawn is raised. Often there is a single sliding glass window in the attic, which is built inside the roof structure.

Today, because of the tendency for large homes, bungalows are not too popular.



One of the most delightful types of house to live in is a cottage. They are little houses planned somewhere along the way with no specific size.

It might be called an old or ancient building. In modern use, a cottage is usually a small, often comfortable home, typically located in a rural or semi-rural setting.

The cottages are used as residences as well as a holiday home.

They usually are with vertical columns, a stone facade, or strong geometric forms, which distinguish them from more contemporary styles.

Log Cabins

Log Cabins
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Log cabins are small houses made up of logs and fixed in with moss, plaster, mud, or dry manure at the ends.

Log cabins are found in the wooden zones, where building materials are readily available. The styles differ, but the common style has a sloping wooden roof and small windows. They are all wooden.

The interior is typically simple and has a bed, maybe separated by a loft. Cabins are less than cottages finished.


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Barndominium can be made of frames of steel or of wood. They usually have a floor plan and barn-like features, such as glass doors, rustic wooden steps, and wide ceiling panels.

They are normally constructed as a home for spending vacations or weekend get-togethers. With that, they are also used as the main place to live or place to organize events or parties.

Many barndos have an open loft that can be used as an office or living room and have space for making a meal as well as dining in one single large area. This facilitates the cleaning and maintenance of the room.

In the end, it’s a great option in terms of design, reliability, and cost.

Tiny Houses

Tiny Houses

Tiny homes are about living comfortably, beautifully, and still with everything you need. It is about debt freedom and the right to lead a pleasant life than to have a larger home.

The way we live in a small house has far fewer environmental effects, reduces the resources we consume to live as humans, and allows us to use less in general.

Those small houses are typically around 2.4 x 5 meters. This has a living space, a loft, a kitchen, and a bathroom and is built to match a trailer so you can drive easily.



Villas were luxurious land that people manage to flee to from their daily lives in town. They are like wealthy, independent villages built on a large scale and often with vast landscapes and vineyards.

Villa will look like a family home in close proximity. It can also provide facilities and water sources like the hotel, such as swimming pools and fountains.

This is why the villas are regarded as more privately-owned, luxurious destinations for people who wish to spend their holidays but prefer to stay not in a hotel with an impersonal atmosphere.

Generally, villas are located outside the thickly populated areas.



A boathouse is a building built particularly for boat storage, generally smaller crafts for sporting events or fun. Usually, they are found on open water surfaces, like a river.

Rowing boats are usually kept in the storages. There may also be the storage of other kinds of boats such as jets or small motorboats.

They have become very dynamic architecture and are used as summer homes, having four or more rooms and a large porch or veranda on the top which is covered by roofs.

The hull design holds the characteristics of a flat-bottomed, high-strength scow. In this way, the boats are powerless and can be drawn from place to place when their position is to be changed.



Treehouses are a platform or a building built around one or more developed trees above the ground, next to or between trunk or branches.

These can be used for recreation, workplace, home, gathering place, and observation. Guests rent a treehouse in many parts of the world. You can even live in a hotel in a treehouse.

They are a good option when considering eco-friendly homes in remote woodlands because they don’t cause the cleaning of any particular area of the forest.

However, in areas of a thick closed-canopy forest, some people can not want them due to the flora and fauna and atmosphere.



A Haveli is an Indian subcontinent traditional townhouse, usually of historical and architectural importance.

The word comes from Arabic hawali, which means ‘partition’ or ‘private space,’ which is popular in the Mughal Empire but has no architectural affiliation whatsoever.

In response to climate, lifestyle, and the availability of materials, the architectural forms of Havelis were developed.

The buildings with internal airflow and cooling courtyards have been considered the most adequate in hot climates where cooling is essential, but the houses were built in areas of rainfall were in a way that keeps the haveli dry from moist air.

Beach Houses

Beach House

A beach house is a house on or near the beach, often used by people who come to the house on weekends or on holidays.

Beach houses are most often designed to cope with the weather conditions they are constructed in, building materials and design methods that vary widely all over the world.

Special paints are required for beach houses to protect them from saltwater. If an estate is built on sand, it has special requirements to base it.

Beach houses are often attached to beach gardens with a specific style of planting and leisure. It is a secure vacation home investment, as development or building projects cannot ruin its allure.


Farm House

A farmhouse is a kind of house in an agricultural setting that serves a housing purpose. It has a field or a beautiful landscape garden around.

They can also be called country houses, distant from your own home, where you can spend some time in the open.

The farmhouses are designed from traditional to modern in various ways. They’re spread out over a modest to a big piece of land with wide front verandas. But they are all rural or agricultural vibes with them.

These days you can find the farmhouses with one or two floors.  It is easier to build farmhouses than a new house in a city because the land is cheaper outside than within the city.

Container Houses

Container House

Houses are a new concept in which a steel structure, ship structures basically become a living space.

Container homes around the world have become more popular over the years. These homes are now one of the most fashionable architectural and design areas.

These huge containers are stacked and connected to make multiple stories that are as large as a single floor of a house.

Container houses have no adverse environmental consequences. The houses for containers are usually built using two standard containers – 20×8 ft and 40×8 ft.

Container homes can be relocated and easily assembled in different locations.



An igloo also called a snow house and it is a form of snow shelter, usually built when the snow is sufficient.

Snow is used as it is a conductor of heat because of the airbags that are trapped within it. Outside, temperatures can be as low as −45 ° C, but inside, if warmed by body thermal energy alone, the temperature may range from −7 to 16 ° C.

Snow blown by air, which can compress and interlock the ice is the finest snow to use for this; snow which settles down softly in motionless weather is not useful.

The igloo is different since it is a dome, which can be leaned on and polished to fit from individual blocks without the additional build support system.

The weight of a person standing on the roof is supported by a properly constructed igloo.



A hut is an early house built of different local materials. The term hut is often used in the western world for wood.

Huts are a form of traditional buildings because they are made of readily available materials such as wood, grass, twigs, snow, stone, ice, palm leaves, hides, mud, and cloth, using techniques that have gone on for centuries.

A hut is a mud hole of a lower quality than a house (sustainable, well-built house). Some displaced people use huts all over the world.

Many huts have been designed to build extremely efficiently and quickly. Tools or knowledge are often not needed for construction.



A traditional yurt is a round and portable skin-covered tent used by various nomadic groups as a residence. The structure is comprised of wood or bamboo’s small opening for the walls, a frame for the door, ribs, and a wheel, possibly bent by steam.

The roof structure often supports itself, but large yurts are often supported by interior posts. With a strain band that opposes the force of the roof ribs, the top of the wall of self-dependent yurts is prevented from spreading.

Traditional yurts consist of a widening circular wooden frame with a felt cover. Modern yurts can be built permanently on a platform for wood or materials like steam-bent wood or metal framework.



A tepee is made from a wooden cone-shaped case by a buffalo hide covering. Like contemporary tents, tepees are carefully clustered and easily break up.

When a tribe wanders from place to place, each family brings together its tipi poles and hides the tent. At first, Tepees were 12 feet tall, but when the Indian tribes of the plains get horses, they build them twice as tall.

Tepees are premium houses for people on the move forever.  You can see such houses in rural areas and rarely in urban areas.

Mobile Houses

Mobile House

A mobile home is a prefabricated building constructed on a permanently affixed frame in a warehouse before it is shipped to the property (with either a towing or a trailer).

It is also called a trailer house, truck, static carriage or caravan. Two large sized mobile homes are found in two sizes, double wides and single wides.

They can often be left at one place permanently or semi-permanently in permanent housing, or for vacation or temporary accommodation, but can be relocated and, for legal reasons from time to time.

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