What Is a Detached House?


A detached house is an independently standing house that does not touch the neighboring houses. Surrounded by land, a detached house usually has a lawn and garden as well. Common types of detached houses include bungalows, consisting of one story, and split-level houses. Backsplit houses contain more than one level at the back but appear as one level from the front. Frontsplit houses contain multiple levels at the front but appear to have only one level when viewed from behind. Slidesplit houses consist of more than one story, while linked houses share foundations with other homes but remain freestanding. Mansions are high-end detached houses for wealthy homeowners.

Two-Story Simple Detached House

  • This type of home contains two or three bedrooms and an L-shaped space used for both the living and dining rooms. A simple detached house also consists of a kitchen and one complete bathroom that houses a toilet and sink, as well as a bathtub and shower combined. The main floor hosts a half-bath and wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood flooring. These homes also feature a garage and finished basement. Simple detached houses begin at approximately 1,400 square feet, basement included.

Two-Story Standard Detached House

  • Typically, a standard detached house contains three or four bedrooms. The living and dining rooms may be separate or combined into one area. There may be three bathrooms, including two full-sized bathrooms and a half-bath. Throughout the home you will find wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood flooring. Other features include a fireplace, a garage large enough for two cars and a basement that may or may not have an attached bathroom. Beginning at approximately 2,300 square feet, basement included, standard detached houses offer more room than simple designs.

Two-Story Executive Detached House

  • An executive detached house contains four bedrooms, one living room, one dining room, a den, kitchen, a half-bath, two full sized bathrooms and a basement that may or may not include another bathroom. In some cases, the living room and dining room are combined to make one large space. Inside, the decor often includes wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood flooring, a fireplace and two-car garage. Executive detached houses begin at approximately 3,200 square feet, basement included.

Senior Level Executive Detached House

  • Also known as a villa or mansion, these luxurious houses are either two-story units or a bungalow and loft combination. They consist of four to five bedrooms, separate living and dining rooms, a library or studio, kitchen, three complete bathrooms, a half-bath, multiple fireplaces, a garage large enough to accommodate two or three cars and a finished basement with a possible bathroom. Throughout a senior executive detached house, you will typically find hardwood flooring and wall-to-wall carpeting, as well as marble or ceramic counters. These homes begin at approximately 4,800 square feet, basement included, offering the most space of all detached houses.

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