There are different ways a home can stand. There are single homes, townhomes, apartment buildings. Below explains all the different possibilities.
- A Detached unit is a single dwelling unit standing alone, separately titled.
- A Row Unit is one dwelling unit of a group of three or more attached, self-contained dwelling units of similar design and size, where each unit is separately titled. (Row units are often referred to as townhouses.)
- A Semi-Detached unit is one of a pair of self-contained dwelling units, often of mirror image design, attached by a common wall but detached from other buildings; separate titles. (Semi-detached houses are often referred to as duplexes, though this is an incorrect designation; see Property Type.)
- An Apartment is one unit of a complex of self-contained units lying within a low, mid or high rise building, offering common areas such as hallways, parking lots, stairwells, etc.
When you are looking at a town, semi-detached or single, here are the different types of home you may encounter:
- 1-level (1LEVEL) An apartment with all its rooms on one level;
- 1.5-storey (1.5STY) A single family dwelling with 2 levels above grade, where the upper level is full height at the centre peak but dramatically slopes to a shorter height along the outer walls;
- 2-storey (2STOREY) A single family dwelling with 2 levels above grade;
- 3-storey (3STOREY) A single family dwelling with 3 levels above grade;
- Bungalow (BUNGALOW) A single family dwelling with only 1 level above grade;
- Hi-ranch (HIRANCH) A single family dwelling with 1 level above grade and the basement level elevated partially above grade; its entry is located halfway between the basement level and main level;
- Link Home (LINK) A single family dwelling which is linked underground to another home by either a concrete wall or a steel rod connecting two foundations and may be one or more levels;
- Mobile (MOBIL) A trailer or other moveable structure that is used as a permanent structure; usually connected to utilities; may or may not have a permanent foundation; land might be leased;
- Split Level (SPLIT) A single family dwelling with multiple levels above grade, separated by small flights of stairs.
Multi-unit housing, like duplexes include these types:
- Double Side by Side (DBL-SXS), a building which consists of two dwelling units beside one another, is under single ownership, and looks like a semi-detached;
- Duplex-Up/Down (DUP-UD) A building which consists of two dwelling units, one above the other; under single ownership.