What are some detached home styles?
homes, or detached homes as they’re more commonly known in the UK, are defined as
free-standing residential buildings. They typically have open space
on all four sides and are, fairly obviously, designed to house a
single family. In the UK there are several types of detached home,
with perhaps the most familiar being the suburban dwelling common to
every town and city, usually featuring a front and back garden or
driveway. Another popular type of detached home is the cottage; a
typically small, rural abode characterised by traditional materials
and rustic design. Back in an urban environment, bungalows are another example popular with retired or elderly residents due to
their one-storey design and copious outdoor spaces. Then, for those
for whom money is no object, there are grand mansions or villas.
These will invariably be detached, and most often situated in the
countryside with the luxury of extensive grounds.
are the characteristics of detached homes?
homes typically house one family and have space on all four sides
separating them from their nearest neighbours. They won’t share any
essential facility or service such as hot water or heating with
another dwelling, and have direct access to the street or
thoroughfare on which they’re located. They’re also usually built
on a larger plot of land, allowing them some generous garden space
both at the front and back. In the UK, detached homes will often come
with a garage and driveway to accommodate the family’s vehicles.
Due to their relatively large size, detached homes are more costly to
buy or rent than smaller terraces or semi-detached abodes, although
this will vary nationwide depending on the desirability of the local
are the pros and cons of detached homes?
the most coveted advantage to owning a detached home is that the plot
on which it’s built belongs solely to the residents. Not only does
this afford privacy and freedom, it also means the owners can
(usually) extend their home without seeking planning permission or
other legal back-up. This, along with the lack of property management
fees, is considered to be the main advantage. The freedom to plan and
design your home as you wish is a precious commodity, especially in
crowded British cities. The flipside to this autonomy, however, is
that you’ll have to cough up all the cash required to maintain and
develop your property. You’re in sole charge, and liable for any
projects you chose to undertake, from repairs and damage limitation
to remodelling. This also goes for the land outside of your home, so
be prepared to fork out if you want a high-maintenance garden!
Another drawback is that detached homes tend to rack up higher energy
bills throughout the winter, partly due to their higher surface
area-to-volume ratio, i.e. heat lost due to a lack of adjoining
buildings. As most single-family homes tend to be built in the
suburbs, they also tend to require a longer commute time for their
inhabitants, adding to both the length of each journey and its
associated carbon footprint.
much does it cost to build a detached home?
costs of building a detached home will vary hugely depending on the
location and details of the build. As a very rough guide, the average
cost of a self-build project, including land is somewhere around
£260k. This is above the average house price of approximately £170k,
but the markup when selling on a self-built home is considered to be
between 20-25% - so it depends on your long-term goals. If you’re
after ballpark build times for a detached home, a rough guide is
around 4 to 6 months. Of course this will vary hugely depending on
the size of the team involved, your budget, and the scale of the
project. Another feasible and popular option is to renovate or
upgrade an existing detached home. This will cost less than a
complete new build and the options are pretty much endless when it
comes to design and style. The most important thing is to do your
research and plan thoroughly - and don’t forget to enlist the help
of a reputable architect to guide you through the process.