Detached home design ideas, inspiration & pictures

  1. Contemporary Replacement Dwelling, Cubert:  Detached home by Laurence Associates
  2. Covered terrace walkway deck:  Detached home by Brown + Brown Architects
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  4. Amazing Modern Vacation House:  Detached home by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design
  5. Traditional:  Detached home by STAAC
  6. Modern Timber:  Detached home by STAAC
  7. Modern Slate:  Detached home by STAAC
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  9. Existing:  Detached home by STAAC
  10. Modern houses:  Detached home by STAAC
  11. Modern houses:  Detached home by STAAC
  12. Modern houses:  Detached home by STAAC
  13. Modern houses:  Detached home by STAAC
  14.  Detached home by Bobos Design
  15.  Detached home by Bobos Design
  16.  Detached home by Sweden studio
  17. Warwickshire Farmhouse:  Detached home by IQ Glass UK
  18. Warwickshire Farmhouse:  Detached home by IQ Glass UK
  19. Water Meadow:  Detached home by IQ Glass UK
  20. Water Meadow:  Detached home by IQ Glass UK
  21. Water Meadow:  Detached home by IQ Glass UK
  22. Water Meadow:  Detached home by IQ Glass UK
  23. Lanner, Cornwall - Cladding Supply Only:  Detached home by Building With Frames
  24. Lanner, Cornwall - Cladding Supply Only:  Detached home by Building With Frames
  25. Designcubed Architects - New-Build Residence Beckenham, London:  Detached home by Designcubed
  26. Designcubed Architects - New-Build Residence Beckenham, London:  Detached home by Designcubed
  27. House Type C - Hunt Lane, Chadderton:  Detached home by CRISP3D
  28. House Type B - Hunt Lane, Chadderton:  Detached home by CRISP3D
  29. House Type A - Hunt Lane, Chadderton:  Detached home by CRISP3D
  30. Exterior:  Detached home by Red Squirrel Architects Ltd
  31. Black House:  Detached home by Adrian James Architects
  32. Black House:  Detached home by Adrian James Architects
  33. Black House:  Detached home by Adrian James Architects

What are some detached home styles?

Single-family 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.

What are the characteristics of detached homes?

Detached 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 area.

What are the pros and cons of detached homes?

Perhaps 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.

How much does it cost to build a detached home?

The 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.