Terrace houses or terraced houses demonstrate a style of medium-density
housing that originated in Europe in the 16th century, where a row of
identical or mirror-image houses share side walls. They are also known as townhouses, row houses or
the origin of terrace houses?
housing can be found throughout the world, though it is in abundance
in Europe and Latin America, and extensive examples can be found in
Northern America and Australia.
was borrowed from garden
terraces by British architects of the late Georgian
period to describe streets of houses whose uniform fronts and
uniform height created an ensemble that was more stylish than a
"row". Townhouses (or townhomes) are generally multi family houses that
share a wall with a neighbouring unit. As opposed to an apartment
building, townhouses do not have neighbouring units above or below
them. They are similar in concept to row houses or terraced houses,
except they are usually divided into smaller groupings of homes. The
first and last of these houses is called an end
and is often a different layout from the houses in the middle,
sometimes called mid-terrace.
terraced houses popular in India?
around the beginning of the twentieth century, terraced houses have
been adopted in India since the country's' early
British colonial rule. Based on British terraced home designs,
the Indian variations are similar to their British counterparts (in
which the living quarters are located on the front and top floor and
the kitchen at the back) and were adapted to accommodate the area's
tropical weather, which is primarily warm throughout the year and
receives heavy rainfall. Earlier versions were more open, designed to
better circulate air and feature inner courtyards, with a frontal
yard, rear yard, or both. A typical Indian terraced house is usually
one or two floors high, but a handful of three or four storey
terraced homes exist, especially newer terraced houses. Earlier
variations followed traditional Indian architecture.
compared with detached homes and semi-detached houses, terraced
houses are relatively cheaper. This singular advantage has made them
more appealing to home buyers. Terraced
property has become increasingly popular over the last few years,
often appealing to first-time buyers and young families. This rising
popularity has been matched by a steady increase in value, with the
average price of terraced property going up faster than any other
property type in the past decade. Terrace houses have a distinct
place in popular culture in India. Almost the entire length of the
superhit Bollywood movie Delhi 6 and the popular song “Ambarsariya
Mundeya” features terrace houses. Even though terraced houses are
popular throughout the country, it is a more common form of housing
in Punjab and the northern parts of India, rather than the South.
are the advantages and disadvantages
of terraced houses?
being one of the cheapest type of housing available in India,
terraced houses also have other advantages. Most terraced houses have
at least a small piece of land attached to it outside, which is great
for pets, kids and provides a safe parking space as well.
walls of terrace houses offer very good thermal insulation and also
makes it larger on the inside. Because walls are shared, there’s
more ‘house space’ even on a very small lot. Having neighbours
closeby can be helpful sometimes, and with terrace housing, bumping
into your neighbour is more likely. However, unfortunately neighbours
can also be noisy and nosy, and these are some of the cons of
terraced houses. The noise pollution and lack of privacy can be
annoying, but there are ways to improve your situation. For example,
double glazing can mitigate a lot of noise pollution. You can also
use furniture such as heavy cabinets to act as a secondary boundary
between shared walls. Take note that carpets and curtains can help
absorb the noise, while tiles and blinds will reflect it. Fences and
well placed plants can also provide a vital screen to help you hide
from your nosy neighbour.
What should I keep in mind about maintenance and
construction in terraced houses?
Before stepping inside a potential terraced property,
take a good look at the external appearance of the house. Consider
how much maintenance or repair you may have to carry out – are
there any visible faults or flaws which may need closer inspection?
Building consultants or inspection firms can carry out pre-purchase
inspections and so, if you’re in any doubt about the structural
condition of the property, it’s best to get the house checked out
by an architect.
The prices of terraced houses in India start from about Rs
2,200/ square feet, have features like
easily assembled, eco friendly and one can end up saving 35 percent
cost compared to a steel and concrete house which can cost about Rs.
20 lakh, excluding the price of the land.
Keep in mind that terraced houses often have narrow
staircases and hallways, making the manoeuvre of furniture and large
items much trickier than usual. When viewing the property, consider
the practicalities of getting your furniture into the respective
rooms within the house. Compact terrace houses can suffer from a
considerable lack of storage. You might want to consider the amount
of storage you will need, and whether the storage available will be
sufficient for you or your family.