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Common Housing Styles in Nigeria

Home is where the heart belongs and everyone wants to own their own home. When choosing the perfect home, different factors counts for different people. As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks. Factors like finance, personal preferences, location of the property, size of family and even something as simple as aesthetics play different roles. The following are however the different house styles you can find in Nigeria:



The word “Bungalow” originated from the Hindi word “bangla” meaning “belonging to Bengal”. Bengal is a region in the northeastern Indian subcontinent, currently divided between the nation of Bangladesh and the state of West Bengal. According to history, bungalows are small in size. However, these days you will find bungalows that are large and combine modern day technology and architecture to cater for the 21st century lifestyle. A bungalow is typically a one storey home, cottage or cabin. It can be either detached or semi detached. Bungalows are inexpensive to build and easy to maintain, as such they are an affordable home option for the working class. Bungalows are very convenient for the homeowner in that all living areas are on a single floor and there are no stairs in between. A bungalow is the ideal home for persons with impaired mobility such as the elderly or those in wheelchairs.


A mansion is a large impressive house. Technically, realtors see mansions as houses that have at least 8,000 square feet of floor space. The word mansion has grown to be very subjective and can mean different things to different people, luxe amenities are however a must. Although size and number of rooms play a part, other features define what a mansion is as well. In addition to a greater than average number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet, a true mansion will have entertainment facilities, leisure space, lavish grounds, superlative building materials and finishes.


An apartment (American English) or flat (British English, Indian English) is a self contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building. The housing tenure of apartments differs considerably, from large scale public housing, to owner occupancy to tenants renting from a private landlord. Apartments or flats are among the most popular forms of housing in the world. Each apartment acts as its own dwelling or living space, as each apartment forms just a section of the overall building. It offers less privacy than alternative types of housing. By owning a flat, a person has access to common areas such as green space, playgrounds, rooftops and gyms. The popularity of flats has increased in Nigeria, as the population has become more urban in nature.


A penthouse is an apartment or flat on the top floor of a tall building, typically one that is luxuriously fitted. Originally, the word penthouse meant a small building with a sloped roof. What differentiates a penthouse from other apartments is its luxury features or elements. Penthouses are often the most expensive forms of  housing in a given market and they are the most exclusive and offer the best views. They are synonymous with a luxury lifestyle and can be found in cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt.


A terraced house is a single family home that is usually set over two or three floors. It sits side by side with other terraces (joined together) forming a tight row down a road or block. They have identical fronts and identical heights, thus they are mirror images of each other. They are designed to accommodate as much people as possible in densely populated cities. The last house in a row of terraces is known as the “end of terrace”. Terraces are generally more affordable than detached and semi detached homes and thus have become more desirable in certain places like Abuja and parts of Lagos.


Sometimes called a Semi, it is a single family home that shares a single wall with the next house. It is different from terraced houses (with shared walls on both sides) and detached houses (with no shared walls). You can find single storey semi detached homes (bungalow) and semi detached houses that are spread over two floors. Cost of building is lower than detached houses.


This kind of house is not large as mansions but often as luxurious depending of course on personal taste and preferences and also on how they are finished/furnished. They spread over two or more floors and feature their own private gate leading onto a private compound. They are great for people that like their privacy and for those with larger families.


In Nigeria, a duplex is seen as a two storey family house. However, a duplex is originally defined as a multi-family home that has two units in one building, either side by side or stacked on top of each other. In essence a duplex is like having two different houses in the same home. As a rule of thumb, duplexes have at least two floors and you can find functioning apartment on each floor, hence this type of home is perfect for bigger families. Similar structures with three or four housing units or floors are called triplex or quadruplex.  A duplex can be a detached, semi detached or terraced house.


These kind of houses are found in rural parts of the country. They depict the house building technique and style of the particular region where they are built. The basic building materials used for building traditional houses are wood, straw, stones and mud. This type of house is cheap to build but is not convenient for modern day living. They are mostly small and lack basic amenities like water and electricity.


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