By Devin Uriarte
There are many benefits to duplex house plans. Got a multigenerational household that needs more space for extended relatives? Or perhaps you want to rent the extra unit out (where allowed).
Having the garage in the middle of the duplex plan is appealing because you get a bit more of a buffer between the units. And if they're all on one story? Even better, since that can make aging in place easier.
We have selected four one-story duplex plans with open layouts and charming details.
This traditional duplex plan features mirrored open layouts with charming front and rear porches. The two garages sit in the middle of the house plan. Thoughtful details include storage closets and lockers in the entryway. Each side has two guest bedrooms and a primary suite that looks out to the private rear porch. The primary suites boast five-piece bathrooms and walk-in closets for additional storage.
In this single-story duplex plan, there is a common garage between the two spaces. The two-car garage is vaulted with storage above. Each side of the duplex includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A charming front porch welcomes guests into the entryway and into the living room. On each side, there’s a cozy dining nook that has lovely views of the rear patio from a bay window. The common garage leads to individual laundry rooms.
The façade of this single-story duplex possesses country charm and overall gives the home curb appeal. Each side of the duplex features a two-car garage that sits between the main homes. A covered front porch adds to the curb appeal and welcomes guests into the open living space. Details in the home like the fireplace and columns elevate the space while keeping it comfortable. In the kitchen, there are two casual dining areas where guests can sit and relax while the owners prepare meals.
Lovely gables and shutters give this European style duplex elevated curb appeal. In the middle of the units are the single-car garages that open to the entryways. The plans mirror one another and each features an open living space that is ideal for hosting and entertaining. An island sits between the living room and kitchen creating a seamless transition. Sliding glass doors create indoor-outdoor flow for summer hosting.