What Exactly is a Link-Detached House? UK House Styles
by Property Investments UKThe Property Investments UK editorial team have been researching and writing about the UK's property market for more than a decade.
You’ll probably have a good idea of the difference between a detached and a semi-detached house. But do you know what a linked detached house is? Here’s what a link-detached house is and what you need to know about buying, owning and selling this type of house.
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The Difference Between a Detached and an Attached House
When it comes to housing structures, there are two main categories: attached and detached homes. A detached home is a stand-alone structure that sits on its own plot of land. It's the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain the entire property, and there are no shared walls with neighbouring properties. On the other hand, an attached home shares one or more walls with neighbouring units. These can include townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, or condominiums. Shared walls mean that noise from neighbours can be an issue, and residents need to be considerate of their neighbours.
A semi-detached or end-of-terrace house is a type of attached home that shares one wall with a neighbouring property, while a terraced house shares walls with both neighbouring properties. In contrast, a link-detached house falls somewhere between detached and attached homes. This type of property shares a wall with another property, but also has an unattached side.
Generally speaking, detached homes provide more privacy and floor space compared to attached homes. However, attached homes can be more affordable and offer greater proximity to neighbours. A link-detached house can be a good option for those looking for a stepping stone from a semi-detached to a fully detached home.