What is a Semi-detached House

Semi-detached houses in Singapore are generally known for being a pair of houses built side by side or back to back and unified by a common wall.
March 30, 2021

Semi-detached houses in Singapore are generally known for being a pair of houses built side by side or back to back and unified by a common wall. This wall, more popularly known as the party wall, acts as the main divider between the two houses. A semi-detached house or a “semi-d” is usually known to mirror another house based on style, appearance and even dimensions. 

What is the Difference Between a Detached and Semi-Detached House?

The main difference between the two properties usually depends on how they’re constructed and plotted. A detached house is normally constructed in a free-standing structure inside its own plot of land. A semi-detached house, however, are houses that are built side by side and are joined by a common party wall.

Why do Semi-Detached Houses Exist?

Semi-detached housing came as a response by developers for the need to maximize single family units in one stretch or parcel of land. Aside from its space-saving structure, this also gave way for a more affordable housing option for different families and individuals looking to get their own property.

What are the Features of a Semi Detached Houses in Singapore?

  1. Exclusive land and property ownership - This property type usually has different owners and title deeds to make for an exclusive ownership. A lot of Singapore semi detached house owners value the privacy, security and space that come with their properties.
  1. Semi-detached housing or mixed landed housing - Semi-detached houses can be built in both designated areas for semi-detached housing or mixed landed housing. As long as the development site area can accommodate the minimum plot size and plot width, this type of property is a go.
  1. Terrace houses can be redeveloped into a semi-detached property - A corner terrace house or an intermediate terrace house can both be redeveloped into a bigger and improved version in the form of a semi-detached property. By making sure that the plot size and width for the new property can meet standard guidelines, it can be redeveloped.

Can You Extend a Semi-Detached House?

Extending a semi-detached house is a common renovation practice being done by many owners of the property around the world. Whether it’s extending to the side or rear, this project is a great way to add new floorspace or install a new amenity right inside the property.

How Much Does a Semi-Detached House Cost?

Depending on the location and real estate developer, semi-detached houses normally start from a price of S$510/sq.ft and can go as high as S$2,491/sq.ft.

If you’re rebuilding one, you would have to factor in different costing requirements such as the following:

  • Ceiling works (S$2.80 /sq.ft.)
  • Roofing works (S$5,000-8,000)
  • Flooring works
  • Painting (S$3,500-4,200)
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical and plumbing (S$6,000-7,000)

What Are The Best Renovation Ideas for Semi-detached Properties?

  1. Modern contemporary - One of the common renovation ideas for a semi-detached property is modern contemporary. The interiors of these houses are often themed after neutral motifs and minimalist design elements. 
  1. Elegant and luxurious - A classic look that never goes out of style, the elegant and luxurious design idea can spruce up semi detached houses by bringing in a color scheme that’s neutral, understated and timeless.
  1. Bold, black and rustic - Leaning into a more masculine and edgy side, semi detached houses with bold and black motifs can give an additional personality that’s daring and unconventional.

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