Houses can be built in a large variety of configurations. A detached house is a stand-alone one-family residence, while a semi-detached house is one that is joined to another by a common wall that they share. Semi-detached properties are often mirrored images of each other.
Bungalow houses are the most popular residential and commercial house in Nigeria. These types of houses are economical to build while maintaining luxury and durability. Bungalow houses are either detached or semi-detached. The detached ones are a single standing property that does not share any walls with any other structure. These property type due to its isolation are usually very private. The semi-detached ones are joined together by a common wall in the middle. One side of each house shares a common wall while the other side is detached. These types of houses in Nigeria can be found in both rural and urban areas of the country.
Duplex houses are stacked apartments on two different floors which often looks like either two houses put together or a large single house sharing a wall between halves. Similar structures with three or four housing units or floors are called triplex or fourplex.
Duplex houses are more common in cities although city dwellers have been known to establish such buildings in their hometowns. Like bungalows, duplexes in Nigeria are usually two types; detached and semi-detached. The only difference is, while bungalows are grounded, Duplexes are usually story high