You have decided to build a house? Congratulations! Now you can really get started: You have the choice between two construction methods, different expansion stages and house styles. Find out here about the different types of houses and request free catalogs.
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Which construction method do you prefer?
Construction method: Solid house or prefabricated house?
The first thing you need to do is decide between the two construction methods: Solid house or prefabricated house. Solid houses are traditionally built stone on stone. They are usually more robust, more stable in value but usually also more expensive. Prefabricated houses are mostly prefabricated in the factory and score with a shorter shell construction phase.
Solid house: Stone on stone
Solid houses are being built from scratch on the construction site. They are very stable in value and score with a healthy living climate.
Prefabricated house: quickly erected
Prefabricated houses are delivered to a large extent prefabricated on the building plot. The shell is built quickly and is usually cheaper.
Saving with a type house
Both solid houses and prefabricated houses are often available as type houses. These are largely prefabricated house types, where you can often still adjust the roof shape, facade and other architectural features.
Your advantage: With type houses you save costs for planning and approval.
Many house suppliers have standardized house types on offer, which are ready-planned and tried and tested.
Kern House Fida Solid house. Turnkey. B&A Soul. Efficiency house 40 EE. Introductory price from 374.900 euros.
Use: How big do you want to build?
Do you want a detached house for your family alone? Or can or you imagine to build together with others? In a semi-detached or terraced house you live wall to wall with direct neighbor:inside. Therefore land consumption and construction costs are lower. Depending on the use, size and comfort, you can choose between these types of houses:
The classic for families is a detached single-family house that gives you as much free space as possible.
Shared house, shared costs. In a semi-detached house you live wall to wall with your neighbors.
Even more favorable: If you add further residential units to the semi-detached house, the result is a terraced house.
In the two-family house there are two separate living units under one roof.
Unlike the terraced house, it is usually built in height and consists of apartments.
Some luxury pleases? Villas are representative houses and not only reserved for top earners.
A question of style:
How should your dream house look like?
After you have decided on the construction method and size, there is still the question of the house style. From the timeless-classic townhouse to country houses in the tradition of the respective region to the Scandinavian or Mediterranean house: How you can build also depends on the provisions of the development plan. Here you can find the most popular building styles
The classic house is timeless, unobtrusive, fits into any housing development and will still be pleasing 50 years from now.
The country house style is also a breath of fresh air in house building. Country houses are traditional and modern at the same time.
A house like on the coast: This is a typical Frisian house with captain’s gable, red clinker and thatched roof.
A wooden house in Scandinavian style is friendly, inviting and very bright inside – not just for Sweden fans.
This type of house is familiar from Hollywood movies and US series: A porch, gables and dormers are part of it.
Modern houses in the Bauhaus style with their reduced form show a clear edge with few frills.
Columns, arches, balustrades and a pool: this type of house lets you live like on the Mediterranean Sea.
The traditional houses with the wooden beams stand for centuries of craftsmanship.
Finishing stage: Do you want to get involved?
Depending on which building partner you choose, you have the choice between different levels of finishing. They range from do-it-yourself houses, such as a kit house, to prefabricated houses and turnkey houses that you can move right into. Attention: If you help yourself to build with the sog. To save muscle mortgage, you need time and craftsmanship.
Only for professionals: You can build your house yourself to a large extent – for example, as a self-build or kit house.
Here you can help yourself and save costs, but craftsmanship is a must.
You receive this house from your building partner including interior fittings and can move in directly.
Sustainable and energy-saving house types
Lower CO2 emissions, less land consumption, sustainable building materials: More and more people are also paying attention to their ecological footprint when building a house. With the following three types of houses you can build sustainably and energy-efficiently.
This type of house stands for a high energy-saving standard. Efficient houses are usually subsidized by the state.
Wooden houses are usually but not always prefabricated houses. You score with a pleasant living climate.
Sustainable building and healthy living: The climate-friendly eco house is made of natural materials.
House types for living in old age
Ideally, you build your house for life. Think already at a young age about the challenges in old age and changing living conditions. With these house types you remain flexible.
A bungalow is a detached, ground floor house. It is not only popular for living in old age.
Here young and old live under one roof and support each other.
Like a modular system, modular houses can be flexibly adapted to your particular living situation.
You want something different?
Unconventional house types
Does it always have to be a house with a permanent pitch and solid ground under the foundation?? No. Tiny houses in particular are also gaining ground in Germany. Here we introduce you to three unconventional forms of home ownership.
Whether with its own engine or as a floating house: Living on the water as in Amsterdam is becoming increasingly popular.
Small but mighty: The mini houses are the right thing for minimalists and builders with a small budget.
The residence to go is suitable for all those who do not stay in one place for a long time. The house simply comes along.
Frequently asked questions about choosing a house type
What are the types?
In terms of construction, a distinction is made between two types of houses: Solid houses and prefabricated houses. Solid houses are built from the ground up on site and consist of solid building materials such as stone or concrete. Prefabricated houses are largely built in production halls and are assembled on the building site. Their basic structure is usually made of wood. One speaks also of the lightweight construction.
Which type of house is the most economical?
As a rule Prefabricated houses less expensive than solid houses. However, the cost of building a house always depends on the location (price of land), size and equipment. Both solid and prefabricated house suppliers usually have Type houses in the assortment. This saves planning and approval costs. For people with a tight budget are also Tiny houses an increasingly popular alternative. You can also save money on. Kit houses and Finished houses but require some manual skills.
Which type of house is best?
This answer always depends on your wishes and individual circumstances. In the sense of Stable value and Longevity solid houses are in many cases in front. They are designed for about 120 years, prefabricated houses, however, usually only for about 60 years. Solid houses are therefore often better valued by banks (lending value) and achieve a higher resale value.
Which type of house is built the fastest?
Prefabricated houses are erected more quickly on site. The shell of the building is often ready after 2 to 3 days. For the brick on brick solid houses for this take 3 to 4 weeks. The significantly longer interior construction time is identical, however, so that the actual difference in construction time is usually a maximum of 3.5 weeks.
Which type of house is the most sustainable?
In general, the more residential units that can be accommodated on one site, the less soil needs to be sealed. Multi-family houses are more sustainable in this respect than terraced houses or semi-detached houses, but they are still more space-saving than detached single-family houses. If you value sustainable and natural building materials, these are Eco houses and Wooden houses probably the right choice. Passive houses and others Energy-saving houses stand for low consumption and are subsidized by the state K bank.
What to consider when choosing a type of house?
In addition to your personal taste and budget, the local building code also plays a role. The development plan dictates how you can build your house. Typical specifications concern dimensions, distance areas, roof shape, roofing or facade. If you want a certain type of house, you should already make sure when looking for a plot of land that your dream house is compatible with the local specifications.
How to find out which type of house suits me best?
The best first step is to inform yourself about the different types of houses with their respective advantages and disadvantages. Look at pictures of the interior and exterior – for example, on the websites of house providers, in social networks or house catalogs (you can order these free of charge here). Once you have narrowed down your choice, be sure to get a personal impression on site. This is possible, for example, in show house parks.