Duplexes are homes that let you distribute the space on two different levels. They are usually single-family homes, penthouses or loft-style homes with a ceiling height that allows for two floors, which are generally connected by stairs or sometimes an elevator.
But like any type of housing, duplexes have their pros and cons, which must be taken into consideration when weighing up whether to choose this type of property.
At WeRelocate BCN we explain the advantages and disadvantages of duplexes.
Advantages of living in a duplex
- More space: duplexes are usually larger than apartments. Also, if the duplex is a single-family house or a penthouse, it usually has small patios or terraces which allow you to enjoy the outdoors.
- Better lighting: in general, duplexes are usually externally oriented. Also the fact of having two floors means there is a greater amount of light, especially on the top floor.
- More privacy: The rest area is most commonly situated upstairs, with the living room, kitchen and sometimes a bathroom normally distributed downstairs.
- Better views: depending on the area that the duplex is located, there can be very good views from the top floor.
Your title here…Disadvantages of living in a duplex apartment
- Stairs: one of the main disadvantages of a duplex is having to go up and down stairs to access the different floors.
- More expensive: since they usually have more square metres, including more outdoor space, as mentioned before in the advantages, duplexes tend to be more highly priced.
- Location: in general, duplexes are usually located further away from the city centre.
- Higher maintenance: the upper part of the duplex is more susceptible to rainwater leakage and damp, meaning that the roof needs to be kept well insulated to avoid problems.
The most important thing is to carefully consider our needs and tastes, and take into account the advantages and disadvantages of duplexes before we make a final decision.