Initially, they were low-cost houses, but lately they have tended to be priced in a more expensive category – cheaper than semi-detached houses, but more expensive than terrace houses.
In Maran, a district town in the state of Pahang in Malaysia, I have designed a cul-de-sac neighbourhood right next to the town-centre.
In this layout are “quarter-detached houses” - the same concept with yet another name (sorry).
Then there are the “corner quarter detached houses”, a close relative of Frank Lloyd Wright’s quadruple house: viewed from any one driveway, you see a unit that looks like a detached house!
corner quarter-detached house
There are also “garden townhouses”, much like the quarter-detached houses, but with separate units upstairs and downstairs; and with each unit having its own garden and private car porch.
Downstairs unit, with a garden at the side
Upstairs unit with a garden and porch below
There is a variant of the garden townhouse when it is located at the corner of two streets.
More about this project later.