Type of Houses in Canada


The homes in Canada are as diverse as the population of Canada. Here is a list of different types of houses available in Ontario Canada.



The bungalows have been a popular choice amongst Canadian residents given the ease of use as this type housing style lack of stairways with the primary living area contained on one floor and are predominantly low rise home. In Ontario, the bungalows date from the early 1900’s, but gained its greatest popularity during the post­ war years of the late 1940’s. Bungalows remain popular, particularly for Seniors  or empty nesters, but 2 storey houses now dominate the residential market.

One and one-half Storey:

1 and half storey

The one and one ­half storey was popular post war era but now not very popular unline 2 storey home. Typically, about 60% of the total living area is contained on the first floor. From a cost perspective, this style is more cost effective than the bungalow, by providing more square footage on the same building coverage (or foot print) on the land.

Two-Storey Home

2 storey home

The two ­storey home is arguably the most popular Home Style in Ontario. This type of home offer a mix of large living area combined with a separate level for sleeping areas. Two-storey designs are very popular in the Greater Toronto Area especially the suburbs of Toronto such as Mississauga, Vaughan, Milton, Oakville, Markham and Brampton. These homes offer a vast variation in terms of interior design, roof design and floor layouts.

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Split level


The split level home is also called Tri-level home is mix of bungalow, split entrance bungalow and the two­ storey.  The most common split-levels built at that time were the side split and the back split. The main level typically contains common living areas (a living room, kitchen, dining room, and/or family room).Side and back splits can involve three or more levels of living area depending on size; e.g., lower family room, main level living room, dining room and kitchen, and upper-level bedrooms.

Attached or Detached

attached home

Attached homes in Ontario are more preferred and have the highest valuation in terms of price and demand. The attached Homes share one or more common (party) walls which reduce the overall building cost. A lot of the immigrant population prefers to buy fully detached homes. Detached homes as the name says are detached homes without sharing all walls with neighbors.


semi-detached home type

Semi-­detached homes are another popular home style where homes are attached to neighbor’s home on one side while the other side is detached. Semi-detached homes are cheaper to buy as compared to detached homes and are in demand as they provide many features associated with detached homes (i.e., size and individual title to the land) while offering certain price advantages, particularly for young families.



Row housing has also become a popular alternative in which three or more units are joined together by common party walls. Each townhouse unit typically contains a full basement, main level living area and upper level for bedrooms. Many variations exist in the marketplace. Townhouses are attractive from a developer’s perspective given higher densities available. Two examples are illustrated. Townhouses are normally grouped in sets of three to six units. Townhouses are either offered as freehold (the owner holds title to the structure and the land) or condominium (the unit owner owns the structure as defined in the condominium documentation) and shares the land as a common element with other unit owners.


Condo type home

High-Rise buildings are getting popular in major metro cities of Canada including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan and Vancouver. This trend is expected to continue, especially as the baby boomer bulge continues to age. A Condo is popularly used for a Condominium which is a privately-owned individual unit within a community of other units. While the buyer of a unit within a condominium
building/complex takes ownership of the fee simple of that unit itself, the buyer becomes a tenant in common with all the other owners of units in the condominium with respect to the common elements; e.g., hallways, gardens, underground garage, recreational
facilities etc.

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