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What is a Link Detached House?
2021-11-30

  You may have a good understanding of what a detached house is and what a semi-detached house is. But do you know what is a link detached house? Here are the link detached house meaning and the information you need to know about link detached garage conversion and so on.

Link detached house meaning

  What is a link detached house? A link detached house or property is a term referring to residential units that do not share walls with other houses or dwellings. However, they are usually connected by a garage. A link detached house is a type of house. The houses on the ground seem to be independent, but they share a wall in the basement or foundation. So far so good. However, starting in the mid-1960s, you began to see pairs of houses built that were connected to each other only by garages. Obviously, you can't call them detached-but again, it is unfair to describe them as semi-finals. This is where the term "link detached " comes from. The link detached style was popular in the Greater Toronto Area in the 1970s and 1980s, where builders could "build something that looked like a detached house on a plot designated as a semi-detached model." However, the connecting house is not a semi-detached house because there is no shared ground wall. A subset of semi-detached houses where a pair of dwellings share the basement and garage walls are called connected semi-detached houses, but these are not considered connected houses. Compared with a pair of adjacent real detached houses, a pair of connected houses will be very close together with a narrow unusable alley. However, unless municipal zoning is measured or inspected, this difference may not necessarily be obvious, and real estate agents often unscrupulously promote link houses as link detached houses in the resale market. Today, builders will choose to build truly detached houses because their prices are much higher than link detached houses, which are enough to offset the savings in common foundations in link detached houses. In terms of value, The link detached houses are generally more expensive than semi-detached houses, but cheaper than truly detached houses.

  The link detached house is the name of a residential property that does not share any common walls with other properties, but is "connected" by a garage. Since the property is connected to another property through a garage, the link detached house cannot be described as a detached house because it would be misleading. Calling link detached house the semi-detached house is also misleading, because they do not share any common walls, and they appear to be independent on the "roadside". The link between the two houses can be through the foundation instead of the garage, which makes the link detached house look like a "detached house look" from the roadside.

 

Is the house link detached, detached, or semi-detached?

  The link detached house has the characteristics of both detached and semi-detached houses, but they do not belong to these two types. Yes, we know how confusing this sounds...

  The link detached house belongs to its own property "category". It enjoys the advantages of a detached house, such as low noise and no shared walls, but still has a "link" with another property, usually through a garage. Detached houses usually attract a premium. Compared to semi-detached houses of similar size, some detached houses are worth as much as 20-25%, depending on the region. Compared with semi-detached houses, link detached houses will also enjoy a higher premium. However, the premium will not be as high as expected for detached houses. You can say that link detached house is a good "bridge" between detached houses and semi-detached houses.

Link detached garage conversion

  Can you convert your link detached garage? The answer is definitely yes! You can easily convert the link detached garage into a living space, thereby changing the dynamics of the link detached house. This is because the wall connecting the newly remodeled garage to the adjacent house is actually a party wall, and the sound will be transmitted through the wall. The link detached garage conversion into an additional living space usually does not require planning permission. This also applies to garages that connect two houses together. As long as the work is internal and does not involve building extensions, no planning is required unless it is covered by permitted development.

  If you decide to convert your garage into a link detached house, you don’t need to sign a party wall agreement, and you don’t need to inform your neighbors of minor changes, including plastering the interior walls, adding or replacing wires or sockets, or drilling holes for shelves or cabinets. That being said, to be a good neighbor, you should tell them that you plan to remodel the garage to maintain a good relationship. Your neighbors can't stop you from remodeling your garage, but they can't complain that they don't know about it. However, if you transform the garage into a living room, you plan to:

  Build a new wall.

  Cut into the party wall.

  Make the party wall taller, shorter or deeper.

  Remove the chimney from the party wall.

  Demolish and rebuild the party wall.

  Converting the link detached garage will add value to the house or property, but if there is insufficient storage space, a portion of it will be reserved for storage. The link detached garage wall can also be soundproof/fireproof. If there is no lane, do not change.

Link detached house problems

  Issues related to linked houses include:

  Your neighbor may convert their garage into a semi-detached garage.

  If the garage is converted into a living space, this may make your house noisier.

  It is not easy to extend the garage to increase the living space of the house, because you need to obtain a permit to connect the extension on the first floor to the adjacent house.