10 duplex designs to add to your inspo board

If you’re thinking of building a duplex, you don’t want to miss these 10 duplex designs to add to your Inspo Board immediately!

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Wait — what is a duplex?

A duplex is a building that contains two dwellings on a single block of land, usually under a single roof. Recently, there has been a massive increase in duplex developments as a solution to housing affordability; it can be a very cost-effective way to attain land in a desirable location and has several benefits for homeowners and investors alike.

 

How much does it cost to build a duplex?

This question really depends on where you live, how long your build schedule is and the sorts of materials you’re choosing for your build.

According to one source, building a duplex in Sydney, in 2019, costs around $1m; however, there have been instances where the total projects costs are far lower. These costs can also be split between two parties, if there are two homeowners approaching a duplex build together.

 

Can I build a duplex on my land?

This will be dependant on your local council regulations, including minimum lot sizes and DA approvals. Before meeting with any builders, it’s best to get in touch with your local council at the get-go to find out what exactly is possible in your area, on your specific piece of land, so you know what to expect.

 

Duplex designs

Once you’ve finally decided on building a duplex, there are many factors to consider with the design; functionality, budget, style and property value should all be taken into consideration. If you’re looking for some inspiration, browse through our Top 10 duplex designs below and explore what might be best for your home!

 

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1. Hamptons style

With fresh white details against deep navy blues, this Hamptons-inspired duplex offers a unique design that perfectly fits its coastal setting.

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2. Contemporary

Smooth render against dark feature brick, this design is clean, simple and sophisticated.

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3. Cubed

The architectural edge offered by pop-out cubes can add a strong, structured visual element to a duplex's street appeal, as seen in this design by F. J. C. Construction.

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4. Queenslander style

Boasting timber detailing, balustrades and weatherboard detailing, one cannot help but see a modern Queenslander accent within this duplex design by Futureflip.

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5. Rendered exterior

The smooth, rendered expanses create a stunning canvas, allowing the feature textures of timber battens to truly 'pop'; a sleek finish that is also carried through within the VogueWall front wall.

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6. Symmetrical

This striking symmetrical duplex by Clockwork Construction showcases the strong visual presence of mirror-image construction.


6. Asymmetrical

If symmetry isn't your style, consider playing with an asymmetrical design, such as this duplex by Tass Construction Group. This is perfect for duplex designs where two parties are building together, as they can customise each side to suit their own individual tastes.

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8. Coastal

Yet another Futureflip duplex design in our Top 10; the blonde brick and timber accents create the perfect coastal vibe for this stunning duplex in Woolooware!

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9. Stone detailing

Natural textures have been a huge trend in exterior design; if you're not sold on timber, consider adding some natural texture with stone, as seen in this design by Gray Homes

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10. Detached duplex design 

If the concept of a shared party wall is really bothering you, then this detached duplex design by High Life Homes might be the perfect solution for you! The affordability of a duplex, with the privacy of a standard house.

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Written by Evelyn Kandris

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The number one concern for all duplex developments is privacy; and true privacy is acoustic privacy.

So go ahead; invest in your peace and quiet today with an acoustically-rated dividing fence.

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