10 Nigerian House Types You Should Know About

10 Nigerian House Types You Should Know About

A duplex is a two-story house that is made up of stand-alone apartments on both floors. This means that each floor has a complete apartment. In some cases, however, duplexes are houses built on the same plot of land and are divided by a vertical wall.

A building that is similar to a duplex but with 3 or 4 floors is known as a triplex or four-plex.  Like bungalows, duplexes can be found everywhere in the country – and in a nice neighbourhood like Chois Garden in Abijo, you will find affordable duplexes with flexible payment plans.


Now, this is a type of house that you won’t find everywhere but you can specific areas, including Chois Mansions at Abijo GRA. This is because they are very expensive to build, and must meet certain criteria in order to be referred to as a mansion.

One of such criteria is that the house must be at least 8,000 square feet in size, and must have some facilities such as a gym, swimming pools, sports facilities and other facilities for leisurely pleasure.

However, because a mansion is lavish and very expensive to maintain doesn’t mean you can’t afford them, you can take advantage of flexible payment plans offered to own one in Chois Mansions.


Houses in Nigeria aren’t all shiny metal and glass houses. There are some rural places too. In these rural parts, you won’t find mansions and duplexes, or any lavishly done houses.

Here, mud houses are what you will find. People that live here still build their houses with mud bricks, and for the roof, they resort to locally sourced materials such as raffia mats, palm fronds, straw, palm leaves, or if they can afford it, aluminium roofing.


While we are still in rural areas, let’s talk about wooden houses. While these are not as common as the mud houses, they still exist, especially in swampy areas. Mostly, you find these houses in swampy slums which a lot of poor people call home.

A very good example of this is Makoko slum in Lagos state. Wooden houses are usually built on stilts, which prevents water from getting into the house. The stilts rest inside the water and the wooden house is built on top.

Wood is preferred to build houses in these areas not only because it is relatively cheap, but also because it is light and prevents the stilts from sinking.


No, you won’t find high rise buildings in the rural areas or the slums. They are usually found in highbrow parts of urban areas. These buildings can either be residential or corporate buildings and in some cases, they are a mixture of both with the top floors being residential.

High rise buildings usually have at least six floors, and some can have as much as thirty floors. Because nobody wants to climb up thirty flights of stairs, they usually have elevators installed to make it easier to move between floors. Imagine having an armful of bags and other stuff to carry to the thirtieth floor and there’s no elevator so you have to take the stairs. Ouch!


A penthouse is an apartment on the top floor of a building. An apartment on the 30th floor of a 30 storey building is a penthouse.

Penthouses are usually expensive because they are lavishly done and are also very highly coveted. Penthouses are typically housed in High-rise buildings that are situated in posh areas.

Because of their high altitude, they usually offer the occupant a sweeping and expansive view of the vicinity all around.


This kind of house is mostly found in estates. Here, similar looking houses are joined to form rows. This means that they are houses that are placed side-by-side and share walls with one another. They are of equal heights and look alike.

Townhouses are mostly found in government housing estates or private estates.


While not as common as the rest of the houses on this list, container houses have come to stay. Built from shipping containers, they are a great way to recycle the containers, save more money on housing, and have a sturdy roof over your head.


Terraced houses feature a row of houses that are spitting image of one another. The houses share walls with one another, and they seem to go on and on. This is because they are built in a row format, and the houses look exactly alike.

A first-time visitor would find himself very confused in an estate of terraced houses.

So, there you have it. The common houses that you will find on a trip through Nigeria. These houses show the rapidly evolving and developing nature of Nigeria’s architectural front.

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