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There are three key elements that define the layout of a terraced house, the: 
  • overall form of the building; 
  • type of access; and 
  • type of terraced house. 
Understanding the relationships between these elements and testing different options for the site is crucial to a successful design. 

Good developments will successfully combine form, access, and unit types, however, different combinations have different advantages and disadvantages, so there will be trade-offs between different objectives to get the best outcome. The building will also be informed by a context analysis at a site and neighbourhood scale. Factors such as site topography, natural features, sun penetration, prevailing wind, access, existing structures on adjacent sites, and views; will help determine the most appropriate form and massing for a terraced development. 

For more on site and neighbourhood context analysis, refer to the Placing the Building​ and Design Statement​ sections of the Auckland Design Manual. For statutory building and planning controls, refer to the Unitary Plan​. For reference some examples of terraced housing and semi-detached housing layouts are provided below:

Typical terraced house plans

Typical semi-detached house plans

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