How to create several rental units within a main house.

How to create several rental units within a main house.

main house with several 2 bedroomed units inside

This article will assist you in creating several rental units in a main house while still maintaining the appearance of one double storey main house.

Step I.

You will need to confirm with the local authority on how many dwellings are permitted within a single plot for your area.

Step 2.

Determine which units you will prefer-whether its one bed roomed or 2 bedrooms. Most people prefer 2 bed roomed units.

Step 3.

Ask your architect to incorporate the units inside the main house. Make sure that the floor plan design interconnects all the units so that in case you might decide to use the house as one complete unit, all you will need is to keep the doors linking one unit to the other open.

You can now enjoy the benefits of having several rental units within the main house and not interfering with the general building and house designs of the neighbourhood.

Francis Gichuhi (692 Posts)

Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email Telephone +254721410684


  2 comments for “How to create several rental units within a main house.

  1. Ronald
    January 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I am in the early stages of building such a unit and I am impressed by the information in your article. Its highly informative and I am just wondering are you an Architect?

    • admin
      January 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

      yes, am a registered architect practicing in Kenya.

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