Building & Renovating

5 Townhouse Design Ideas to Consider for Your Future Home

Photography: Jilson Tiu and Dairy Darilag

When you live in a highly urban area, one usual option for home ownership is investing in a townhouse. By design, a townhouse allows residents to be close to their jobs and the city while still coming home to everything they need.

A townhouse is unlike other real estate types; it is more spacious and has more privacy than apartments or condos. However, it has a smaller floor area than single unattached homes.

What is a townhouse?

Townhouses are homes that share one or two common walls with neighbors. They often also share one facade but each house has its entrance. Townhouses will usually have multiple floors, allowing the living space to be spread out between several levels.

It is a great option for families living in highly urban areas, as the land footprint is maximized. This means more space on a relatively small floor area. 


What differentiates a townhouse from an apartment?

A townhouse is a great middle ground between detached houses and apartments. Detached houses are a rarity in a metropolitan city, and can be expensive if you do find one.

Unlike apartments, townhouses afford you more space and the feeling of living in a real home. You have a lot more privacy, as townhouses are built to accommodate families.

What features do townhouses have?

In the Philippines, various developers will create subdivisions of townhouses in strategic areas near or in the city. Depending on the area, you may have options regarding the house size and style.

A common townhouse design includes a one-to-two car garage. Other styles may include a roof deck, pocket garden, outdoor laundry area, or balcony.

You'll usually find that townhouses will have their own set of facilities and security managed by a homeowners' association. These perks make it a more attractive option compared to building a detached home by yourself.

watch now

Townhouse design ideas to consider

While owning a townhouse is a great option if you'd like to stay in the city, you may not always be able to customize the exterior as they come pre-constructed. Instead, you may be able to renovate the interior to your liking. 

Consider adding a personal touch to the layout and design of your home to create an urban oasis. If you’re buying a new place or transforming an old space, here are some townhouse design ideas to consider.

Add mirrors to create an illusion of space.

townhouse design with mirrors

Working with a small floor area? Avoid design elements that can make your townhouse look cramped and dark. This home in Quezon City had to fit a living room, dining space, and kitchen in a compact floor space. The designer used floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the dining area to make the room look larger. As a bonus, these panels bring more light to the entire ground floor.


Use glass to lengthen and brighten rooms.

townhouse design with glass walls

The owners of this four-story townhouse wanted a hotel-like feel through posh and streamlined design elements. The interior designer divided the dining area from the living area using a glass panel. This allows natural light to illuminate the space, even with limited windows on the ground floor. 

In the master bedroom, they also opted for a glass enclosure for the entire bathroom, keeping the room bright and well-lit. If you’re not a fan of doing your business in a glass bathroom, some blinds can help maintain privacy.

Add a walk-in closet.

townhouse design with walk-in closet

Have more bedrooms than you need? Try converting this into a walk-in closet. Townhouses often have compact bedrooms, and choosing a separate room for your clothing can keep the master bedroom more spacious and serene. You’ll also have the added advantage of eliminating the chance of clutter in your sleeping area since it will be limited to your closet. 

Turn unused nooks into study spaces.

townhouse design with study area

The owners of this townhouse turned a second-floor space into a work/study area that satisfies each family member. The room includes several cabinets to stow away books and papers, desks for the family's kids and working parents, and a sofa as a spot to rest in between meetings.


The entire room is defined by a glass partition, providing enough light into the space and making it conducive for work and study.

Re-layout the home to add more space.

townhouse design with unique layout

Before the renovation, this townhouse's ground floor lacked light and was incredibly cramped. The homeowners decided to transfer the kitchen to the second floor. This allowed the designer to create a more spacious kitchen area while leaving the ground floor for the living and dining spaces. 

More on


Latest Stories

Makati's New Terminal Looks Like an Airport

Check out the routes available at the One Ayala terminal.

Iya Villania Finally Explained Why She Keeps Saying That The New Casa Arellano Is A Tiny Home

Iya puts it firmly, "It really is [a tiny home]. You'll understand when you see it."

A Growing Family Finds a Haven in this Contemporary Rustic QC Home

Interior designer Angelica Fua made sure to create a space that is both intentional and functional.

Turning Row Houses into Relaxing Tropical Escapes

Located in Laiya, these homes prove that life is better by the beach.

This Private Loft Cabin in Cavite Is a Staycation Dream

It features two cabins and a spacious outdoor area with a pool!

This Tiny House With Ocean Views Is Worth The Trip To Eastern Samar

A swimming pool stands ready near the house!

This Contemporary Bungalow Is Made for Wellness in Retirement

Sunset years should be spent in peace and leisure.

RL Picks: Booty-ful Mugs and Home Decor to Spice Up Your Space

Want to add bold statement pieces to your home? Say no more.
Load More Stories