Ode to the Townhouse
This month, architect Roger Lewis is singing the economic and environmental praises of the townhouse versus the single-family detached home. Lewis says that because construction budgets for new townhouse projects outside of cities are usually very tight, architects have been known to shun them for constraining creativity.
But Lewis points out that townhouses use land much more efficiently than traditional detached homes, and low-density developments of detached homes that sprawl further out from cities create greater environmental strain through long car commutes. And the townhouse "stigma" among architects and some prospective homeowners is nothing new; Lewis has been writing about it for more than a decade.