Modern homes are houses built to suit 21st century needs, they are aesthetically pleasing, environmentally friendly, with many functionalities and technological integrations.

Modern house design trends in Nigeria are not lacking in sophistication and style. Most of the common types of houses you find around Nigeria have been reinvented by innovators like Sujimoto and other new-age developers.

This article compiles photos of modern homes design trends of popular Nigerian home types.

The popular types of houses in Nigeria are:

  • Duplex (Detached/ semi-detached)
  • Single family house( detached)
  • Terraces
  • Bungalow
  • Apartment/flat
  • Mansions
  • Penthouse
  • Mudhouse


modern house design trends in Nigeria
Detached duplex

One of the most popular house types In Nigeria is the Duplex. A duplex is a house with two different units stacked on top of each other. It’s like having two houses in one.

Duplexes have at least two floors this makes it a perfect home for accommodating bigger families.

A duplex can either stand alone(detached) or share its wall with another duplex(semi detached)

Also similar structures with 3 or 4 units stacked are called “triplex and fourplex” respectively.

The modern design trends of duplexes in Nigeria features more glass, baked brick walls and marble/tiles.

2 Single-family house( detached)

single family home
single family home

These houses are popularly owned by the very affluent people in Nigeria, commonly found in areas that are densely populated.

The key feature of a single-family home is that it’s completely detached from other housing units on a relatively large span of Land.

Single-family homes are usually more private and there are more options for personalization.

3. Terraces.

Terraces -photo credit -Nigeria property center

A terrace house is a single family home with two or three floors. In Nigeria most terraces are semi-detached i.e they sit side-by-side with other terrances.

Terraces are usually more affordable than Duplexes, this is why they are quite popular in urban areas like Lekki and some parts of Abuja.

4 Bungalow.

Bungalow is one of the most popular types of home in Nigeria, these buildings have a single floor and are usually very economical to build,

The new modern designs are durable, eco friendly and it exudes luxury

5 Apartment/flat

Flats or Apartments are among the most popular types of housing in the World. An apartment is a combination of many separate homes stacked together on top and next to each other.

They comprise bedrooms (ranging from 1-6), Living rooms, kitchen, toilet, and bathrooms, and shared living spaces. They are very popular in populated big cities around the world including Lagos and Abuja. Because of their space-saving advantage.

The modern designs are eco-friendly, beautiful aesthetics with many features and functionalities.

Lucrezia by sujimoto

6 Mansions

Mansions are very big luxury homes, usually, on a very wide span of land of at least 5000square feet, mansion indicates a level of grandeur, style, and quality — far above the normal in a given area. This correlates with the housing patterns of the rich and wealthy.

Mansions can be found scattered across Nigeria: with some of the most impressive being sited in Abuja, Kaduna, Lagos and Port Harcourt.

7 Penthouse

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A penthouse apartment is a unit on the topmost floor of a multi storey building, like hotels and skyscrapers.

The distinguishing factor of modern penthouses is their luxury features or elements. Penthouses are often the most expensive forms of housing in most markets. They are offered exclusively and provides the best views in a given environment

Penthouses are synonymous with a luxury lifestyle. You will often find them in Nigeria’s big cities like Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt.

8 Mud/ traditional houses.

Mud house in Nigeria

Traditional houses in Nigeria are generally found in rural parts of the country. The primary building materials used in constructing traditional houses include wood, straw, stones, and mud.

You’ll think that these forms of houses are outdated and do not suit the modern lifestyle, WRONG, the building designs of the Obudu mountain resorts says otherwise


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