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    Definition help - "tandem houses"

    I am in the process of reviewing some development guidelines from a developer. He uses the term “Tandem Houses”. What are Tandem Houses? Are they the same as Duplexes? please help me with a definition!!

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    Why don't you just call him and ask for a plan that shows what he's calling 'tandem houses' and then relate it back to whatever your municipality uses for a similar use. I don't know what a tandem house is either. My guess is that your developer is the only one that knows for sure what he's talking about.
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    This sounds like "developer-speak." If duplex is a word that gets people nervous, then they come up with a new term. I would guess your definition is correct, but you might as well give them a call and ask.
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    I've seen the term used over here in marketing BS to described a pair of houses on a single lot that are not attached (we call them detached dual occupancies in planning instruments). We would expect a duplex to be attached houses. A tandem probably has a shared direveway and may have attached garages.

    I think Cardinal is probably right about why the term was invented and I agree with nerudite about how to make sure of the meaning.

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    Along the same lines, Sumner, Wash uses the definition "two unattached ground-related dwelling units occupying the same lot". I have no idea what "ground-related" means, but can guess - talk about doublespeak!

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    Tandem means "having two identical components arranged one behind the other. ie: a tandem axle." So, I agree with what's been said so far, but off hand, I would have agreed with you about the duplex-type house. I guess you'll have to ask.
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