Housing patterns have undergone considerable changes, particularly in urban areas. The old houses of the well-to-do living in joint families consisted of a front and back part, separated by a small open court on each side of which used to be a passage and in the upper storey an open terrace connecting front and back parts of the house.

Houses of the old aristocracy and landed gentry were built round a chauk or quadrangle with stone or burnt brick walls, tiled roofs and verandahs. These houses were generally two-storeyed. The door at the entrance was often quite large and imposing, having a small gateway called dindi. Inside, surrounding the chauk, were broad osaris or verandahs with a devadi, a watchman's place and an office room. On crossing the chawk a few steps led to the oti. The house was always raised on a plinth two or three feet high. Strangers were received on this oti and children played or women did their knitting etc. The ground floor had half a dozen rooms, a central hall and a back oti, opening into the rear yard. There were rooms for sleeping, for keeping accounts, a kitchen and a room for the house-gods. On the upper storey would be some rooms and a spacious hall. In the rear of the house, there would be a cattle-shed, a bathing room and a privy located in a distant corner. There would also be flowering trees and banana trees and tulas (holy basil) planted in a masonry pillar-post and rooms for servants.

Common people's modest houses are generally ones with walls of dressed or un-worked stone, burnt or sun-dried bricks and tiled or flat roofs. They are to be found both in towns and villages. A house of this type consists of an osari front verandah, which is used as a office or place of business, a majghar or central room for dining and sitting, a deoghar or a room for the house-gods, a kitchen and a spare room. There is a cattle-shed usually at the back of the house, a separate privy and a bath-place or nhani.

Houses occupied by the peasantry are of un-burnt brick walls, tiled or dhaba roof and having only two or three rooms. Poorer farmers, farm-workers and Harijans live in single-roomed houses of mud and stone or mud-wattled reed walls with dhaba or tin or corrugated iron sheets for roof. But in parts of the district where sugar-cane crops and sugar factories have come up, the houses have a much prosperous look. Even nicely-built and well-furnished bungalows are not scarce in such parts.

In urban areas the tendency now is to build cement-concrete houses, having two or three room self-contained flats, many of which are put up by housing co-operative societies. People of better means have their own spacious bungalows with gardens in front and back. This is particularly noticeable around Ahmadnagar town and cantonment and other urban areas.