There are 7 types of property that exist in the UK. To an extent, the variety of properties available to buy and rent are based purely on style, space and affordability. Houses as a broad category encompasses a few variations of styles; you can get detached, semi-detached, end of terrace and terrace. Then you have cottages, bungalows and flats which serve an entirely different purpose. The type of property will also depend on where you live. In general, when you live in large congested cities, people will often live in flats and in towns, there will be long streets of houses joined together which are known as terraced houses. And of course, the countryside is characteristic of its larger cottages, bungalows and two or three storey houses that have a lot of land for varied use.
The term 'flat' is synonymous with British English. From studio flats, to maisonettes and 2-storey flats, a flat is a living area that is self-contained and in one part of a building. A building is usually split into individual flats and the communal areas are those that are shared e.g. lifts, stairwells, receptions etc.…
Detached houses are more likely to be the property types we all dream of owning. They tend to be more private as they are single standing properties, and do not share walls with other houses. Due to its privacy, detached houses are a lot more expensive and high in demand.
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Semi-detached properties are a lot more common for homeowners to purchase/rent. There are a lot more semi-detached properties in the UK as they save a lot of space as they are houses paired together by a common wall. Semi-detached properties are fantastic options for homeowners to extend at the back and side and have an element of privacy too.
Terraced houses are common in old industrial towns and cities such as Manchester, Bath and areas of central London. Terraced houses became extremely popular to provide high-density accommodation for the working class in the 19th century. Terraced houses are structurally built the same and both sides of each house shares walls with neighbours.
End of Terrace
It says it in the name. It is the end of a terraced house and only one side shares a common wall, while the other is detached.
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When you think of a cottage, you automatically associate the British rural countryside and more times than not, cottages have and will always be in the rural regions of the UK. Cottages were purposefully built to have thick walls to withstand the bitter cold weather, small windows, structural pillars, low ceilings and most distinctively a thatched roof. Cottages in the middle ages were built for agricultural workers and their families. Nowadays, cottages are houses that have one and a half storeys – the top floor is a lot smaller than the ground floor and the pillars are used to hold up the structure. Modern cottages now have all the comforts of any home in the country, including electricity and running water.
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The word ‘bungalow’, originates from the Indian word ‘Bangla’, which in the 19th century referred to houses that were built in a Bengali style. Houses that were made in Bengali style were traditionally very small and only one storey high and detached. A wide veranda was adopted by the British as well as low roofs. The distinction of a bungalow compared to a cottage is that of style, history and the price tag. Bungalows are generally a lot cheaper to purchase. Bungalows were appropriate housing types to deal with tropical climates such as South East Asia where many bungalows originated. The interior only has one level which is adorned with wide, open hallways and windows. Many bungalows have nowadays been converted to accommodate a smaller second floor.
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