Most people in UK live in urban areas – town and cities. Towns and cities are becoming bigger. And more and more people are living in them. Most houses in Britain are made of stone or brick. People use materials from the local areas. The colours of the stones and bricks vary across the country. Houses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very big – castles, and some are small. Some houses are more than 500 years old, and some very modern.
The main types of houses in UK are: detached, semi-detached, terrace and flats (apartments). There are also some people, mainly in the country, who live in caravans and cottages.
A Detached House
A detached house is not joined to any other. Most families in UK live in this kind of houses. The bedrooms are usually upstairs. Downstairs are the living room, kitchen, toilet and a garage. These kind of houses have two gardens. Smaller in the front. And larger in the back.
A Semi-Detached House
A semi detached house is a house which is joined to another house on one side.
In most towns in England, there are streets of houses joined together in long rows. House which is a part of that log row is called a terraced house. It is a house which is joined to other houses on two sides. The house at each end is called an ‘end terrace’ house. Some terraced houses can be very expensive, with large rooms, and usually are without a garden.
A flat is part of a bigger building where all the flats share a front door. Only cities and very big towns have blocks of flats.
Cottages are usually very old, mainly in the country, or by the sea. They’ve got beautiful gardens.
Some people live in mobile homes called caravans. They are very small, but some can be quite big. Good thing about these homes is that you can move from place to place. And not change your home.
Houses and Homes
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