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House and home

Rooms and Places in the Home

A room used for sleeping in.
Living room (UK also sitting room, AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH also lounge room)
The room in a house or apartment that is used for relaxing, and entertaining guests, but not usually for eating.
A room with a bath and/or shower and often a toilet.
The area just inside the main entrance of a house, apartment or other building which leads to other rooms and usually to the stairs.
Utility room
Usually just for washing machine, freezer etc.
A separated building from the house usually for storing garden tools.
Space in the roof of the house usually used only for storage.
Room in the roof space of a house (could be lived in.)
Room below ground level without any windows used for storage.
Room below ground level, with windows, used for living and working.
Flat area at the top of a staircase.
Open area as you come into the house.
Covered area before the entrance door.
Pantry or larder
Large cupboard used, especially in the past, for storing food.
Terrace or patio
Paved area between the house and garden for sitting and eating, etc.
A room for reading, writing, studying in.
An area with a wall or bars around it that is joined to the outside wall of a building on an upper level.

Types of houses / Places Where People Live

A building which people, usually one family, live in.
Detached house
Describes a house that is not connected to any other building.
Semi detached house
A house that is semi-detached is one that is joined to another similar house on only one side.
Apartment (UK usually flat)
A set of rooms for living in, especially on one floor of a building.
Terraced house
A house that is joined to the houses on either side of it by shared walls.
A small house, usually in the countryside.
A house that has only one story/floor.
A rented room which has a bed, table, chairs and somewhere to cook in it.
A house usually in the countryside or near the sea, particularly in southern Europe, and often one which people can rent for a holiday.
Time share
A holiday house or apartment which is owned by several different people, each of whom is able to use it for a particular period of the year.
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