The home is a crucial concept for the British, reflected within the famous saying “An Englishman’s house is his castle”.

Britain’s homes have changed dramatically through the ages, in size, architectural design, and features – so much so, that the variety of properties available to buy and rent now are based purely on style, space, and affordability. Different districts and areas house different types of properties. 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-story houses that have a lot of land for varied use.

1. Bungalow

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Bungalow houses in Britain © 

Bungalows are low profile, not too tall, and generally have one floor. Basically, bungalows are a lot cheaper than Cottages. It is essentially a subset of the set Cottage. The word “bungalow” originates from the Indian word ‘Bangla’, which within the 19th century mentioned houses inbuilt a Bengali style.

Bungalows were created when British colonial administrators adopted the classic Indian style low roofs and porches built around them. They can either be detached or semi-detached. As they are restrained to one floor, it makes them comparatively more expensive compared to other housing types as they take up more land for the same square foot area as a house with two floors.

2. Cottage

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Cottage in Britain © 

Originally, in the middle ages, cottages housed agricultural workers and their families and are situated in rural or semi-rural areas. The term cottage denoted the dwelling of a cotter – peasants. However, today they are houses that can be found in crowded cities and are usually built to one and a half stories. The top floor is far smaller than the bottom floor because the pillars want to delay the structure and take up tons of the lebensraum. The thick, dark, classic timber pillars are usually what characterizes a cottage. They’re a huge focal point of the property, as they’re located throughout the property, on display to give a classic ‘village’ look and that traditional element of the property is what makes it expensive in today’s times.

3. Detached

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Detached houses in Britain ©

A single dwelling stands alone, offering more privacy to its residents. These houses sometimes accompany sizable areas of privately-owned land and may be quite large. They’re not all totally removed from the neighborhood, but they never share a wall with any neighboring homes. Detached homes are highly sorted after and usually more expensive than semi-detached houses because of heightened privacy.

4. Semi-Detached

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A dwelling may be a pair of homes joined together by a standard wall. 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, while the other is detached. Semi-detached properties are fantastic options for homeowners to extend at the back and side and have an element of privacy too.

5. Terrace

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Terrace houses in Britain © 

Terraced houses typically are available rows and every house’s structure is the same. A row house is one among the homes in these rows that are sandwiched between 2 other houses. This means that every room in your house will immediately adjoin your neighbors’ properties. Terraced houses tend to be a good value for money, but their situation usually means you’ll have to keep the noise level down or risk disrupting your neighbors.

7. End of Terrace

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End of Terrace houses in Britain ©

Terraced houses are common in old industrial towns and cities like Manchester, Bath, and areas of central London. Terraced houses became extremely popular to supply high-density accommodation for labor within the 19th century. Terraced houses are structurally built the same and both sides of each house share walls with neighbors.

8. Flat

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Apartment and Flat housing in Britain © 

A flat is one of the most common types of residential property in the UK. It consists of a living area that is self-contained within only part of a building. Usually, a flat is situated during a building that’s broken up into multiple living areas for various residents. Flats are generally the first housing solution in inner cities and metropolitan areas, due to the apparent space-saving advantages of building vertically.

They can sometimes occupy 2 floors however this is often less regular. Flats vary greatly in price. Their size and area usually determine how much you’ll pay, with the more luxurious flats in high-value areas costing more than some houses. Smaller flats in less expensive areas are usually much cheaper than most other properties.

All of these types of residential properties in the UK offer their own unique benefits and attributes and together make up the coarse and fine grain of Britain.


A budding designer, writer, and artist, Sumedha Singh aim's for eternity by aiding in creating structures of tomorrow that would preserve the ideas of today. With a profound passion for art and architecture, she longs to educate others about the urban communities according to the requirement of the people of tomorrow.