Hi I’m Joel, and I’m Lia and we are going
to be talking to you about British Housing. Before we start don’t forget to click subscribe
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British housing might sound like a little bit of an obvious thing, to us it does. But
we realise that other people might not actually know what kind of homes are available to people
in the UK. The reason it occurred to us is because when you go abroad on holiday even
has different houses in the countries that they live in. I have never seen a terraced
house in Spain! I don’t think I’ve seen a terraced house in a Mediterranean country.
No! and I certainly haven’t when I went to Florida. It was literally just, detached houses
and apartment blocks. Lets start from the beginning. So, a house that you are probably
most familiar with is a detached house which is basically just a house on it’s own. It’s
in it’s building in it’s own right. It looks a little bit like this. Detached house. Detached
houses feel to me, quite rare in London. I don’t really see many detached houses unless
I go out into a suburb of London. Yeah, which is the opposite of where, well I am assuming,
where we both grew up, it certainly was where I was from. It mainly is detached houses.
Mainly in my area it’s detached or semi [detached]. The next one is semi detached, and semi detached
is when two houses are attached together. So it’s basically one building but with a
wall right down the middle, so it’s two houses in one. In the same area as a detached house,
as in, in the same area of the country, a semi detached house might be a little bit
cheaper to buy. Yep. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s smaller in fact I’ve been into
some semi detached houses that are massive on the inside. In London, that certainly wouldn’t
affect the price. It would affect it a little bit, but you can still get multi million pound
houses that are semi-detached. Moving on. Terraced houses. Terraced houses are multiple
houses in a row, like semi detached but like 5,6,7,8,9,10 plus. I live in an end terrace
which means that, to buy, it’s slightly more expensive to live in the end terrace because
it’s technically semi detached. In terms of neighbours, you don’t have anyone on one side
of you so that’s a plus because you wouldn’t get noise from next door. Growing up, I always
thought of terraced houses as being home to more sort of working class communities. I
think lots of them are victorian, very old houses, and I think, I might not be right
here, I think when they were built they were built for workers. For people who work in
coal mines or people who work in a factory. Builders would build all these terraced houses
so that all of their workers could live in the same place. In London, terraced houses,
again can go for millions of pounds, you can get really lovely big terraced houses or you
can get really small ones which are still really lovely. Sometimes in London because
it’s so expensive terraced houses are broken off into flats. So for instance I live in
an end terrace but I live in a maisonette because I am in the top two floors of the
house and the bottom floor is a completely different flat. So that’s called a maisonette.
‘Clap my bloody maisonette down’ (throwback). The definition of a maisonette is if it has
stairs within the property. So if a property is over two floors it’s a maisonette. If it’s
a flat its just over one floor. So many different ways of living. So many different ways. So
lucky! An apartment. If someone in the UK says that
they live in an apartment, we would assume that it would be a very nice, modern high
end, spacious place to live. Whereas if you say you live in a flat, it can mean that,
it absolutely can, but your instant thought would be that maybe it’s in a tower block.
Maybe it’s not as modern as an apartment. Quite often big blocks of flats are part of
a council estate. A council flat is a flat which is owned by the government and is rented
to you by the council and often for a reduced price. So rather than your rent money going
to a private landlord, you are paying the state. Some of them are even rented free of
charge. There are houses that are given away as benefits to people who can’t afford rent.
People who might be unemployed, or can’t work for some reason, the council, or the government
have these council houses where they can allocate flats for free.They might say, we can reduce
the rent because you can afford two hundred pounds per month so we will pay the rest. Not many houses, especially in London, have
a garden. It’s actually quite nice if someone invites you to their house and they say that
they have a garden. That shouldn’t be unusual to hear, but it is. “Oh wow, you have a garden”
because so many of us live in flats or in high rise buildings so we don’t. You might
have a balcony but no garden. So guys we’ve just spoken a little bit about
the types of homes we have in the UK and what is available to live in. We hope that was
helpful, because like we have said, it’s quite an obvious topic for us because we are used
to it. But I think for lots of you guys not from the UK, I hope you’ll find it interesting.
I don’t feel like you’ve got the same types of property, not exactly the same, in your
country. So yeah, let us know in the comments any thoughts
you have about English homes. [Lia chokes] Are you okay?
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every week. I’m going to get her a drink. I just choked
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