What Is A Terraced House?


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Liam Orr answered
In architecture and city planning, a terraced, row house, linked house or townhouse, though the last term can also refer to patio houses, is a style of medium-density housing that originated in Great Britain in the late 17th century, where a row of identical or mirror-image houses share side walls. The first and last of these houses is called an end terrace, and is often larger than those houses in the middle.
The terraced house has housed different parts of the social spectrum in western society. Originally associated with the working class, in modern times, historical and reproduction terraces have been widely associated with the process of gentrification.
Terrace housing can be found throughout the world, though is in abundance in parts of Europe and extensive examples can be found in some cities in North America and Oceania.
The terrace as a building style originated in Great Britain. In many cities terraced housing was favored over the apartment building.
The practice of homes built uniformly to the property line began in the 16th Century and became known as 'row' houses. 'Yarmouth Rows' in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk is an example where applied to a narrow street where the building fronts uniformly ran right to the property line.
The term terrace was borrowed from garden terraces by British architects of the late Georgian period to describe streets of houses whose uniform fronts and uniform height created an ensemble that was more stylish than a "row".
Townhouses or townhomes are generally described as being two to three storey structures which share a wall with a neighboring unit. As opposed to an apartment building, townhouses do not have neighboring units above or below them. They are similar in concept to row houses or terraced houses, except they are usually are divided into smaller groupings of homes.
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Anonymous answered
A terraced house in built in a row of identical houses so the side walls of each house are shared with its neighbour. Terraced houses were preceded in the United Kingdom by 'back-to-back' tenements where the rear walls of the houses were shared as well. These were built in their thousands during the Industrial Revolution to house the workers who were coming in from the countryside to work in the factories.

The terraced house was a development where the houses could still be built relatively economically, as they shared walls and roofs, and often roof spaces too, but each house could have a back yard or garden. Terraced houses are still built today but often referred to as 'townhouses' to make them seem more upmarket.

The houses at each end of a terrace, although technically semi-detached, are normally referred to as 'end-terrace'.
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Mel Brandle answered

I'm just wondering whether town houses are similar to terraced houses since they sometimes have the same characteristics within the gated estate. Personally I think that the facilities, storage and capacity of the house is more of the important factor when choosing a home and the exterior is just a secondary consideration.

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Martin Garret answered

Thank you guys for the clear explanations. I would also recommend seeing several pictures on the Internet to imagine this type of property. Bu the way, it is one of the most popular places to rent among tenants. I work with a company that helps me with my property maintenance. They found nice tenants very fast.

Cameron Robertson Profile

Terraced houses are housing units that are terraced together. They are normally very similar to their neighbours and it can look as if they are tiled in a row. You'll know that you're looking at terrace houses when you see a whole row of identical looking homes on one street.

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