[Tagging] building = house vs detached.

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Sun Jul 22 22:16:01 UTC 2018


On 23/07/18 07:22, Andrew Hain wrote:
> I will admit to having stuck to building=house in Britain and letting 
> the geometry of the way identify the configuration.
+1
For a row of houses .. ie terrace houses there is
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Dterrace

I disagree with the suggesting if they are individually mapped they 
should be tagged building=house, they are still a terrace so 
building=terrace is still appropriate and more detailed.

>
> --
> Andrew
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org>
> *Sent:* 22 July 2018 21:27:30
> *To:* Tag discussion, strategy and related tools
> *Subject:* Re: [Tagging] building = house vs detached.
> Probably the reason can be explained etymologically.
>
> In the UK, terraced houses (AmE row houses) are very common, so those 
> lucky enough to hear less
> noise from their neighbours emphasize that by owning a 'detached' (not 
> attached to a terrace) or
> 'semi-detached' (two houses sharing a wall) building. The 
> detached/semi-detached also allow outdoor
> access to the back garden, so the 'end-of-terrace' house is marketed 
> with a similar advantage.
>
> In countries where terraced houses are less common, there is less need 
> to emphasize that the house
> is free-standing. Also, 'house' is easier to understand for a 
> non-native speaker than 'detached'.
>
> tom
>
> On 22.07.2018 20:56, Mike H wrote:
> > The definitions of building=house and building=detached on the wiki 
> are very similar and don't seem
> > to have any meaningful difference.
> >
> > I've seen people say that house is meant for rowhouses, and detached 
> should be for
> > stand-alone houses, but there is no documentation that explains 
> that. If that is the intended
> > meanings of the tags, then the wiki pages need some work.
> >
> > As far as how I've seen things actually mapped, I've only ever seen 
> the building=house tag. Taginfo
> > shows 1.2 million uses of detached, and 27.2 million uses of 
> building=house, so they are both used
> > quite a bit, but house is used a lot more.
> >
> > Can anyone elaborate on these tags, or have ideas on how they could 
> be better written about?
> >
> > https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Dhouse
> > https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Ddetached
>
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