[Tagging] building = house vs detached.

Sebastian sebastian.spiess at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 17:47:11 UTC 2018

Thanks for this explanation. Detached sounds very strange to me.
Terrace house evokes in me the feeling of rice terraces or something with a
distinct height difference between them.

In Australia houses that share one or more walls with the next house (can
be one or both sides) are called town houses.

In Germany it's called 'Reihenhaus'.

On 23 July 2018 at 00:27, Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org> wrote:

> 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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