[Tagging] building = house vs detached.

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Thu Jul 26 18:38:43 UTC 2018

On 26 July 2018 19:47:11 CEST, Sebastian <sebastian.spiess at gmail.com> wrote:
>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.
Terrace is a very common term and housing style in the UK, well England and Wales. It is usually used to refer to terraced houses built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 
>In Australia houses that share one or more walls with the next house
>be one or both sides) are called town houses.
Interestingly this is the estate agent term used to describe modern terraced houses.

Phil (trigpoint) 

>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
>> owning a 'detached' (not attached to a terrace) or 'semi-detached'
>> houses sharing a wall) building. The detached/semi-detached also
>> 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
>>> 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
>>> building=house tag. Taginfo shows 1.2 million uses of detached, and
>>> million uses of building=house, so they are both used quite a bit,
>>> house is used a lot more.
>>> Can anyone elaborate on these tags, or have ideas on how they could
>>> better written about?
>>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Dhouse
>>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Ddetached
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