[Tagging] building = house vs detached.

Mike H 1jgon6 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 20:48:08 UTC 2018


I went and updated the wiki a little bit. I added details to the
building=house <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Dhouse> and
building=detached
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Ddetached> pages. I also
made a page for the building=semidetached_house
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Dsemidetached_house>,
when writing that page I found that the building=semi
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Dsemi> tag already had a
page, and even talks about the semidatached_house tag, which has about
three times as many uses. I think everyone in this thread might be
interested in looking over the changes I made, and maybe even adding to
them as the pages are still pretty sparse on detail.

Jgon6

On Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 2:39 PM Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote:

>
>
> 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
> >(can
> >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
> >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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