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House Vocabulary

House Vocabulary

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Text and worksheet with pictures about houses, homes and vocabulary related to it. Also an exercise on what is related and what kind of house.
Text and worksheet with pictures about houses, homes and vocabulary related to it. Also an exercise on what is related and what kind of house.

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House and home
 Vocabulary 
English
 
English materials by Veronica Gilhooly
© Learnwell Oy 2008www.thelanguagemenu.com VocabularyPage 1
Unless you live in a
block of flats
or a
bungalow 
, Britishhouses normally have two or three floors or stories. On the
ground floor
you're likely to find the living room, kitchenand dining room, while on the
first floor
you'll probably findbedrooms and a bathroom.On the
second
or
top floor
is the attic, or loft. On the
roof 
 of many houses you can still see a
chimney
and
chimney pot
- even if the house now benefits from
central heating
. The floors of a house are connected by 
stairs
, with a
landing
on the upper floor which leads to the upstairsrooms.Most British houses are made of 
brick 
and
cement
. In a row of 
terrace houses
, the interconnecting 
 walls
are
cavity walls
: they have a space between them to allow air to circulate. On the interiors, the walls are covered in
 plaster
, and then either painted or decorated with
 wallpaper
. The internal walls of a house fall into two categories:
load-bearing walls
and
 partition walls
. Floors and roofs aresupported by strong beams, which are long, heavy pieces of wood or metal.Floors can be covered in a variety of materials, such as
wood,
 
 parquet, marble, laminate
flooring or
ceramic-
or
vinyl tiles
. In living rooms and bedrooms, the floors generally covered with carpets. This is a _______________ This is a _______________ Houses are normally connected to local
utilities
, such as
mains
water, electricity, district heating andgas supply. It is also possible in Finland to have a broadband Internet connection as a part of theutilities in newly built homes. In the countryside, not everyone is connected to mains gas, and somehouses have
gas tanks
in their gardens. The vast majority of people are connected to the local
sewagesystem
, but some people have their own
septic tanks
in their gardens to treat waste water. Housesthat are connected to utilities have separate
meters
to show how much they consume. Representativesof these utility companies visit houses regularly to
take meter readings
- with which they can then billtheir customers. This is a _______________ This is a _______________  This is a _______________ This is an _______________ 
 
House and home
 Vocabulary 
English
 
English materials by Veronica Gilhooly
© Learnwell Oy 2008www.thelanguagemenu.com VocabularyPage 2
Some electrical jobs, such as
 wiring
or
rewiring
should only be done by professional electricians,although you can still
change a plug
, or change a
socket
. For safety reasons, the wiring in the house ison more than one
circuit
: lighting usually is on one circuit, and the sockets are on another circuit.Some
 plumbing
jobs should also be done by professional plumbers. For example, although you canchange
taps
, you should get a professional to install a
gas boiler
.Some building work can be done without supervision. Many people enjoy doing DIY, such as
 puttingup shelves
,
fitting
cupboards and doors,
assembling
furniture and so on. However, for the big jobs,such as
loft conversions
and building 
extensions
, you need to first apply for and obtain
 planning
and
building permission
from the local authorities then employ a firm of builders.Mark the a) window sill b) pane c) muntin d) window frameIn Britain, damp winter weather causes many problems to houses. For example, some houses can sufferfrom
damp, mould
or
dry rot
, caused by water seeping into walls and
timber
. For this reason, houseshave
gutters
and some may need regular
damp proof treatment
. Window 
sills
and window 
frames
 should be made waterproof and most people have central heating via
radiators
to keep the air inside warm and dry. Special
thermostats
set on the wall help to regulate the temperature in the room. Inaddition, most people have
insulation
in the loft to keep warm air in, and cold air out. _______________________ ____________________  _______________________ ___________________
 
House and home
 Vocabulary 
English
 
English materials by Veronica Gilhooly
© Learnwell Oy 2008www.thelanguagemenu.com VocabularyPage 3
 What are the different types of houses called?
 ______________________ ______________________  ______________________ ______________________  ______________________ ______________________  ______________________ ______________________  ______________________ ______________________ 
 What do the following words mean?
residential area ________________________________________________________rural area _________________________________________________________ urban area _________________________________________________________ in the outskirts of… _________________________________________________________ in the suburbs… _________________________________________________________ 
 Translate the following words related to houses: patio _____________________ roof _____________________ driveway _____________________ ceiling _____________________ bay window _____________________ threshold _____________________ lawn _____________________ rail _____________________ 

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