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Last edited 23 Sep 2020
In most of the UK, maisonettes have their own separate entrance, distinguishing them from flats, which are reached through a common entrance. They are often found above shops, with an entrance to the side of the shopfront. Historically, maisonettes have been considered more desirable than flats. In Scotland, a maisonette is a two storey house within a block of flats and reached through a common entrance.
Maisonettes are sometimes now referred to as 'duplexes', a term that has become increasingly popular due to its perceived Americanism. Generally, ‘maisonette’ is still used to describe more traditional apartments, whereas ‘duplex’ is applied to apartments with a more modern design.
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