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Last edited 04 Sep 2018
Types of dwelling
A dwelling is a unit of residential accommodation occupied by a single person or by people living together as a family or by not more than six residents living together as a single household, including a household where care is provided for residents.
According to the English Housing Survey Housing Stock Report, 2014-15, prepared by the Department of Communities and Local Government, dwellings are classified into the following categories:
 Small terraced house
A house with a total floor area of less than 70 sq. m forming part of a block where at least one house is attached to two or more other houses. The total floor area is measured using the original EHS definition of usable floor area, used in EHS reports up to and including the 2012 reports.
That definition tends to yield a smaller floor area compared with the definition that is aligned with the Nationally Described Space Standard and used on the EHS since 2013. As a result of the difference between the two definitions, some small terraced houses are reported in the 2014 Housing Stock Report as having more than 70 sq. m.
 Medium/large terraced house
A house with a total floor area of 70 sq. m or more forming part of a block where at least one house is attached to two or more other houses. The total floor area is measured using the original EHS definition of useable floor area which tends to yield a small floor area compared with the definition used on the EHS since 2013.
 End terraced house
 Mid terraced house
A house that is attached to just one other in a block of two.
Cluster accommodation refers to private rooms or apartments, with shared facilities, such as kitchens (for example, student accommodation) sometimes provided for people with special needs, with support services and a core of high-dependency accommodation.
A flat in a purpose built block of at least six storeys high.
A dwelling is shared if:
- The household spaces it contains are ‘part of a converted or shared house’, or
- Not all of the rooms (including kitchen, bathroom and toilet, if any) are behind a door that only that household can use, and
- There is at least one other such household space at the same address with which it can be combined to form the shared dwelling.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Core and cluster accommodation.
- English housing stock age.
- Flat definition.
- Identifying non-traditional houses in the UK 1918-75.
- Residential definition.
- Room for residential purposes.
- Sheltered housing definition.
- Student bedsits and separate dwellings.
- Studio flat.
- Types of building.
- Types of household.
- Use class.
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