people are 1 ......(luck) enough to live in houses as nice as these, but they do live in a wide range of houses that can be newly-built or up to 500 years old.
Detached & Semi-detached Houses
A lot of British people live in detached or semidetached properties. A detached house is not joined to another. A semi-detached is joined on one side to another house. They are brick houses built in 2 .......) ) (vary) styles. They are made of either red or brown brick. Some of the houses 3 .......) ) (build) in Victorian times between 1837 and 1901 were large villas. The exteriors are like works of art with steep slate roofs, stained glass panels in doors and windows, iron railings, tall chimney pots and large bay windows2. They also had basements and attics. This type of house is often found in the suburbs, on the outskirts of a town or city or in villages.
Most people who live in or near town centres live in terraced houses. Most terraced houses were built to house people who came to towns and cities to work in the factories and mills during the 4 ........(Industry) Revolution3. Rows of houses were built back-to-back and they were joined together to save space. Each row of houses is a terrace and they only have two rooms downstairs and two rooms upstairs.
Flats & Council Houses
In inner-city areas, you can often find huge tower blocks of flats most of which were built during the 1950s and 60s. Some of these have been renovated and have 5 ........(recent) become popular with wealthy young 6 .........(profession . Others are council-owned or cheap-to-rent flats that were built after the Second World War to replace houses that had been destroyed or to clear urban slums4. Also, in many cities and towns there are large council house estates.
A bungalow is a house which is only on one floor with no stairs. It may be joined to another bungalow or it might stand alone. Some of them have an extra room in the loft5. These are called dormer bungalows. They are 7) ) ............(usual) found in the suburbs or in villages. 8 .........(retire) or elderly people often live in these houses.
1 15th century,2 window that sticks out from the outside wall, 3 time of rapid manufacturing growth in the mid 18th century, 4 areas where living conditions are very bad, 5 the space between the ceiling and the roof
1) What do you know about British houses? What else would you like to know? Write three questions. Read the texts and see if you can answer your questions.