James Latter, Saturday, 25 March 2017
Pièce (room) : Not less than 9 m² (minimum habitable surface area), Ceiling not less than 2m20
(i.e. volume of 20 m³) and accessible with entrance (or stairs) of at least 60 cms width.
The number of rooms (pièces) is stated excluding bathrooms (salle de bains), WC, and kitchen. ‘Salle de bains’ comprises a bath and washbasin and a
salle d’eau comprises a shower and a washbasin. Either can include a WC or it is separate. The kitchen can be included in or open to a living room
(sejour) in which case it is described as a ‘cuisine américaine’.
A STUDIO comprises one single room, which serves as a bedroom, kitchen and living room with a separate bathroom either including a WC or with a
separate WC. A studette is sometimes used to describe the above with minimal habitable surface (T1), e.g. student’s accommodation.
APPARTEMENTS The adopted code for describing apartments uses a letter F (function) or T (type) followed by a number which indicates the number of
pièces, again excluding kitchen and bathrooms. The letters F and T effectively have the same definition, the first being in older use and the second
having some modern subtlety. You might sometimes see T1bis, T2bis or F 3/4. These denominations indicate a sufficient space to create an extra room
or which had another room but has had a partition removed to create a more open-plan arrangement.
A GARAGE needs to be enclosed and lockable. “Place de parking” is normally a shared space (basement) and “place de parking – privative” is a
designated parking place.
- One floor only – e.g. bungalow
- Attached to another building/property. The separating wall can belong to either building or both.
- Belle époque’style with high pitched gables, balconies, some half-timbering, frequently coastal (e.g.
- Detached house
Maison à colombage
- Half-timbered house (Normandy/Gers/Pays Basque/Alsace)
- Craftsman built, non-industrial
- Residential, conformist
- Completely fenced
- Renovated / restored
- Flint construction
- Contemporary, architect’s
Orée du bois
- surrounded by woodland
Construction en bois
- Timber construction
Ossature bois (MOB)
- Timber framed
- very low energy construction
- Butler’s pantry
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