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Inside a Typical English House

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Most English people live in towns and cities. More families own their homes than rent them.

Inside an English house

Erik's house

Hi, my name is Erik. I live in a small town in the south east of England.

I live in a detached house. This means that my house is not joined to another house. My house is made of bricks and tiles.

In my house there are three rooms downstairs and three rooms upstairs. We have central heating which keeps our house warm. Some houses have an open fire place but we don't.

(Over 90 per cent of homes have central heating.)

Rooms Downstairs


kitchenIf you come in to my house through the back door, you will find yourself in the kitchen. There is a carpet on the floor.

In my kitchen there is:

  • The fridge (refrigerator )
    This is the place where mum keeps things cool. There is also a freezer under the fridge where mum freezes things.
  • Dads computer
    Not everyone in England has a computer in their kitchen but my dad has.
  • Cupboards
    We have cupboards for food and for plates etc.
  • The Cooker
    We have an electric cooker. It has four rings on top and a grill and oven underneath.
  • Microwave
    Very quick and easy to use.
  • Washing Machine
    Mum washes our clothes here and hangs them out in our garden to dry.
  • Sink
    I help my mum wash up the plates in the sink. We wash the dishes in washing up bowl in the sink. We take the bowl out when we wash our hands.
  • Dishwasher
    We put our plates, cups and cutlery in here to wash them.

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Living Room

Some people call this room the lounge. It is where the television is and the comfy chairs. We have a carpet on the floor to keep our feet warm.

In my living room there is:

  • A table with chairs
    The place where we eat our meals.
  • Settee
    In America I think they call this a sofa. It is a comfy 2 seater chair.
  • Two comfy chairs.
  • Television, DVD Player and Video Recorder
    We also have satellite TV.
  • Cupboards
  • Bookcase

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Most houses have a bathroom upstairs but ours is downstairs.

In my bathroom there is:

  • A toilet
  • A bath
    We fill the bath up with water and then climb into it to wash ourselves.
  • sinkA sink with two taps (one for hot water and one for cold) I clean my teeth at the sink and also wash my hands and face.
  • A shower
    I like having a shower rather than a bath.
  • Laundry basket
    This is where I put my dirty clothes for washing.

Rooms Upstairs

The three rooms upstairs are all bedrooms. They all have carpets on the floor and are kept warm by radiators in the room.


bedroom In my bedroom I have:

  • My own computer
  • Wardrobe - to hang my clothes in
  • Cupboards with drawers for my other clothes
  • Cupboards for all my toys.
  • Bookcase for my books.
  • My bed.
    My bed is high up as I have my desk underneath it and my computer.
  • Telly.
    I have my own television

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Outside my House

We have a back garden and a front garden. In the back garden there is a swing and a lawn (an area of grass) for me to play football on and to ride my bike. Mum likes to grow vegetables in the garden and plant flowers. At the bottom of my garden is a river.In the front garden is a small lawn surrounded by loads of flowers and plants.

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Interesting Facts

Over 90 in every 100 households own a television, telephone, deep freezer/fridge freezer and a washing machine.

Over a third of households have a computer.

Seven in ten households own a car or van.

Written by Erik

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Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
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