Tag:building=semi

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Public-images-osm logo.svg building = semi
SeacroftSemis.jpg
Description
A semi-detached house.
Group: Buildings
Used on these elements
use on nodes unspecifiedshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Wikidata
Status: in use

[W] Semi-detached houses are the commonest type of house in the United Kingdom, but are also found throughout the world. They consist of a pair of houses sharing a common wall (the party wall) and are usually have an identical layout which is a mirror of the other half. Semis can vary in size from small houses built for social housing (2 bedroom, 1 living room) to vast Victorian villas with 6 or more bedrooms spread over 3 or more floors.

In Britain semis usually have 2 floors, but semi-detached bungalows are common in some areas. It is not clear whether the semi tag or building=bungalow should be preferred in this case: indeed, perhaps building=bungalow_semi may be a suitable alternative.

Examples

Mendips, Liverpool

Synonymy

There are a number of synonyms for this tag (see listing below). The only one with widespread usage is building=semidetached_house which has more than twice the number of tagged elements compared with building=semi, and is spread a bit more over the world. See the taginfo map:


building=semi has been in use longer (see below), and probably accords better with standard usage in Britain, but it may be non-obvious to mappers from outside English-speaking areas where the term is commonly used.

Tag usage history

Historical usage of semi & its synonyms

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