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The type of a house. Used in combination with building=house. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Buildings
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 7
Status: in use

Tagged on buildings along with building=house to be more specific about the type of house.

This is preferred by some mappers over modifying the building=* value itself.

As of December 2020, over 85% of uses of this tag are in Ireland. It is most countries it is much more common to use specific tags such as building=detached, building=semidetached_house, building=bungalow, etc.

How to map

Add an area with building=house and then add a house=* value.

For houses that share a wall, such as a semi-detached house, the building should be mapped as separate areas for each house and they should share at least 2 nodes where they connect. (Sometimes known as a "party wall")


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Common mistakes

Be careful not to mix house=terraced and house=terrace up.

house=terraced is for mapping the separate houses in a terrace, and house=terrace is for if you map the whole terrace as one building. This is discouraged however, as mapping the individual houses in a terrace is preferred.

See also

The page for building=house has a list of similar values.