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The type of a house. Used in combination with building=houseShow/edit corresponding data item.
Group: buildings
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon 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.