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|A small outbuilding for short visits in a allotment garden|
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An "allotment house" is a small, simply built outbuilding that usually has space for some patio furniture and for storing garden equipment. It is typically found in an allotment garden (landuse=allotments), built by the gardener of a plot (allotments=plot).
In summertime, an allotment house is used for short daytime or weekend visits, distinguishing it from an allotment shed (building=shed). However, it is not inhabited permanently, distinguishing it from a dacha (building=bungalow). Often, it lacks electricity and plumbing.
In Germany, an allotment house without a building permit may have a footprint of no more than 24 square metres (260 sq ft) (Bundeskleingartengesetz).
Similar building types:
- building=cabin - A small house usually with a wood exterior.
- building=hut - A small and crude shelter.
- In German, this kind of building is informally known as a Gartenlaube, Schreberlaube, or Schrebergarten Laube. Unfortunately, there is no common English word for Schrebergarten Laube, but "allotment house" is occasionally used in British English. There is no corresponding term in American English, which additionally does not use the term "allotment". In the United States, a plot in a community garden rarely has enough space for an outbuilding larger than a toolshed.