Everyone knows what an apartment or flat is, but you know what estate agents mean when they talk about maisonettes? Love Your Postcode’s property specialists will answer this question in the next few lines.
The name maisonette originates from the French word “maison” (pronounced may-zon), which means “house” in English. A “maisonette” would be the diminutive, a small house or maisonette.
Alternatively, a maisonette can be considered as a house on stilts, above an office, a store or even above another maisonette. In this case, your maisonette would be 2-floor maisonette.
Usually, a maisonette stretches over at least two floors in a building with an internal staircase and it is often located on the top floor and in the loft area. Most maisonette apartments “only” have two floors – duplex apartments are therefore also often talked about in this context. A Maisonette might also meet the definition of condo, townhouse or duplex.
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Etymology: from French “maisonnette”, the diminutive of “maison house”, from Latin mansion, “mansio” dwelling place.
Examples of maisonette ads on the web “… are delighted to present this generous sized, 2-floor, 2-bedroom maisonette, located few streets away from …”
What is the difference between a maisonette and a house
As we said earlier, a house may be on the ground, can have different shapes and sizes, is independent, while a maisonette is usually on the top floor of a building and is much smaller. Many houses have several large rooms and several very small rooms for other various reasons. These may include a living area, a sleeping area, a bathroom, etc.
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