The house, the flat and the garden: Contents




Exercises to print Pictures
Facts Videos
Interactive exercises Vocabulary

(Updated on 05/07/2016)


Vocabulary :


  • Buildings People Live In
    "Here are the principal definitions of each word with an example sentence using the target word in context."
  • Places - with QUIZZES
    "The words... are the most important words used when talking about different places and areas such as shops, towns and the countryside.
    At the end of each group of words you will find a link to a page which has further Example Sentences and Definitions concerning that word group. Another link leads to the list with a pronunciation RealPlayer file for the correct pronunciation (standard North American accent) of the words."



Pictures :


  • The world's best overwater villas - 13 pictures

    In Fiji

  • America’s Most Expensive Home Is $250 Million - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 February 2017
    "America’s most expensive home is for sale in Los Angeles, California, for $250 million.
    The new 12,000-square-meter home sits on a hill in the city’s Bel Air neighborhood.
    It has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a 25-meter swimming pool, 40-seat movie theater, spa and bowling alley."



  • The abandoned mansions of millionaires
    "While most of Shekhawati’s havelis have crumbled and remain abandoned, a small window into the world of these painted mansions is being preserved."








  • Cakeland by Scott Hove: a world made of cake - a slideshow
    "Found at Scott's retail space gallery in Oakland in California, Cakeland is a walkthrough installation containing multiple hallways and mirrored passages."




  • Thatched cottages
    "A model illustrating the different stages that are gone through to create a thatched roof."


Facts :

  • The fun, radical ways owners are saving their country homes
    "From glamping and LGBTQ events to whisky making and heavy metal festivals, meet the estate-owners-turned-entrepreneurs
    who are getting creative when it comes to turning a profit."


    800 years-old Kelburn Castle, near Fairlie, North Ayrshire, is home
    of the unique and internationally renowned Castle Graffiti Project

  • Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing - with pictures - 29 October 2016
    "Architects from Amsterdam to Lagos are building on water to try to tackle the twin urban pressures of population density and climate change."


  • Living in a Shipping Container - Text + Audio + Video - 13 September 2015
    "In some parts of the United States, housing is so costly that people are now living in shipping containers.
    But they often must keep their communities secret from local governments.
    The large metal boxes were once used to ship products across the country or overseas."


  • Why do so many Americans live in mobile homes? - 23 September 2013
    "An estimated 20 million Americans live in mobile homes, according to new Census figures. How did this become the cheap housing of choice for so many people?"




INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • Places - Buildings - with pictures
  • Places - with QUIZZES


Exercises TO PRINT :


Videos :



  • This is my home
    "On an unseasonably warm November night in Manhattan on our way to get ice cream, we stumbled upon what appeared to be a vintage shop, brightly lit display window and all. As we began to walk in, a man sitting out front warned us that we were welcome to explore, but nothing inside was for sale. Our interests piqued, we began to browse through the collections the man out front had built throughout his life.
    This is a story of a man and his home."


  • A history of British homes - Sarah Beeny
    "From the first Georgian townhouses to back-to-back Victorian terraces - and from 1960s towerblocks to sprawling modern estates
    - British homes have changed their shapes and sizes, and changed with the times, through the past 250 years.
    In a new exhibition - A Place to call Home: Where we live and why - the Royal Institute of British Architects studies the way
    housing was adapted to meet the needs of a growing population entering the modern age.
    Here, guest curator of the exhibition, property developer and television presenter Sarah Beeny, takes a journey through time."


  • Simple life Manhattan: a 90-square-foot microstudio
    "By choosing a studio that measures just 12 feet by 7 feet, Felice Cohen can afford to live in Manhattan's Upper West Side where apartments rent for an average of $3,600 per month. She pays just over $700 for her 90-square-foot microstudio."

    MORE about her.