American and British Houses

Essay by ichbinmUniversity, Bachelor's August 2005

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Modern American and British houses may appear similar from the outside, just as an American may appear similar to an Englishman. But we cannot judge a house by its outside. American and British houses differ significantly in the amenities they offer, their size, and in the way they are constructed.

Firstly, the modern British house typically has fewer amenities than American house. In the bedroom, the American uses walk-in closets to organize his ensemble and accommodate his shoe collection. Conversely, the Englishman uses a pine wardrobe, which moves with him from home to home. In the American bathroom, a shower is a standard feature that is quite uncommon in British house. The pressurized American shower is powerful and leaves a feeling of invigoration. In contrast the British shower has not enough power to leave a feeling of satisfaction. In the modern American kitchen, it is certain to find a dishwasher.

In the British kitchen, a dishwasher is the exception. Americans also consider most kitchen appliances to be a part of the house, whereas it is usual for the Englishman to take the stove, refrigerator or kitchen cupboards when he moves to a new house. So the modern British house lacks many amenities that Americans basically have.

Secondly, the American house is designed for comfort, whereas the British house is designed for efficiency. These contrasting design makes the difference of living space. American houses have many rooms such as mud rooms, laundry rooms, dinning rooms, formal living rooms, and family rooms. British houses converge these areas into their common rooms. The hall is the mud room. The kitchen is the laundry room and dinning area. The formal living room and family room are combined. The American bedroom can usually accommodate a king-sized bed. In comparison, a British bedroom...