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affordable housing
housing available for lower or middle income households and does not cost so much that a household is unlikely to be able to meet other basic needs on a sustainable basis.
alteration
a change; modification or adjustment to a building.
annex
a building added to an existing building,attach, append, or add, especially to something larger or more important.
apartment
an apartment (in American English) or a flat (in British English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building. Such a building may be called an apartment building, apartment house (in American English), block of flats, tower block, high-rise or, occasionally mansion block (in British English), especially if it consists of many apartments for rent. In Scotland it is often called a tenement, which has a pejorative connotation elsewhere. Apartments may be owned by an owner/occupier by leasehold tenure or rented by tenants (two types of housing tenure).
architecture
architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.
brickwork
the bricks in a wall, house, or other structure in terms of their type or layout.
build
construct (something) by putting parts or material together to build a house or building.
building
A building is a man-made structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place.[1] Buildings come in a variety of shapes, sizes and functions, and have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors, from building materials available, to weather conditions, to land prices, ground conditions, specific uses and aesthetic reasons. To better understand the term building compare the list of nonbuilding structures.
bungalow
A bungalow is a type of building which is a residential building, normally detached, which is either single-story or has a second story built into a sloping roof, usually with dormer windows (one-and-a-half stories). Full vertical walls are therefore only seen on one story, at least on the front and rear elevations. Usually the buildings are relatively small, especially from recent decades; although, early examples may be large, in which case the term bungalow tends not to be used today.
construction
Building construction is the process of preparing for and forming buildings[1] and building systems.[2] Construction starts with planning, design, and financing and continues until the structure is ready for occupancy.
deconstruction
to pull apart, dismantle a a building/dwelling brick by brick.
demolition
demolition is the tearing-down of buildings and other structures. Demolition contrasts with deconstruction, which involves taking a building apart while carefully preserving valuable elements for re-use.
development
the process of developing or being developed.
dwelling
a dwelling (also residence, abode) is an important legal concept which defines a self-contained unit of accommodation used by one or more households as a home, such as a house, apartment, mobile home, houseboat or other 'substantial' structure. A dwelling typically includes nearby outbuildings, sheds etc. within the curtilage of the property, excluding any 'open fields beyond'. It has significance in relation to search and seizure, conveyancing of real property, burglary, trespass, and land use planning.
electrical
to fit and instal wires and cables to support electricity in a building
engineering
engineering (from Latin ingenium, meaning "cleverness" and ingeniare, meaning "to contrive, devise") is the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes.
environmentaly friendly
environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are marketing claims referring to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm at all, upon ecosystems or the environment.[1] Companies use these ambiguous terms to promote goods and services, sometimes with additional, more specific certifications, such as eco-labels. Their general use as euphemisms can be referred to as greenwashing.
extension
to build onto an existing building with a new structure or extension.
fabrication
a manufacturing process in which an item is made (fabricated) from raw or semi-finished materials instead of being assembled from ready-made components or parts.
foundation
the basis on which a building stands, is founded, or is supported.
groundwork
preliminary work for the foundation or basis for a building.
house
A house is a building that functions as a home for humans or other creatures.
improvement
an act of improving or the state of being improved. a change or addition by which a thing is improved. a person or thing that represents an advance on another in excellence or achievement: a bringing into a more valuable or desirable condition, as of land or real property; betterment. something done or added to real property that increases its value.
landscaping
improve the aesthetic appearance of (an area) by changing its contours, adding ornamental features, or planting trees and shrubs.
maintenance
the upkeep of a property or a building.
masonry
masonry is the building of structures from individual units laid in and bound together by mortar; the term masonry can also refer to the units themselves. the common materials of masonry construction are brick, stone, marble, granite, travertine, limestone, cast stone, concrete block, glass block, stucco, tile, and cob. Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can significantly affect the durability of the overall masonry construction.
mortar
a plastic building material (as a mixture of cement, lime, or gypsum plaster with sand and water) that hardens and is used in masonry or plastering.
planning
the control of urban development by a local government authority, from which a licence must be obtained to build a new property or change an existing one.
plaster
to cover (a wall, ceiling, or other structure) with plaster.
plumbing
the system of pipes, tanks, fittings, and other apparatus required for the water supply, heating, and sanitation in a building.
residence
a residence is an establishment where it was originally or currently being used by a host as their main place of dwelling or home.
soffit
the underside of an arch or architrave (whether supported by piers or columns),the underside of a flight of stairs, under the classical entablature,the underside of a projecting cornice, or side of chimney.
structure
a building or other object constructed from several parts, usually building materials.
workmanship
the degree of skill with which a product is made or a job done.

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