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Glossary for French housing building terms

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Abbaye = Abbey
Abri de jarden = Small shed for garden tools
Adoucisseur d’eau = Water sprinkler
ADSL = Broadband
Aérien = Outside parking
Agencement = Organisation
Agrément = Charm
Alimenter = To supply
Appenti = Small shed
Arboreé = Woodland
Ardoise = Slate
L’Arrière = The back
Arrière cuisine = Pantry
Arrosage = Sprinkler
Artisant = Craftworker
Assainissement = Drainage
Aspiration centralisée = Air conditioning
Atelier = Workshop
Attenant = Adjacent

Bac à sable = Sandpit
Baie vitrée = Plate glass window
Baignades = swimming
Ballon d’eau chaud = Hot-water tank
Balnéo = Jacuzzi
Bar = Bar
Batisse = Building
BE = Bon état = Good condition
Belle hauteur sous plafond = High ceilings
Bergerie = Sheepfold
Borie = Stone arch
Box = Garage
Bourg = Market town / village
Branchement = Connection
Bricolage = DIY, workshop
Buanderie = Linen room
Bûcher extérieur = Woodpile / stake
Buret = Outbuilding

Cabine = Shower
Canalisation = Piping
Canapé-lit = Sofa-bed
Carrelage = Tiled floor
Casier à skis = Ski rack
Cave = Cellar
Cave voutée = Vaulted cellar
Citerne de récuperation des eaux de pluie = Rainwater tank
Cellier = Storage room
Centenaire = One hundred years old
Centre équestre = Riding school
Centre Station = Main ski resort
Chai = Wine cellar
Chambre d’amis = Spare room
Chambre d’hôte = B&B
Champ = Field
Champêtre = Rural / country/ village
Charpente = Frame
Charreterie = Horse carriage
Chasse = Hunting
Chaudière = Boiler
Chauffage central au fuel = Oil central heating
Chauffage au sol = Underfloor heating
Chaufferie = Boiler room
Chaume = Thatch
Chaumière = Thatched cottage
Cheminée = Fireplace
Cheminée insert = Fireplace
Chêne = Oak
Chenil = Kennel
Chien-assis = Dormer window
Climatisation = Air conditioning
Cloison = Partition
Clos / Cloturé = fenced-off / walled-off
Cloture = Outer wall
Coin bureau = Corner study
Coin nuit = Coin nuit (corner with night light)
Combles = Attic
Compteur = Meter
Copropriété = Joint ownership (jointly owned building)
Coquette = Charming, nice
Couloir = Corridoor
Couchage = Mattress / Bedding
Cour = Courtyard
Courette = Small courtyard
Couteau = Hill
Couverture = Roof
Crepie = Roughcast
CU = Permis de construire = Permit to build
Cuisine amenagée et équipée = Fully fitted kitchen
Cuisinière = Stove
Cuve = Water tank

D

Dallé = Paved
Dalle de béton = Concrete slab
‘Dans son jus’ = Untouched, full of charm
Débarras = Storage room
Degagé = Clear, open (view)
Dégagement = Storage room
Denivélé = Difference in height
Dependance = Outbuilding
Détente = Relaxation
Dressing = Dressing room

Eau de source = Spring (water)
Ecurie = Stable
Elément = Unit
Emplacement = Space
Encastré = Built-in
Enduit = Coating
En état de marche = In perfect working order
Enfilade = Row of, in a row
Ensoleillement = Sunshine
Estrade = Platform
Entrepôt = Warehouse
Etable = Shed
Etang = Pond
Eternit = Material used for roofs, not needed for description
Evier = Sink

F2 = 1 bedroom
Façade = Face / front of the house
FAI = Frais d’agence inclus = Agency fees included
Ferme = Farmhouse (large)
Fermette = Farmhouse (small)
Fosse septique = Septic tank
Four = Oven
Fournil = Bakery
Friteuse = Electric fryer
Fuel / Fioul = Oil

Garagiste = Car mechanic
Gite = Gite
Goudronnée = With tar
Grange = Barn
Grangette = Small barn / shed
Granit = Granite
Gravillonée = Gravelled
Grenier = Attic / loft
Grillage = Wire fencing

Ha = Hectare (1ha/hectare = 10000m2)
Haie = Hedge
Hameau = Hamlet
Hangar = Shed / Warehouse
Haut standing = Impressive
Hotte = Extractor hood
Huisseries = Door frames

Imprenable = Unrestricted (view)
Indépendante = Detached
Isolation / Isolé = Insulated / isolated

Jardin d’agréement = Woodland garden

Lac = Lake
Lain de verre = Glass wool
Laiterie = Dairy
Lambris = Panelling
Lavabo = Washbasin
Laverie = Laundry room
Laverie automatique = Coin laundry
Licence IV = License to sell beer & spirits
Lingerie = Linen room
Local = Premises
Localisation = Location
Logement = Appartment
Longère = Longere
Loggia = Small balcony / terrace / summer house/ gite
Lotissement = Housing estate / plot
Lumineuse = Luminous

Maison de ville = Townhouse
Maison de maître = Mansion
Maison mitoyenne = Semi-detached house
Maison 4 faces = Detached house
Manoir = Manor house
Mansardé = Sloping (ceiling)
Marais = Marshland
Mas = House in Provence
Masse = Massive, Large
Meublé = Furnished
Meubles de rangements = Storage cupboards
Meulière = Millstone
Mobil-home = Campervan
Moquette = Carpet
Mur Faïence = Ceramic tiled wall

Néant = None
Noyers = Walnut trees

O

Oliviers = Olive trees

PP = Plain Pieds = Single storey house
Pallier = Landing
Parc naturel = Nature reserve
Parpaing = Breeze-block
Parquet flottant = Wooden floor
Patrimoine culturel / naturel = Cultural / natural heritage
Pelouse = Lawn
Pêche = Fishing
Penderie = Wardrobe
Pièce = Room
Pièce d’appoint = Spare room
Pièce à vivre = Living room
Pièce rangement = Storage room
A Pied de = Within walking distance
Au Pied de = At the foot of
Pigeonnier = Pigeon loft
Piscinable = Potential for swimming pool
Pistes = Ski slopes
Placard = Cupboard
Placard Penderie = Wardrobe with hanging space only
Plafond = Ceiling / roof
Plafond lambrissé = Pannelled ceiling
Plancher = Wooden floor
Plan d’eau = Lake
Poêle = Pan / Stove
Poêle à bois = Wood-burning stove
Pompe en fer = Iron pump
Pondérés = Weight, level
Portail electrique = Electric gateway
Potager = Vegetable patch
Poteau éléctrique = Electricity pole
Porche = Porch
Porcherie = Pigsty (don’t add to description!)
Poulailler = Henhouse
Poutre = Exposed beams
Prairie = Meadow
Préau = Covered playground
Prestations de qualité = Conditions, quality of property
Pressoir = Wine press
Puisard = Cesspool / sink
Puits = Well

Rabattable = Folding
Raccordement = Connection
Radiateur = Radiator
Rafraichir = Redecorate, minor work
Rambarde = Guardrail
Ramassage scolaire = School bus service
Randonnées = Nature walks / hikes
Rangements = Storage space
Renovation à prévoir = Needs renovation / redecoration
Renover = Renovate
Réserve = Storeroom
Restaurée = Renovated
Robinet = Tap (hot/cold)
Ruelle = Alleyway
Rustique = Rustic style

Salle à manger = Dining room
Salle d’eau = Bathroom (shower)
Salle de bain = Bathroom (bath)
Salon = Lounge
Sechoir = Tumble dryer / clothes-horse
Secteur Minervois = Minervois area
Secteur recherché = Popular area
Securisé = Secure, safe
Séjour = Living room
Serre = Greenhouse
Sise = Situated
Site protégé = Protected site (no building really allowed)
Sol carrelage = Tiled floor
Souillarde = Outbuilding
Sous sol = Basement
Sous tôles = Steel roof
Spots extérieurs = Outside spotlights
Station du ski = Ski resort
Studio = Studio (flat)
Supprimé = Taken away

Tapissé = Wallpaper
Taxe foncière = Council tax
Taxe d’habitation = Housing tax
Télécabine = Cable car
Terrain = Land
Terrasse = Terrace
Terre = Clay
Toiture = Roof
Tôle = Sheet metal (étamée = tinplate, ondulée = corrugated iron)
Tourelle = Small tower
Tout à l’égout = Mains drainage
Tuile = Tile

Vasque = Basin
Velux = Velux window
Verdoyant = Very green
Verger = Orchard
Vestiaire = Cloakroom
Vestibule = Lobby
Vigne = vines
Vigneron = Wine grower
Voie = Route
Volets = Shutters
Volumes –beaux = High ceilings
Volumineuse = voluminous
Voutée = Vaulted

 

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