What defines a house ?


Last weekend, my sisters and I sat in traffic on the way to kennywood Park, my sisters made a couple a comments about the housing stock.

These separate houses
(google maps link) were the closest to each other that I have ever seen. For some houses their gutters and eaves were hanging over the adjacent house. One of them said: ‘Who would want to live in places so close together ?! You could hear the person while they’re in the bathroom !’

Trying not to sound snide, I replied that one them lives in an apartment building whose units shared walls with each other. She replied back, ‘it’s a house, not an apartment building,’ and noted how the house does not have any yards or space in between the houses, nor does it have a front yard.

Regardless of her point that living in a very dense area has its disadvantages [including hearing your neighbors, and I will agree to that], for them, a house must have some space away from its closest neighbor. One of them lives in a house that is separated about 15-20 feet [A driveway and a small strip of grass] from its closest neighbor.

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