There are 22 million homes in
Britain — big homes and small homes, old cottages and new buildings, houses and
flats. (Americans say "apartment" but British people say
"flat"). Many British people love old houses and these are often more
expensive than modern ones. They also love gardening and you will see gardens
everywhere you go: in towns, villages and out in the country.
Some are very small with just
one tree and a few flowers. Others are enormous with plenty of flowers and
enough vegetables and fruit trees. Two third of the families in Britain own
Millions of these houses are
the same with two or three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, dining-room and
kitchen downstairs. To pay for their house, home owners borrow money from a
"building society" and pay back a little every month.
There are a great many
different kinds of homes in Britain, but there are not enough! It is often very
difficult for young people to find a home when they want to start a family.
British homes are usually smaller than American homes. But like Americans old
people, young families and unmarried people do not usually live together.