English Vocabulary Exercises for B1 – Describing houses and homes

1. Complete the types of home with a, e, i, o and u.

1   m__ns__n

2   f__rmh__s__

3   v__ll__

4   m__b__l__  h__m__

5   fl__t

6   b__ng__l__w

7   h__s__b__t

8   t__rr__c__d  h__s__

9   s__m__-d__t__ch__d  h__s__

10 th__tch__d  c__tt__g__

11 d__t__ch__d  h__s__

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1 mansion   2 farmhouse   3 villa   4 mobile home

5 flat   6 bungalow   7 houseboat   8 terraced house

9 semi-detached house   10 thatched cottage

11 detached house

2. Look at the picture and complete the labels.

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1   f________

2   e________

3   b________

4   s________

5   g________

6   b________

7   f_______ b_______

8   p________

9   c________

10 s______ d_______

11 p________

12 l________

13 p________

14 p________

15 d________

16 g________

17 h________

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1 fence   2 extension   3 balcony   4 shutters

5 gate   6 basement   7 flower bed   8 porch

9 conservatory   10 sliding doors   11 patio   12 lawn

13 path   14 pond   15 drive   16 garage   17 hedge

3. Listen to someone describing their ideal home. Complete the description with the missing words.

ideal home is in the city. It’s a 1 _____. flat, in an 2 _____, modern building in a 3 _____. It’s 4 _____. for shops, restaurants and cinemas. Inside, it isn’t at all 5 _____. In fact, it’s very 6 _____.

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1 contemporary   2 impressive   3 lively area

4 conveniently located   5 cramped   6 spacious

Transcript

ideal home is in the city. It’s a contemporary flat, in an impressive, modern building in a lively area. It’s conveniently located for shops, restaurants and cinemas. Inside, it isn’t at all cramped. In fact, it’s very spacious.

4. Write a short description of your ideal home. Include the information below. Use words from exercises 1 and 2 and phrases from exercise 3 to help you.

–  Where is it?

–  What type of home is it?

–  Rooms and other features

–  Adjectives to describe it

______________

______________

______________

______________

______________

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your own answers

Extra exercises

1. Match the definitions with the types of home below.

bungalow      flat      mansion      semi-detached house

terraced house      thatched cottage

1 a set of rooms usually on one floor, often in a tower block ______________

2 a house which shares one wall with another to form a pair of houses ______________

3 a house without stairs which is on one level ______________

4 a small, old house with a roof made of straw ______________

5 a house in a line of similar houses ______________

6 a very large house ______________

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1 flat   2 semi-detached house   3 bungalow

4 thatched cottage   5 terraced house   6 mansion

2. Complete the sentences with the words below.

attic      basement      conservatory      drive

fence      landing      patio      shutters

We often have lunch outside on the ______________ when the weather is fine.

There’s a wooden ______________ around the garden to keep people out.

They’re building a ______________ onto the outside of their house.

4 His flat doesn’t get a lot of light because it’s in the ______________

Go up the stairs to the ______________ and the bathroom is on the left.

All of old toys are up in the ______________

It’s dark in here because I haven’t opened the ______________ yet.

Our garage is full of old furniture, so we have to leave our car on the ______________

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1 patio   2 fence   3 conservatory   4 basement

5 landing   6 attic   7 shutters   8 drive

3. Replace the underlined words with the adjectives below.

charming      contemporary      cosy

cramped      dilapidated      lively

We’ve just bought a very attractive old farmhouse which we’re going to restore. ______________

The living room looked extremely warm and inviting in the firelight. ______________

I’m looking for a place in a fun and exciting part of town. ______________

Nobody has lived in the family home for years, so today it looks in very bad condition. ______________

5 Their living quarters are uncomfortably small because four of them are sharing the same room. ______________

6 She lives in a flat in a modern building which is very conveniently located. ______________

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1 charming   2 cosy   3 lively   4 dilapidated

5 cramped   6 contemporary