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Words that describe buildings or rooms and parts of buildings

appointed

adjective

a building or room that is beautifully appointed, well appointed etc has everything you need and is decorated very well

baronial

adjective

a baronial building or room is large, impressive, and built or decorated in an old-fashioned style

beachfront

adjective

a beachfront building faces a beach or is very close to a beach

brick-built

adjective

made out of bricks

brownstone

noun

a building made of red-brown stone, especially one built in the US in the past

burnt-out

adjective

a burnt-out building or vehicle has had everything inside it destroyed by fire

carbuncle

noun

a building that is extremely unpleasant to look at

carpeted

adjective

a carpeted room or area has carpet on the floor

cavernous

adjective

a cavernous room or building is very large and dark

colonial

adjective

colonial buildings and furniture are made in a style that was common in North America in the 18th century

comfortable

adjective

a comfortable room or building is pleasant to spend time in, for example because it has nice furniture or is not too hot or too cold

condemned

adjective

a condemned building is in very bad condition and is going to be destroyed

Corinthian

adjective

relating to a style of architecture that uses tall thin columns with decoration at the top

covered

adjective

provided with a roof

curtained-off

adjective

separated from the rest of a room or area by a curtain

dank

adjective

a dank room or building is unpleasant because it is cold and has walls and floors that are slightly wet

darkened

adjective

a darkened room or building is dark because there are no lights on inside

derelict

adjective

something such as a building or piece of land that is derelict is empty, not used, and in a bad condition

detached

adjective

a detached house is not joined to another house

dilapidated

adjective

a dilapidated building, vehicle, or system is old and in bad condition

Doric

adjective

built in a plain ancient Greek building style

en suite

adjective

an en suite bedroom has a bathroom joined to it

firetrap

noun

a building that would burn easily or would be difficult to get out of if there was a fire

furnished

adjective

a furnished house, flat, or room is one that you rent with furniture already in it

furnished

adjective

with a particular type or amount of furniture

gabled

adjective

a gabled building has one or more gables

half-timbered

adjective

a half-timbered building has been built so that its wooden structure can be seen on the outside walls

handsome

adjective

a handsome building or place is large, attractive, and impressive

high-rise

adjective

a high-rise building is very tall with many floors or levels

Ionic

adjective

made in the style of buildings in ancient Greece, with tall stone posts that have round bases

labyrinthine

adjective

like a labyrinth

lofty

adjective

a lofty building or structure is very tall

long-stay

adjective

designed so that you can park your car there for a long time

low-rise

adjective

a low-rise building has only a few levels. A high-rise building has many levels.

moated

adjective

surrounded by a moat

modest

adjective

a modest building is not large or expensive

modular

adjective

modular buildings, furniture, or other structures are made in separate sections

non-residential

adjective

non-residential buildings are ones that people do not live in

open-plan

adjective

an open-plan office, house, flat etc has few walls and a lot of open space

palatial

adjective

a palatial building is very large with impressive decorations

Perpendicular

adjective

built in the style of 14th to 16th century English churches, using tall narrow designs and straight upright lines

prefab

adjective

prefabricated

prefabricated

adjective

a prefabricated building is built in sections that can be moved and put together quickly

rabbit warren

noun

a part of a building or town where it is easy to get lost because there are a lot of narrow passages or streets

rambling

adjective

a rambling house has a lot of different parts and covers a large area

redbrick

adjective

made of red-coloured bricks

Romanesque

adjective

belonging to a style of building that was common in Western Europe from about 900 to 1200 ad. Romanesque buildings have round arches, curved ceilings, thick walls, and large pillars.

rooftop

noun

used about something that is built on a roof

ruined

adjective

a ruined building is old and has many parts that have been destroyed over time

secure

adjective

a secure area or building is guarded so that only specific people can enter or leave it

self-contained

adjective

a self-contained flat has its own bathroom and kitchen, so that you do not need to share any rooms with people who live in other flats

semi-detached

adjective

a semi-detached house is joined to another house by one wall that they share

service

adjective

used by the staff of a building or organization, and not by customers or the public

shuttered

adjective

decorated or closed with shutters

snug

adjective

used about a room or a building that is small, warm, and comfortable

spacious

adjective

a spacious room, building etc has a lot of space inside it

split-level

adjective

used for describing a room or house that has parts on different levels beside each other, not above each other

sprawl

verb

used about buildings that fill an area in an ugly way that has not been carefully planned

sprawling

adjective

built over a wide area in a way that is ugly or not carefully planned

stark

adjective

used for describing a building or scene that is very clear and plain to look at, often in a slightly unpleasant or frightening way

timbered

adjective

a timbered building has outside walls made completely or partly of wood

tumbledown

adjective

a tumbledown building is old and in bad condition

unfurnished

adjective

without any furniture

unoccupied

adjective

an unoccupied room, building, or seat is not being used by anyone

vaulted

adjective

with curved structures supporting or forming the roof of a building

warm

adjective

warm clothes and buildings keep heat in and prevent you from feeling cold

well-appointed

adjective

a well-appointed room or house has attractive or expensive decoration and furniture

lean-to

adjective

spaciously

adverb

stuccoed

adjective

not enough room to swing a cat

used for saying that a room is very small and there is not enough space to live comfortably in it

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