Property & Building Terms - French to English

2-faces - Terraced

3-faces - Semi-detached

4-faces – Detached

 

Abîmer - To deterioriate

Agrandisement - Extension

Aménager - To convert

Ancien - Old (rather than new-build)

A rénover - To renovate

A restaurer - To restore

Atelier - Workshop

 

Balcon - Balcony

Basin - Pond

Bâtiment - A building

Béton - Concrete

Bois - Wood

Boiserie - Woodwork

Bon état - Good condition

Bord de la rivière - By the river

Bureau - Office

 

Campagne - Countryside

Carie sèche - Dry rot

Carrelage - Floor tiles

Cave - Cellar

Cellier - Wine and food store

Chambre - Bedroom

Caractère - Character

Charpentier - Carpenter

Chaudière - Water heater

Chauffage - Heating

Chauffage central - Central heating

Chauffe eau - Hot water tank

Chauffage par le sol - Under-floor heating

Cheminée - Chimney

Chêne - Oak

Citerne apparante - Above-ground gas tank

Citerne enfouie - Buried gas tank

Climatisation - Air conditioning

Clôture - Fence

Compteur - Meter for water, gas, electricity...

Construire - To construct

Cour - Courtyard

Couvert - Covered

Couloir - Corridor

Crêpi - Painted stucco

Cuisine - Kitchen

Cuisine américaine - Kitchen that opens out onto the living area

Cuisine équipée - Fitted kitchen

Cuisine meublée - Fully equipped kitchen

Cumulus - Hot water tank

 

Dallage - Paving

Dalle - Flagstone

Décorée - Decorated

Dépendance - outbuilding

Délabré - Dilapidated

Devis - An estimate

Douche - Shower

 

Echelle - Ladder

Eclairage - Lighting

Ecurie - Stable

Escaliers - Stairs

Espace - Space

Etage - Storey (Premiere étage = First floor)

Evier - Kitchen sink

Exposition - Aspect

 

Fenêtre - Window

Ferronnerie - Ironwork

Fosse septique - Septic tank

Four - Oven

Foyer - Fireplace

 

Gouttière - Guttering

Grange - Barn

Gravier - Gravel

Grenier - Attic

Hameau - Hamlet

Hauteur - Height

Haie - Hedge

Humide - Damp (adjective)

Humidité - Damp (noun)

 

Isolation - Insulation

Isolé - Insulated

 

Jardin - Garden

Jardin non-attenant = garden separate from the property

 

Largeur - Width

Lavabo - Wash basin

Lave-mains - Hand basin

Lave-Linge - Washing machine

Lave-Vaisselle - Dish washer

Les tuyau - The plumbing

Logement - Accommodation

Longeur - Length

 

Maçon - Builder

Maison de campagne - Country house

Maison de maitre - Larger house

Maison de Village - Village house

Maison en pierre - stone house

Maison longère – Traditional Breton Property

Mas - Farmhouse

Mètres carrées - Metres squared

Meubles - Furniture

Mur - Wall

 

Neuf (Fem: Neuve) - Brand new

Niveau - Floors (Sur 2 niveaux - On 3 floors)

Papier peint - Wall paper

Parc - Park

Parquet - Wood floor

Peinture - Paint

Pelouse - Lawn

Pièce - Room

Pierre - Stone

Pilier - Pillar

Pin - Pine

Piscine - Swimming pool

Plafond - Ceiling

Plein pied - Single-storey

Plâtre - Plaster

Plomberie - Plumbing

Poêle à Bois - Wood burner

Poignée - Handle

Porche - Porch

Porte-vitrine - Glass door

Portail - Gate

Porte coulissante - Sliding door

Poutre - Wood beam

Poutre apparente - Exposed beam

Poutre en fer - Iron girder, RSJ

Prise - Electrical socket

Prix - Price

Puits - Well

 

Rangement - Storage space

Restauré - Restored

Rez de Chaussée - Ground floor

Robinet - Tap

Rocher - Rock

Rosace - Ceiling rose

 

Sable - Sand

Salle de bains - Bathroom

Salle Douche - Shower room

Salla à Manger - Dining room

Salon - Living room

Séjour - Living room

Servitude - Right of way

Sol - Ground

Sous-sol - Underground

Spacieux - Spacious

 

Terrain - Grounds/Land

Terrace - Terrace

Toit - Roof

Tout-à-l'égout - Mains drainage

Tuile - Roof tile

Tuyau - Pipe

 

Vestibule - Entrance hall

Vitre - Window glass

Volet - Shutter

Vue - View

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