rmw2007 (rmw2007) wrote in little_details,
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What is the name of the sunken area in front of a Victorian terraced house

Location: UK

Setting: A large Victorian terrace house, now converted to flats, with a flight of steps up to the main front door. Under the steps is a separate front door to the basement flat. That door is lower than ground level.

What I am asking is, what is the term for the area outside the basement flat. I have always called it the 'area', but my beta was unfamiliar with that term, so I wondered if it is regional and there is a more commonly accepted alternative.

In my searches I have seen it called a front garden and a veranda, but those are not right.

I have taken some photos from around where I live:

IMG_1699
IMG_1696
IMG_1695
IMG_1694

The last one is closest to what I have in mind.

I have googled terms such as, 'Victorian Terrace Front Space', 'Victorian house sunken area' (and many variations on that), 'Victorian basement flat floor/ground plans' (and clicked on any image that looked promising), 'Architecture terminology' (with various additions) and 'Victorian architecture terms'.
I used the sentence that is the title to this post and I have looked through RIBA and other architecture sites.
I have searched estate agents' sites looking at basement flats, but like the floor plans, they all concentrate on the interior.

Any suggestions that I could google further would be welcome.
Thank you.
Tags: uk: history: victorian era, ~architecture
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