Before we get to what the rooms of the house in Dutch are, let’s begin by learning a bit about a typical Dutch house (het huis), so you know what you’re moving into!
A Quick Grammar Lesson In Dutch – ‘The’
Like the Germans and French, the Dutch have designated nouns as either feminine, masculine, or neutral. However, unlike French and German, Dutch uses the same article for ‘the’ (de) no matter if the word is masculine or feminine. If a word is neutral, the Dutch designate it with the word het.
We’ll see this in the vocabulary lists below:
Dutch Vocabulary For Rooms In A House
Here are what the main rooms in a house are called in Dutch:
This is a listing with a translation of how to say other rooms or parts of a house in Dutch:
What Does A House In The Netherlands Look Like?
Did you know that The Netherlands is Europe’s most densely populated country? It means that detached homes and mansions are very rare. If you are lucky enough to find one, it will cost you an arm and a leg to buy or rent it!
This is because living space sells at a premium. The rising cost of housing has affected how Dutch houses are built and what they look like.
For most Dutch people, a townhouse is the most popular type of housing. A rijtjeshuis is a two- to three-story home with both a front and back garden, albeit small in size.
The townhouses are typically built in a continuous block, so there will be at least three homes attached in a row. Longer blocks of multiple attached homes are called row houses.
It’s most common for a Dutch house to have three floors;
- The ground floor (De benedenverdieping)
- The first floor (De eerste verdieping)
- The attic (De zolder)
All houses will have steep and narrow stairs (trap) to save space. The first floor or ground floor is designed in an open concept where there is one large multi-purpose room that may serve as the living room (De woonkamer), bedroom (De slaapkamer), and dining room (De eetkamer) or children’s playroom (kinderkamer).
On the second floor, you’ll find the master bedroom, the main bathroom (badkamer), possibly another bedroom, and another large multi-purpose room.
Houses Have A Standard Blueprint
This means that nearly all homes within the same neighborhood and those within the same value bracket will have an identical blueprint. You always know what you’re getting with a home in The Netherlands!
Interesting Items The Dutch Don’t Have In Their Homes
There are no built-in closets. In fact, many people use one of the bedrooms as a huge walk-in closet instead!
Dutch houses don’t have an oven (de oven) because the kitchens are too small to have one. Although, some people use a countertop-sized oven instead.
A toilet is just simply a toilet (de wc)! It’s literally the smallest room ever with just a toilet in it. There’s no sink either!
What’s equally odd is that the master bathrooms may not have a toilet. Instead, they have only a sink and shower, meaning you’ll have to go downstairs to use the toilet. Also, there are no tubs! There isn’t enough space to have it.
Interesting Facts About A House In The Netherlands
What Are Homes In The Netherlands Made Of?
Since the mid-20th century, homes have been built with concrete. Traditional Dutch homes were made with wood framing. However, wood has become quite expensive, and the upkeep is more of a challenge.
What’s great about concrete is that it acts as a sound barrier meaning your home will be very quiet, and you won’t hear your neighbors even though you are attached to them.
Do Homes In The Netherlands Have Modern Amenities?
They definitely do! In fact, all appliances are ‘green’ appliances. Over 40% of the energy in The Netherlands comes from green technology such as solar panels and hydroelectric power. You can expect to find air conditioners, automatic washing machines, and central heating in your home.
Do Houses In The Netherlands Have Basements?
If you’re from Canada or the US, you’re likely used to homes having a basement. You might be surprised to learn that basements are rare elsewhere in the world. However, many houses in The Netherlands have a basement (De kelder).
Basements are mainly used for storage and sometimes as a laundry room (wasruimte).
Visiting Someone’s House: Dutch Etiquette
You must be on time if you’re invited to visit a Dutch home! The Dutch are sticklers for time, and being late is considered rude.
When you arrive, you’ll be invited to the house’s most important room – the living room (De woonkamer)! This room is where all the entertaining takes place.
How To Ask Where A Room In A House Is In Dutch
It’s actually quite simple to ask where a room is in Dutch. All you need to do is put waar is in front of the place you’re looking for.
- waar is het toilet? (Where is the toilet)
- waar is de keuken? (Where is the kitchen?)
- waar is de logeerkamer?? (Where is the guest room?)
Ready To Learn More Dutch Vocabulary?!
Now that you know the rooms of the house in Dutch, are you ready to learn more daily use vocabulary in Dutch so you can invite new friends to come to hang out in your huis?
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