Quiz: Garden level or dungeon?
When deciding whether to buy or rent a garden-level apartment, the main concern is whether it will feel like a dungeon. Take this quiz to find out more about these small but charming spaces!
How is a "garden-level apartment" defined?
- It's any apartment facing a communal garden.
- It's a dwelling below ground level with a private entrance.
- It's an apartment between the first story and basement, with window height generally at street level.
How is a "finished basement" defined?
- It has separate entry, washroom facilities and access to heating and air conditioning.
- It's similar to any other bedroom or living space in the home.
- It just needs to have electricity and water.
How is an "unfinished basement" defined?
- It has cement floors and studded walls, with no electric or water fixtures.
- It doesn't contribute to the overall square footage measurements of the house.
- It provides storage and use for basic utilities: water heater, laundry, etc.
How is a "garden apartment" defined?
- Garden apartments are one-story dwellings around a common area.
- It's an apartment between the first story and the basement.
- It's any dwelling below ground level with separate access.
What's the usual soundproofing situation above a garden-level or basement apartment?
- Due to flooring insulation, floors below the first story generally have better soundproofing.
- The ceiling above a basement or garden-level apartment traditionally isn't well-insulated.
- The levels between the floors are insulated similarly without regard to story.
A home with 2,000 square feet of "Heated Living Area" (HLA) defines which of these?
- a house with 1,000 square feet on the main floor and another 1,000 in a finished basement
- a single-floor home of 2,000 total square feet
- both of the above
A garden-level apartment can be:
- cheaper to insure, but taxed at a higher rate due to possible income
- more expensive to insure because of its surroundings, but can carry lower taxes because of the multifamily possibilities
- equally expensive for insurance and tax purposes
In 1993, what was the average size of an American home in square feet?
- 1,875 square feet
- 3,995 square feet
- 2,125 square feet