17 House Details in the US That Puzzle Foreigners
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17 House Details in the US That Puzzle Foreigners

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave…
and apparently huge freezing-cold houses with weird sockets? Wait, what’s so strange about
American homes? Well, any time I invite my non-American friends over to my house, they’re
happy to point out how bizarre it is! For example… 1. Big houses
First of all, not all Americans have huge houses. Plenty of people rent small apartments,
and houses come in all different sizes. But, yeah, I’ll agree that the typical American
home is pretty big and spacious compared to other countries. Where the average square
footage for European houses is about 1,500 (140 sq m), it’s 2,700 (250 sq m) in the
US. I guess the numbers don’t lie! 2. A room for everything!
To fill our giant houses, we’ve got a room for pretty much anything you can imagine.
If you can count closets as tiny rooms (and they kinda are when you think about it), every
American home has multiples of those. There are closets for clothes in each bedroom, usually
one near the front door for coats and shoes, one in the bathroom or hallway for towels,
one in the kitchen in the form of a pantry – yep, we love storage space that’s built
into the house! Those big wardrobes you might get from IKEA aren’t really a thing here. 3. Huge personal washers AND dryers
Speaking of rooms, there’s also usually one just for doing laundry. Also, most Americans
have both a washer AND a separate dryer, and they tend to be big too! My European friends
tell me that their washer is in the kitchen or bathroom, and they hang their clothes to
dry. But, again, I’m sure it comes down to the issue of space. Still, even if a person
in the US doesn’t have their own, they just go down to the laundromat to use the machines
there. You won’t see many Americans hand-washing their clothes or hanging them to dry. I mean,
who has time for that?? 4. Basements
And here’s yet another way to have plenty of storage space. Or, of course, if you’re
in the Midwest, basements serve as a shelter when a tornado hits. But besides storage and
tornado safety, a lot of American homes have gorgeous finished basements that serve as
another living space. It might be in the form of a guest room or a recreational area to
hang out in. 5. The abandoned dining room
And there are some rooms that we don’t even use at all! Ok, maybe this just applies to
my family, but we NEVER use the dining room! It’s there, we have a beautiful dining table,
but we always just take our dinner to the living room and watch TV while we eat. Hey,
dinner and a movie! 6. Serious about fire safety
More specifically, I’m talking about having multiple smoke alarms throughout the house.
I personally have one in the kitchen, another in the hallway, and one in each bedroom. That’s
what The National Fire Protection Association recommends, and I’m probably not alone in
following their guidelines to a tee! Fire safety is taken so seriously in the States
that landlords can get in big trouble if they don’t immediately fix a non-working smoke
alarm for their tenants. And perhaps it’s for fire safety or just a convenience thing,
but I’ve always had an electric stove in any house I’ve lived in. Gas stoves aren’t
as popular as they are elsewhere in the world. 7. Wall-to-wall carpeting
This point will often depend on how old a house is because a lot of the old ones have
wooden floors. But most homes, especially the newer ones, have wall-to-wall carpeting
in every room. Well, not the kitchen or bathroom, of course, but elsewhere, it’s carpeted!
Is this really just an American thing? If you’re from another country, you’ll have
to let me know down below! 8. How low can you go?
Now, my European friends find my toilet quite fascinating and mildly confusing. I guess
toilets in the US sit lower than the ones in Europe do. It’s not because we’re necessarily
shorter or that it’s more comfortable for us. Low-sitting toilets actually serve a purpose
– being closer to the ground is a healthier and more natural way to, ya know, do your
numbers. Before we even had commodes, our cavemen ancestors squatted on the ground.
So, just trying to keep it au-naturel over here! And, well, civilized too, of course! 9. Toilet bowls full of water
You didn’t think I was done talking about toilets, did you? Ok, one more toilet fact
for the day: in the US, they’re full of water. On his first visit to the States, one
of my friends actually thought my toilet was clogged! Nope, all that water is totally normal
and serves several purposes as well. First of all, it keeps the bowl from getting too
dirty and staining the porcelain. That way, we don’t have to use the brush as often.
It also minimizes smells. But there is the downside of more splashing if you know what
I mean! And I think you do! 10. One faucet to rule them all
I haven’t done a lot of traveling, but I have been to the UK and I was flabbergasted
by the separate faucets in the bathroom. How do you guys use those anyway??? I have to
wash my hands under scolding hot or freezing cold water separately? Jump back and forth
between the two? In the US, sinks always have just one faucet, and you can customize the
temperature of the water howeverr you like. Now, as for getting that perfect temperature
when you’re taking a shower, don’t even get me started on that… 11. Crank up the AC
Yeah, most of us leave the AC running all through the summer instead of opening a window
or using a fan. Probably not the most cost-efficient solution (especially in a big house), but
it just feels soooo niiiice! The same goes for cranking the heat up in the winter. You
won’t see many radiators in the US! 12. Wearing shoes inside
Most of the world has a pretty strict policy about taking your shoes off at the front door,
but that’s not really the case here. Most families are totally ok with wearing shoes
inside around the house, as long as they’re not muddy or anything. Sure, there are those
American families that don’t do it. So if you’re ever in the States, it’s customary
to ask if you need to take your shoes off at the front door. Most of the time, the answer
will be “Nah, you’re fine!” 13. Switchless sockets
Apparently in Europe, you have a switch to either allow the power to flow by turning
a button on or cutting it by switching it off. In America, you don’t have this option,
and that’s most likely because of the fact that we have a lower voltage running through
our sockets. So the risk of shocking yourself when you unplug something without turning
the socket off first isn’t as high. 14. No tea kettle in the kitchen
The US is mostly a coffee-drinking country, so we don’t really use tea kettles. And
if you’re thinking, “What about a kettle to boil water for instant coffee?” – the
answer to that, my friend, is that most homes have a coffeemaker to brew it fresh! 15. Garbage disposals
Ah, yes, the convenience of rinsing your plate right in the sink, flipping the switch, and
sending all that ground-up food down the drain! Garbage disposals are a lot more common in
the States. In fact, over 50% of American homes have one. I imagine it comes down to
better sanitization and avoiding raunchy smells coming from your trashcan! 16. Flags everywhere
Americans really do love to display the ol’ Star-Spangled Banner, so most homes here have
at least one hanging outside the house. But it’s not just our national flag we like
to hoist. A lot of people hang a flag with their favorite football team or the college
they went to on it. What can I say, we like flags! 17. Pristine lawns
And finally, surrounding that big house full of rooms, closets, carpet, and weird sockets,
we have our beautiful lawns. Ok, the perfect pristine kind are usually only found in the
suburbs, but, in general, Americans like to take care of their yard. Plus, most neighborhoods
have rules about it! Even if you don’t want to, you often HAVE to keep your lawn mowed
and free of leaves or clutter. Everything’s gotta look nice and clean! And now, whether you’re American or not,
which of these things apply to your house? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned
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  • OrangUlu Vanity

    I always serve my guest in the dining area even though just for a cup of juice. I will us them to sit in the dining for deinks or snacks. Bc not every adult know how to behave. Eating in the living room is prohibited in mg culture

  • Mark Thindiu

    I would like to build one for my family with similar standards…the beauty in America amazes me..I'll create an American lifestyle in my home…
    Viva America…
    God bless America

  • Ayden Rzepa

    Almost al houses in the uk have wall to wall carpeting, all the bedrooms have it and even the hallways
    So it not just in America

  • Simon Pruszynski

    The dual i for saving water old skool, you shuld fill the sink wash and drain the water, god when shaving with old razors. Make sence.

  • Random things because why not

    So I’m from Europe and I’ve been reading all the comments and from what I can tell the problem with the video is that Americans generalize us all Europeans into one country as if we were all the same . The thing is we have our differences an similarities .

  • Udaya Jayatilake

    I am a Sri Lankan who lived in Texas USA for four years. I noticed some more differences
    1. Toilet mechanism is different. It sucks not flushed.
    2. Whenever there is a switch the direction is opposite.
    3. Fans have high after off, not 1
    4. It is Ground floor not floor 1

  • Sunshine She

    Yea this video was all wrong from the 1st point 😂😂😂. All these things mentioned here we have in South Africa. Smh.

  • Звезделина Божилова

    I'm in Europe and I have never used sink with two faucet. And I have never heard for switching sockets before (but we have different looking sockets)! I have a coffee maker and most of my friends too.

  • Ngaire Taylor

    The gap at the front of the toilet bowl is the annoying part of your toilet – this part is uncomfortable for women who may need to lean forward. While these toilets can be found in Australia – they are usually found in "cheep" public toilets and are only one step above the aluminum toilet with no moveable seat.

    Apart from that… most of the things you mentioned are the same in Australia and New Zealand… While we do have some things in the British style due to our colonial past – the amount of TV & Movies from the USA mean that Australian and New Zealand tend to use the best of both cultures over here.

  • Labros Gravaris

    In Greece during the last years, if you have the national flag hanging outside your house, they call you a fascist.
    New World Order tactics have ruled over Greece and Europe I guess.

  • Tom Helsen

    I’m born in europe, lived all my life here, and travelled all over the continent but i never saw a socket with a switch on it anywhere.. So i don’t know where u are getting this from.. and also 2 fossets is just something from 50 years ago.. only ancient people still have it..

  • Encomana'l

    First time ever I have heard of garbage disposal on the sink. That´s quite amazing! Here in Catalonia we just empty the plate with a spatula and then clean it XD


    Eating in front of 📺. That is so Indian thing…Not many people have dining and even if they have they will still eat in front of tv in living room…

  • Gerald O'Hare

    It gets much hotter here in New Jersey than in Northern Ireland where my relative live. They don't even have air conditioning.

  • Malcolm Lane-Ley

    A little bit generalised but nonetheless entertaining view of "Europe" from across the pond. Here's one for you, in the Uk we have around 700 varieties of cheese, yet in the USA you seem to have this stuff called 'cheese' which all looks the same and you eat it on top of everything, this is a generalisation of course but to us it looks that way!

  • Sheran Walker

    In the US, their heaps and heaps of closets STILL aren't enough for all their stuff. Self storage units cover acres of countryside for the overflow. Talk about excessive.

  • wize oldfart

    Explain house numbers in the US. In Australia if your house # is 1500 it means you live on a long street, a very long street that has at least 750 houses down each side.

  • Akiko Fujishima

    I lived in England for about 4 years, and we had a tiny washer in the kitchen. It would wash an entire load of clothes with a cup of water.. So efficient and good for the environment! We would then hang our clothes to dry as well. I prefer line dried clothing over clothes dried in a dryer. Line dried just has a better feeling and a fresher smell. I don't like that "warmed up laundry detergent" smell. 😀 We have different sized toilets in the US, my neighbor's toilet is higher than mine.. So that whole lower toilets in the US because it's more natural is BS. When I moved to England, my bloke's toilet in Sheffield was no higher than the toilet I had in my own home in the US… I also had separate facets when living in the US, so that is BS as well. If you've lived in historic property in the US you've most likely encountered double facets, one for cold and one for hot.

  • Um Maryam

    I'm somewhat fascinated with how Americans view Europe… I mean, to them it seems like Europe is just One Big Country or something (instead of a continent with all kind of different countries). When my dad had to invite some Americans to the company he was working for, in the nineties, those Americans were afraid to come (we're from Holland) because "there is a war going on in Europe!" They were afraid of the Bosnian-Servian war when in Holland, lol. Also we went on vacation once to the US and when people asked us where we're from they were like "Oh my great grandmother was from Sweden!" Like that's the same country as Holland. I'm living in Africa right now, so maybe that's why it fascinated me. I also view my own country and its culture differently than i did before.

    A lot of things in this video i think aren't typically American, like having carpet in the entire house. Or the closet thing.

  • Um Maryam

    Not every country is a tea drinking country, this applies only to England/the UK i think… Where i'm from (Holland), it's mainly coffee as well. I live now in a more of a tea preferring country and they were SHOCKED to hear that the average Dutch person could easily drink 5 cups of coffee a day! I don't drink coffee, and most people in Holland would be very surprised that in every way it is served (black, as they call it – so without sugar/milk, or with coffee and/or milk) i don't like it.

  • Marko Podganjek

    Despite a lot of critics bellow I like the video very much and kudos to author or effort.
    Europe is very different so it is impossible to make any comoarassion and treat europe as united space.
    I live in central europe and our houses are big, in majority we have more then 250m of kiving space per family – at least those thatvwere built in last 50 years.
    Nobody in my country dont have washing machine in kitchen, because it is threated as very unhigienic, from the same reason we usually dont have carpets wall to wall. When visit somebody slipoers are common for walk in house and not your shoes.
    We have familly diners in dinning room, never eat in front of tv (it is neither healty nor higienic)

  • Serçe

    Kids eat in their rooms with their laptops, l eat while doing the dishes or cleaning the kitchen. our small home turns into hotel 🙁

  • Ooi Jingxi

    And it is unhealthy to eat will watching movies as your body won’t be able to secrete the correct amount of digestive liquid and might injured yourself

  • Toys slimes and more And much much more

    With our fire smoke detectors we have one in every bedroom one in every closet one and every bathroom one in every hallway and one basement and one in our living room and kitchen

  • Toys slimes and more And much much more

    My mom doesn’t like electric she likes gas every house we’ve been and we’ve always had gas stoves

  • Toys slimes and more And much much more

    For the carpeting in our house we have one in every bedroom which is my room and my parents room and we have one in the living room and that’s all for carpeting for tile we have my closet in my parents closet and we have tile in them in with our bathrooms and the kitchen and the basement and the garage

  • Toys slimes and more And much much more

    For the smoke detectors we have one in every bedroom one in every bathroom one in every closet one in the entryway one in the basement and one in the hallway

  • The Geopolitical

    I live in Italy , but I have everything you described in the video ( I even have a Google Home and all the lights, appliances ecc are smart) ( and even an American and Italian flag outside my home ) . I'm Italian-American but I live and work here at the embassy and every time my Italian friends come to my house they think to be in US 🇺🇸.

  • smallpicture

    4:58 I thought that he was going to explain why the toilet seat on the left has a gap and the toilet seat on the right doesn’t?

  • Kuldeep Kaur Sharma

    In India we don't use wall to wall carpets as its difficult to maintain and only rich people can afford.
    About using Indian toilets it's the best to stay healthy and hygienic. As you need to squat on your knees and your bowl movements are better for your health. No skin disease or UTI issues as no contact with toilet seats.
    Removing shoes and entering the house is considered respect in India in couple of cities mainly down south.

  • Carol Coates

    In many parts of the UK, you can be prosecuted for flying the Union flag including location or the length of the pole! Disgraceful!

  • Yvonne

    Majority of Americans do not have electric ovens/stoves. Out of all the nearly dozen places I've lived only 1 had electric stove. Most people do not like electric stoves and prefer gas.

  • Johan Fagerström

    Large houses…. okay generalize it americands have large houses and rooms for everything if u compare to europe…

    We have lot of inbuild storage spaces

    Well…. i have never been in a house in europe that had washingmachine in the bathroom or kitchen… most have rooms for that. And have both washer and dryer… otherwise they have an apartment.

    Basement most houses have in europe too. I had my bedroom in the basement when inwas living at my parents.

    Most people inknow have firealarms in every room.
    Electric stoves is the mayority in europe.

    ’Old’ houses in sweden have often carpets as floor.

    In south europe the toilets are quite low… in sweden we have quite high.
    And all toilets have water in them.

    I have never seen that there are more than one tap…. i thought the double ones were american thing😅

    Wearing shoes inside isn’t common in northen europe but most of europe i’ve been to they wear shoes inside.

    Coffemakers is more usual in europe than anything else…

    The trashthing though we don’t have common in sweden.

    In sweden your neighbours will be angry if u don’t have your backyard in food shape…

    Most of this video was completley wrong

  • Synx HQR

    my man u are so wrong with so manny things and Europe isnt made with just one country Uk so dont think that everything u see in the UK u also see in the rest of the Europe,i suggest to u that u visit other country than UK in Europe

  • NVTV

    I feel like you've talked to one person from Europe and made this video. First of all: Every country in Europe has different traditions and stuff. I'm from the Netherlands and even my neighbour countries surprise me so it's really impossible to make a comparison between the US and Europe when even the countries in Europa aren't similar in habits and traditions and things we are used to.

  • namie schowgurow

    My washer dryer in kitchen, have radiator s, wood floors n carpets. Garage n shed. Basement yuk. Cut grass n shrubs n flowers. Of 2 bathrooms but small closets. My ex traveled to Indonesia hotel the shower had a hole to squat n electric few hours a day.

  • Andrew Mashchits

    In Eastern Europe (former USSR) fitted carpeting considered old-fashioned and a bad taste, we call it kovroline, a cheap synthetic material that was popular in 80s and 90s. Nowadays hardwood or engineered wood is a trend.
    Wearing shoes inside a house is non-hygienic.

  • Christi Neri

    Umm. Why are you using your own personal experience to make a generalization for everyone else in the U.S.? A lot of these are not even the normal. You need to do some proper research. Bye.

  • Mary Phelan

    Americans love to display the Stars and Stripes, the Star Spangled Banner cannot be displayed since it is the national anthem, a song.

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