Gardens and having a bit more distance between you and your neighbours can be two of the advantages of a house.apart from a couple of years in my early teens I have always lived in flats ("apartments" if we are being proper) and I genuinely can't imagine ever buying a house. I've got a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and bedroom. What else do I need if I'm not going to have a family? Why do I need a flight of stairs that needs vacuumed and cleaned, or a dining room when I'm happy with a ready meal in front of the TV or my laptop? Houses seem so alien to me, I'm all for flats.