Look Here Right Now for Architectural Designs, interior styles, landscaping techniques, tools, textiles, hardware, and more.
This fully illustrated dictionary covers virtually all things related to architecture and home design.
Here you will see a wealth of beautiful home interiors, gorgeous landscaping projects, and outstanding building designs, presented in a well organized fashion.
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BOLT CUTTER: A tool that is used for cutting through chain links, locks, and other metals too thick to bend.
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BOND: The way in which laid bricks overlap during brickwork construction. There are many types of bond, such as American, Chinese, English, Flemish, Garden Wall, Header, Herringbone, and Stretcher.
These architectural designs are recognized by certain characteristics. For instance:
American (Common) Bond: About 5 courses of stretchers for each single course of headers.
English Bond: Alternating courses of all headers and all stretchers.
Flemish Bond: Each course consisting of alternating headers and stretchers.
Header Bond: All headers (short side showing).
Herringbone Bond: A fitted zigzag pattern, typically used for plazas and walkways.
Stretcher Bond: All stretchers (long side showing).
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BONUS ROOM: An extra room in a house with a variety of potential uses, but which cannot legally be called a bedroom in real estate transactions.
Bonus rooms are a key element in flexible architectural designs. They can be used as dens, media centers, home offices, and storage spaces, to name just a few uses.
Shown below, a home theater, a meditation room, and a den: Three popular bonus room uses in modern architectural designs.
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BOOM: A truck that is used for hoisting and placing beams and other pieces that are too heavy to lift. A must-have for most architectural designs.
Shown below, a 45-ton boom truck crane.
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BOSS: A decorative stone (typically carved) that protrudes from an exterior wall. The boss was a popular element of older architectural designs.
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BOSSAGE: Uncut stone that is decoratively carved, after being laid within the brickwork.
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BOTTOM CORD: The lower portion of a truss.
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BOTTOM PLATE: Horizontal beams on a sub floor, upon which the vertical studs are attached.
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BOX CUTTER: A super sharp tool with a retractable blade, typically used for opening cardboard boxes.
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BOX JOINT: A type of joinery where projections on the edges pf two pieces are fitted together like interlocking fingers.
Shown below, two types of box joints, the upper one being a dovetail joint.
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BOX NAIL: A type of thin nail, similar to a common nail.
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BOX WRENCH: A wrench with enclosed openings at each end, used for turning nuts and bolts.
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BRACE: A piece of framing lumber used for strengthening or supporting a structure until the permanent work has been completed.
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BRACKET: A structure positioned and fastened against a wall at the studs, typically used for holding shelves.
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BRAD NAIL: A small finishing nail used for lightweight fastening jobs.
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BRASS: A metal alloy created by mixing copper with zinc. Typically used for fixtures, door knobs, and other elements of architectural designs.
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BREAKER BAR WRENCH: A long, socket-style wrench, primarily used for loosening extra tight screws.
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BREAKER PANEL: A box equipped with switches called circuit breakers, for distributing electricity throughout a building.
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BRESSUMMER: A weight-bearing beam, such as the one above the fireplace pictured below.
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BRICK: Building material fashioned into a block. Bricks are used in the construction of many architectural designs.
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BRICKLAYER'S CHISEL: A tool used for eliminating excess concrete when laying bricks.
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BRICK LEDGE: The part of a foundation wall where the laid brick will rest. The brick ledge is a part of all architectural designs that involve laid bricks.
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BRICK MOLD: A kind of trim or molding placed around an exterior door or window.
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BRICK SPACING RULER: A measuring tool used by bricklayers to determine the height of the courses.
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BRICK TIE: A piece of metal that is nailed into brick or masonry to hold the veneer in place.
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BRICK VENEER: A thin layer of brick, bonded to another material and placed on exterior walls.
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BRIDGING: A network of wood or metal beams used for stabilizing floor joists.
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BRISE SOLEIL: An overhead structure that allows sunlight to come through, creating interesting shadows on the ground.
The Brise Soleil is one of many popular exterior architectural designs that are intended mainly for aesthetic purposes.
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