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This image-packed glossary presents a colorful introduction to the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, structural components, and design elements involved in architecture, home construction, landscaping, and interior design.
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by Judee Shipman
STRINGER: A plank that supports stair treads. Also see stair carriage and rough horse.
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STRIP FLOORING: Narrow strips of wood (or vinyl) used in flooring, typically designed to fit snugly together.
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STRUCTURAL EXPRESSIONISM: Architecture that incorporates elements of the high tech industry into building design. Also see Interactive architecture.
Shown below, a modern cathedral in San Francisco whose roof is built in such a way that the lower horizontal cross section is a square, while the upper horizontal cross section forms a cross.
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STRUCTURAL FLOOR: A basement floor of framed lumber instead of concrete.
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STRUCTURALISM: An architectural and city planning movement of the mid 20th century. The movement involved incorporating cultural elements into architectural styles.
The structuralist style is characterized by the use of numerous smaller building units having approximately the same geometric form.
Shown below, beautiful home design in the structuralist style.
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STUBBY SCREWDRIVER: A short, broad screwdriver.
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STUCCO: An exterior plaster finish made with a base of Portland cement. Stucco is a feature of beautiful home designs throughout the world.
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STUD: A vertical wood beam used as a structural framing component.
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STUD FRAMING: A building method that distributes weight equally among a series of studs.
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STUDIO: A one-room living or work space, sometimes designed with an alcove. For one person, a studio apartment can be a beautiful home.
Shown below, high ceilings can really make a studio apartment appear more spacious.
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STUD SHOE: A metal bracket used as structural reinforcement for a stud.
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SUB FLOOR: The structural components of a floor, under the finished flooring.
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SUMERIAN ARCHITECTURE: The architecture of Mesopotamia dating from about 5300-2000 BC.
Sumerian-style homes were made from mud brick, mud plaster, and wood. Structures built in this style were some of the the earliest man-built structures.
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SUMMER: See Bressummer.
SUMP PUMP: A device that pumps excess groundwater away from a building.
In beautiful home landscaping design, a sump pump is often used for fountains, swimming pools, and even koi ponds.
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SUNBURST WINDOW: A semicircular window installed above a doorway, above another window, or sometimes even on its own. Also see Fanlight.
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SUNROOM: A sitting room with skylights and/or windows spanning entire walls, to maximize natural light.
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SUPPLY LINE: A pipe that carries water from the main heater to individual units.
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SURGE PROTECTOR: A device that protects electrical devices from sudden high voltage activity.
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SUSPENDED CEILING: A ceiling supported by (hung from) overhead structural framing.
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SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE: Architecture that is designed not to disturb the natural environment, or to disturb it as little as possible. The style is a model of efficiency, in terms of both space and energy. Sustainable can also be described as "green" or "eco-friendly."
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SWALE: A moist, marshy depression between two ridges. Swales are often used for landscape-related beautiful home designs.
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SWAY BRACE: A metal strap or wood block installed to prevent a wall from shifting its position.
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SWING-UP DOOR: A garage door that opens when the bottom swings upward.
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SWITCH: A device that turns an electrical circuit on or off.
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SWIVEL: A mechanism that allows an object to rotate on an axis.
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SYSTYLE: A spacing of two column widths between columns. Also see Eustyle and Intercolumniation.
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