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by Judee Shipman
CAULICULUS: Part of the ornate upper portion of a Corinthian column.
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CAULK: A rubbery, waterproof substance commonly used around tubs, sinks, and showers to prevent leaks. Caulk is used for most building design projects, particularly in bathrooms.
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CAVITY WALL: Two vertical layers of masonry separated by a hollow space. Used as needed in building design, and often filled with insulation.
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CCA: Chromated Copper Arsenate. A pesticide that is forced into wood under high pressure to prevent termite damage.
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CELOTEX: A patented, black fibrous board commonly used for exterior sheathing.
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C-CLAMP: A vice-like tool that is shaped like the letter C.
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CEDAR: A reddish, aromatic softwood, popular in building design for its fresh scent, visual appeal, and decay resistance.
Other kinds of cedar are used for other purposes. For instance, Atlantic white cedar is used for building fences and making shingles.
Shown below, a luxury cedar home.
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CEILING: The overhead portion of an interior space. Every building design includes one.
Shown below, an elegant coffered ceiling.
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CEILING FAN: An electric fan permanently affixed to the ceiling beams, typically operated by a pull string and/or a light switch.
An installed ceiling fan becomes part of the permanent building design.
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CEILING JOIST: A horizontal beam that supports a roof in almost any building design.
Shown below, this contemporary bedroom has exposed ceiling joists, creating a seamless blend of structural building design features with interior design elements.
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CELLA: Generally, a simple, windowless room.
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CELLAR: Any room in a building design that is constructed with more than half of the room's height underground. Technically, a room that is less than halfway underground is called a basement.
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CEMENT: The adhesive component used when mixing concrete. Every building design includes some cement, even if only for the foundation.
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CENTRAL HEATING/AC: An air conditioning system where heat is sent from a generator, distributed through various channels, and pushed through vents located in every room.
Central Heating/AC is a desirable feature of modern building design.
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CENTRAL PASSAGE HOUSE: A building design featuring a hall or passageway that bisects the house from front to back. Also called a Hall & Parlor house.
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CERAMIC TILE: A man or machine-made tile of hardened clay, used in kitchens and bathrooms for back splashes and decorative counter tops.
Even outdoors, ceramic tiles can be a very attractive feature of building design.
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CESSPOOL: A type of septic system.
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CFL BULB: A helix-shaped light bulb known to be more energy efficient than the old-style Edison bulbs. CFL stands for Compact Fluorescent Light.
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CFM: Cubic Feet per Minute. A measure of the amount of air from a fan that can pass through an opening in one minute.
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CHAIN LINK: A woven wire fencing with a diamond shaped mesh.
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CHAIN WRENCH: A wrench with a chain attachment on one end.
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CHAIR RAIL: Interior trim work fastened horizontally to a wall, 3 or 4 feet above the floor, which is about the same height as the back of a chair. Used for protecting drywall, and for decorative effect.
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CHALCIDICUM: The vestibule of an ancient church building.
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CHALET: A wide, wood-themed building design popular in Switzerland. Ski lodges are typically built in the chalet style.
Shown below, a ski chalet in the French Alps.
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CHALK LINE: A line made by snapping a tight string or cord used with chalk. A rather crude technique used for aligning structural elements.
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CHAMFER: A type of beveled edge.
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CHAMFER BIT: A kind of drill bit used with a router to create a chamfered edge.
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CHANDELIER: A permanent ceiling fixture of ornate design, typically consisting of a complex array of sparkling glass, metal, and lights.
The chandelier is a signature feature of high end building design.
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CHANDRASHALA: The main arch on the entrances to some cave temples in India.
Shown below, the chandrashala of Lomas Rishi cave.
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