See this FREE, full color guide to learn what a Custom Home Builder knows about construction materials, home designs, architectural styles, and more.
This image-packed glossary introduces the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, structural components, and design elements involved in construction, interiors, and landscape design.
Dream up your own ideas from this carefully curated collection of images with concise, instructional definitions.
Arm yourself with the basic knowledge of architecture, construction terms, and techniques known to any custom home builder.
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by Judee Shipman
SCREWDRIVER BIT: The metal end of a screwdriver that fits snugly into a groove on a metal screw.
Shown below, this 41-piece screwdriver bit set would make an excellent gift for that special custom home builder in your life.
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SCREW EXTRACTOR: A tool used for removing broken screws.
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SCRIBE MOLDING: A piece of wood that creates a finished look where the molding is imperfect or irregular. Scribe molding is often used for kitchen cabinets.
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SCUPPER: The drain connected to a downspout or a flat roof.
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SCYTHE: A manual agricultural tool, typically used for reaping crops.
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SEALER: A finishing material applied to wood for the purpose of coating and sealing the surface to prevent drying, cracking, and discoloration.
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SEASONED LUMBER: Wood that has been fully dried and prepared for manufacture.
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SECOND EMPIRE: A late 19th century architectural style characterized by Mansard roofs, square turrets, shallow domes, and narrow, arched windows.
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SELF SEALING SHINGLES: Shingles that are backed with adhesive.
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SEMI GLOSS ENAMEL: A type of paint that dries with a slight luster, but not a wet looking shine.
A custom home builder or interior designer will typically use semi gloss enamel for bathrooms, kitchens, and doors.
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SEPTIC SYSTEM: A waste water treatment system located on the property. Also known as a cesspool.
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SERVICE ENTRANCE PANEL: The main power box from where electricity enters a wiring system.
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SERVICE EQUIPMENT: Power controls such as circuit breakers, switches, and fuses.
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SERVICE LATERAL: An underground power supply line.
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SETBACK THERMOSTAT: A thermostat with a built-in programmable clock.
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SETTLEMENT: The shifts in a stick built structure that cause it to to creak, crack, or sink.
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SEWAGE EJECTOR: A pump for directing waste water to a sanitary sewer line, where gravity can then run its course.
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SEWER LATERAL: The place where the interior waste water lines connect to the main sewer lines. Sometimes called the Side Sewer.
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SEWER LINE: A length of tubing through which waste water runs.
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SEWER STUB: The point where the home sewer line connects to the municipal sewer line. Also called a Sewer Tap.
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SEWER SYSTEM: A network of pumps, pipes, and drains designed to remove waste water from the home and direct it to the municipal sewer system.
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SEWER TAP: See Sewer Stub.
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Chapter 51 (You Are Here)
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