Here's a FREE, full color introductory guide to Custom Homes, Architectural Design, Interiors, and more.
This image-packed glossary introduces the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, structural components, and design elements involved in home construction, interiors, and landscape design.
Dream up your own ideas from this carefully curated collection of images with concise, instructional definitions.
Arm yourself with basic knowledge of home building, construction equipment, tools, terms, tips, techniques, and architecture.
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by Judee Shipman
SOD HOUSE: An architectural style in which the walls, floors, and/or roof of a house are made of packed earth.
Shown below, custom homes in Iceland with sod roofs.
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SOD DUGOUT: An architectural style in which a living space is dug into a dirt mound, then reinforced with wood framing.
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SOFFIT: The underside of the eaves of a house, where the roof extends past the exterior walls.
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SOFTWOOD: A category of natural woods that include cedar, cypress, fir, hemlock, pine, redwood, and spruce.
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SOIL PIPE: A large pipe that carries waste materials to a city sewer or septic tank. Also known as a soil stack.
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SOLAR POWERED: Powered by sunlight, as opposed to gas or electricity. Shown below, solar roof panels adorn many custom homes these days.
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SOLAR HEATING: A home heating system that makes optimal use of natural light with design elements such as south-facing windows and reflective solar panels on the roof. Shown below, a solar heated swimming pool.
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SOLDER: To join metal pieces by way of heat fusion. Many custom homes feature soldered glass windows.
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SOLDERING GUN: A pistol-shaped electric power tool used for welding metal.
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SOLDERING IRON: An electric hand tool that supplies enough heat to melt metal.
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SOLE PLATE: A horizontal framing component attached to floor sheathing and wall studs.
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SOLID BRIDGING: A wood beam placed between adjacent floor joists to prevent twisting.
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SOMMER: A weight bearing beam. Other names for it include bressummer, summer, summer tree, and somer, among others.
Shown below, bressummer beam structures in Dartmouth, England.
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SONOTUBE: A cardboard tube designed to hold wet concrete in place until it dries.
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SOUND ATTENUATION: Soundproofing a wall or subfloor with insulation.
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SOUTERRAIN: An architectural style characterized by a stone-lined underground chamber.
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SOUTHERN PLANTATION: A grand, pillared architectural style that was popular on America's southern plantations during the 19th century.
These custom homes are characterized by posh, oversized rooms, grand, pillared entranceways, and obscenely opulent design elements, made possible by the enforcement free slave labor.
Shown below, the historically preserved Bellamy mansion in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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SPACE HEATER: A small electric heater designed to warm a single room.
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SPACING: The distance between beams or shingles in building construction.
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Chapter 55 (You Are Here)
Early American Architecture and vintage custom homes.
Shipping Container Homes (design your own tiny custom homes).
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT custom homes and architecture.