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The Picture Dictionary of Home Design And Architecture

by Judee Shipman



ALKYD: A synthetic resin used in manufacturing certain oil-based paints. Alkyd strengthens the binding properties of the paint.

Shown below, alkyd resins in many colors.

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ALLEN WRENCH: An L-shaped tool used for turning hexagonal (6-sided) bolts and screws. 

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ALLIGATOR WRENCH: A wrench designed for turning square-headed fasteners. Alligator wrenches come in many different styles. 

Shown below, a set of antique Alligator wrenches. 

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ALLOY: Any mixture of metallic elements. 

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ALTERNATIVE ARCHITECTURE: A general term that refers to homes constructed with unique design ideas, often using non traditional or repurposed building materials. 

Shown below, a section of 3D Printed architecture. 

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ALUMINUM: A soft, silvery metal often used in construction.

Being a softer, shinier metal, aluminum is also useful for other types of design ideas. 

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ALUMINUM OXIDE: A type of sandpaper. 

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AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE: refers to all architectural styles that originated from architectural design ideas within the United States, such as the Frank Lloyd Wright home design ideas shown HERE.  

AMERICAN BOND: Also known as a Common Bond, this term refers to the way in which standard brick walls are designed. 

The American Bond involves laying bricks of anywhere from 3 to 9 courses of stretchers (lengthwise bricks)  for each single course of headers (bricks laid with the short side showing). 

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AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN: An architectural style that evolved from the American Arts And Crafts Movement. 

American Craftsman homes are characterized by gently sloping roofs with exaggerated eaves, and front porches supported by square columns.

In California, homes constructed with these design ideas are often called bungalows. 

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AMERICAN FOURSQUARE: An architectural style popular in the early 20th century, characterized by a 4-sided, somewhat cubic design. 

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AMPERAGE: A unit of electric current. 

Shown below, how to incorporate the amperage of a circuit breaker into your home design ideas. 

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ANCHOR BOLT: A piece of hardware used for attaching objects to concrete. Anchor bolts are placed before the concrete dries. 

Shown below, some types of anchor bolts. 

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ANGLE DRIVE: The angle at which two flat lines (or planes) are connected at one edge, such as a roof. The angle drive of a roof is also known as the roof's pitch

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ANTEBELLUM: A Neoclassical architectural style, also known as Greek Revival. 

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ANTIQUING: The process by which a material or a surface takes on a deliberately aged appearance, most commonly for decorative purposes.

This "distressed" style is sometimes known as shabby chic

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ANVIL: A heavy metal block with a hard, flat top surface. Used for soldering hot metals, and for striking hard, heavy objects. 

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APARTMENT: A private dwelling with a separate entrance, coexisting with other private dwellings within the same building. 

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APPLIANCES: Electrical machines and mechanical equipment that is used for faster and easier completion of household tasks, such as cleaning and cooking, for instance. 

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APRON: A section of decorative stonework beneath a ledge. 

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APSE: A domed, semi circular alcove, often seen in cathedrals. 

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ARAEOSTYLE: A spacing of four column widths between columns. 

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ARBOR: A trellised outdoor garden entrance. 

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Chapter 1   

Chapter 2  (You Are Here) 

Chapter 3    

Chapter 4    

Chapter 5   

Chapter 6    

Chapter 7   

Chapter 8   

Chapter 9   

Chapter 10   

Chapter 11   

Chapter 12   

Chapter 13  

Chapter 14  

Chapter 15  

Chapter 16  

Chapter 17  

Chapter 18  

Chapter 19  

Chapter 20    

Chapter 21 

Chapter 22 

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Chapter 3  

Chapter 4  

Chapter 5  

Chapter 6  

Chapter 7  

Chapter 8 

Chapter 9 

Chapter 10 

Chapter 11  

Chapter 12  

Chapter 13  

Chapter 14 

Chapter 15  

Chapter 16 

Chapter 17 

Chapter 18  

Chapter 19

Chapter 20 

Chapter 21 

Chapter 22  

Chapter 23  

Chapter 24  

Chapter 25  

Chapter 26

Chapter 27  

Chapter 28  

Chapter 29  

Chapter 30  

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Chapter 32  

Chapter 33  

Chapter 34  

Chapter 35  

Chapter 36  

Chapter 37  

Chapter 38  

Chapter 39  

Chapter 40

Chapter 41


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