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This image-packed glossary details the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, and structural components involved in home architecture and interior design.
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MASTIC: A super strong pasty material used as an adhesive or a protective coating. Known in construction as liquid nails.
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MEDITERRANEAN: An architectural style characterized by soft colors, drywall siding, and low pitched rooftops covered with Spanish terra cotta tile shingles.
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MEDITERRANEAN REVIVAL: An architectural style that originated in the United States, and was popular during the 1920s and 1930s. The style borrows design inspiration from palaces and seaside villas.
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MEROVINGIAN ARCHITECTURE: An architectural style popular in France and Germany from the 5th to the 8th century, when many churches were designed in this style.
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METABOLIST ARCHITECTURE: A Japanese style of architecture that fuses the architectures of megastructures with those of organic biological growth. The style was most popular during the 1960s and 1970s.
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METAL: A solid, shiny, malleable material best known for its electric conductivity, but also used in construction work. The periodic table lists at least 85 pure metals.
The most commonly used metals are iron, copper, nickel, lead, aluminum, and zinc.
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METER (ELECTRIC): A device that measures the use of electricity in a household.
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METER (WATER): A device that measures the use of water in a household.
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MICROLAM: A manufactured structural wood beam made of bonded wood strands.
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MID CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE: An architectural style popular in the 1950s, characterized by a simple, streamlined design inspiration. Also see Art Deco, Art Moderne, and Populux.
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MIHRAB: A rounded niche in the wall of a mosque.
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MILAR (MYLAR): The material used for making transparencies of blueprints.
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MILDEW: A fungus that can develop on organic materials.
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MILLWORK: Building materials made of finished wood, such as doors, frames, beams, boards, panels, shelves, and trim, among others.
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MIRROR: A highly reflective surface, typically made of metal or treated glass.
Here's a handy interior design inspiration: Mirrored walls make a room look larger.
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MISSION REVIVAL: An architectural style that originated in California, and was popular in the early 20th century. The style draws inspiration from the Spanish missions built in California during the 18th and 19th centuries.
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MITER CLAMP: A clamp designed to hold miter joints together.
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MITER JOINT: The joining of two beveled pieces to form a clean corner.
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MOBILE HOME: A manufactured home that can be moved on a flat bed trailer, but normally stays situated in one place.
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MOLDING: A strip of wood trim, often with a decorative surface, typically used where walls meet floors and ceilings. There are many dozen styles of molding to choose from.
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MONKEY WRENCH: An old-style adjustable wrench whose gripping part is fixed at a right angle to the handle.
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