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This image-packed introductory guide offers a colorful, informative, organized view of the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, structural components, and design elements involved in architecture, home construction, landscaping, interiors, and exterior design.
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TENON: The "male" part of a mortise & tenon joint.
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TERMITE: A wood eating insect that can cause severe structural damage to a building. Shown below, redwood lumber with termite damage.
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TERMITE SHIELD: A galvanized metal shield placed around pipes to stop the passage of termites.
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TERRACE: 1) In some exterior designs, a platform extending from the exterior wall of a building. 2) In other exterior designs, a walkway bordered on both sides by colonnades.
Shown below, a bright sunny terrace in Cataleya, Estepona, southern Spain.
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TERRA COTTA: A ceramic material molded into units of masonry. Terra cotta is most commonly used for shingles, tiles, and gardening pots in landscape exterior designs.
The material is typically (but not necessarily) a deep rust-red color, which itself is known as terra cotta.
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TEXTURE: A tactile wall finish designed to make paint stick better than it would to a smooth wall.
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THATCHED ROOF: A roof made from straw or other dried vegetation.
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THERMOCOUPLE: An electrical device with two different conductors of differing temperatures. A voltage is produced by way of the thermoelectric effect.
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THERMOPLY: An exterior laminated sheathing with an aluminum surface.
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THERMOSTAT: A device that regulates the temperature of a space by switching heating or cooling equipment on or off as needed.
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THREE DIMENSIONAL (3D) SHINGLES: Laminated shingles with extra layers or tabs, giving them a "shake-like" appearance. 3D shingles are also called dimensional shingles.
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THREE-QUARTER BATH: A bathroom that contains a toilet, sink and shower, but no tub.
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THRESHOLD: The bottom plate of an exterior door frame.
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TIDEWATER ARCHITECTURE: A style of architecture developed in the coastal United States during the 19th century. The style is characterized by hip rooftops, large, wraparound porches, and other exterior designs that accommodate hot, wet climates.
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TILE: A uniformly cut piece of hard material, typically stone, ceramic, or linoleum.
Tiles are most commonly used as floor covering, but they are also used for artistic endeavors such as mosaic murals, pretty walkways, and other beautiful interior and exterior designs.
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TIMBER FRAMING: A traditional building method that uses heavy timber as structural posts and beams. Also see Pillar and Post.
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TIN: An inexpensive silvery metal, soft enough to be cut without too much force, and sometimes used for roofing.
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TIN SNIPS: A snipping tool with a long handle and a short blade, specifically designed to cut tin sheets.
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TIPI: A tent-like, cone-shaped structure with a smoke hole at the top, traditionally made from willow poles and animal skins. Tipis were homes to early Lakota people and other native tribes. Modern tipis are typically made of canvas.
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