Here's a FREE, full color introductory guide to Home Decor Ideas, Home Designs, Architecture, Landscaping, and more.
This image-packed glossary presents a colorful introduction to 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 improvements.
Use this guide to implement your own home decor ideas.
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by Judee Shipman
SQUARE TAB SHINGLES: Roof shingles on which the tabs are all the same size and orientation.
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SQUARING LEVER: Part of a plane.
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SQUEEGEE: Fine gravel used for leveling a floor before the concrete is placed.
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SQUINCH: An adaptive architectural structure designed to support a dome roof.
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SQUINT: A small opening in an interior wall of a church.
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STACK: To position trusses on the walls.
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STAIN: A permanent dye, useful for any number of home decor ideas. Construction materials most suitable for staining are wood and glass.
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STAIR: One of a series of elevating steps.
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STAIR CARRIAGE: A plank that supports stair treads. Also called a stringer or a rough horse.
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STAIR CASE: A set of stairs. Shown below, a spiral staircase.
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STAIR GAUGE: A measuring device used when placing stairs.
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STAIR RISE: The vertical distance from one stair tread to the next one. This distance should not exceed 7.5 inches, according to most building codes and regulations.
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STALINIST ARCHITECTURE: The architecture of the Soviet Union between 1933 and 1955, during the leadership of Joseph Stalin. Shown below, Stalinist architecture in Minsk.
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STAPLE GUN: A handheld tool used for securing carpet staples. Used for countless home decor ideas.
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STAPLE NAIL: The U-shaped nail that fits into a staple gun.
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STARTER STRIP: Asphalt roofing applied at the eaves, parallel to the first course of shingles.
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STATIC VENT: One of several fanless roof ventilation systems that provides airflow in and out of attic spaces. Also see Whirlybird.
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STC: Sound Transmission Class. A building code measurement of interior sound barriers.
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STEAM BOILER: A power generator activated by steam, typically located in a boiler room.
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STEEL: A type of metal alloy used extensively in construction work, and also for certain elegant home decor ideas.
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STEEL TAPE: A thin strip of steel used to manufacture tape measures, among other things.
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STEEL WOOL: A type of sandpaper (i.e. abrasive agent) made from shredded steel foil.
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Chapter 57 (You Are Here)
Early American Architecture and vintage home decor ideas.
Shipping Container Homes (and efficient home decor ideas).
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Architecture and one-of-a-kind home decor ideas.