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by Judee Shipman
ABACUS: A flat slab that forms the uppermost part of a column.
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ABODE: A dwelling space consisting of floors, walls, and a roof. Provides comfort, privacy, and warmth. Commonly known as Home.
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ABRASIVE: A rough textured compound that is used for smoothing surfaces. Abrasives are available in liquid form, powdered form, or sandpaper form.
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AC: A common abbreviation for Air Conditioner or Air Conditioning.
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ACCENT LIGHTING: Dim or softened lighting whose purpose is more aesthetic than practical. Also known as mood lighting, accent lighting is a popular element of Home Design.
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AC CONDENSER: The outside fan unit of an air conditioning system.
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AC DISCONNECT: The on-off switch of an air conditioner, located near the condenser.
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ACOUSTIC TILE: A type pf tiling (typically placed on ceilings) that affects the sound quality in a room.
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ACRYLIC: A kind of plastic used in construction, and also in certain types of paint.
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ADDITION: An extra room built onto an existing structure to increase the total square footage of the living space.
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ADHESIVE: Any substance that causes materials to stick or bond together.
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ADIRONDACK: A rugged, rustic architectural style whose elements include logs, roots, and fieldstone.
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ADJUSTABLE LAMP: A lamp with movable parts.
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ADJUSTABLE TABLE: A table with movable parts for varying widths or heights.
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ADJUSTABLE WRENCH: A wrench with a jaw of adjustable width to accommodate jobs of different sizes.
Shown below, a 4-piece adjustable wrench set.
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ADOBE: An organic building material made of mud and clay. A popular home design element of the American southwest, among other regions.
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ADZE: A chisel-like woodworking tool with a curved or angled blade edge. There are many different types of adzes.
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AERATOR: A device that screws into a sink spout. The aerator mixes air with water to allow a smoother flow of water from the tap.
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A-FRAME: A type of house with the roof resting at or near ground level, architecturally resembling the letter A.
The A-Frame house is an economically sound home design choice, partly because less money is spent on exterior siding.
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AGGREGATE: A mixture of ground minerals used for mixing concrete.
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AIR CHISEL: An automatic chiseling tool that uses air pressure for added force. Also known as an Air Hammer.
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AIR CLEANER: A device that cleans air by trapping dust particles. Also known as an Air Purifier.
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AIR DUCT: An interior passage that transfers air from one space to another.
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AIR SPACE: The area between the insulation and the exterior wall of a building.
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AISLE: An interior walkway with a wall on one side and columns (or sometimes furniture) lining the other side. Also known as an Arcade.
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ALCOVE: A recessed space in a room, sometimes screened or curtained off from the rest of the room.
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ABODE: THE PICTURE DICTIONARY OF HOME DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
Chapter 1 (You Are Here)
HOME DESIGN AND RELATED LINKS
Early American Architecture and Vintage Home Design