Look Here Right Now to learn about House Design, interior styles, landscapes, tools, textiles, hardware, and more.
This fully illustrated dictionary covers virtually all things related to architecture and home design.
Feast your creative eyes a wealth of beautiful home interiors, gorgeous landscaping projects, and outstanding building designs, all presented in a well organized fashion.
Collect ideas for your Perfect Dream Home!
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by Judee Shipman
BRISTOL BYZANTINE: A type of Byzantine Revival architecture popular in Bristol, England, during the late 19th century. The style is characterized by colorful brickwork and multiple archways. Surviving examples include The Granary, shown below.
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BRISTOL WRENCH: An L-shaped wrench designed for internal socket head screws, available in many different sizes and styles.
The Bristol wrench is a must-have for most house design projects.
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BROCH: An ancient house design made of drystone, found in Scotland.
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BRONZE: A metal alloy consisting of copper and tin, used in construction, especially for doors, staircases, and chandeliers.
Shown below, the financial center in Shanghai is entirely fronted in bronze.
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BROOM CLOSET: A small closet appropriate for storing brooms, mops, and vacuum cleaners. The building's breaker panel is often located in the broom closet.
Shown below, a kitchen corner broom closet.
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BROWNSTONE: An architectural style commonly seen in parts of New York City such as Brooklyn and Manhattan. Brownstone is a particular type of sandstone.
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BRUSH SPINNER: A drill-like tool that is attached to a paintbrush, so the brush spins around. Handy for painting inner corners and other tight spaces.
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BRUTALISM: A mid 20th century architectural style with elements borrowed from the Modernist movement.
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BUDDHIST ARCHITECTURE: A religious architectural movement of early Buddhism. Known examples date back as far as the 1st century BC.
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BUILDING: Generally, any manmade structure designed to provide shelter.
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BUCK: The rectangular box installed around door and window frames.
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BUFFER: A piece of equipment used for sanding wood floors and other large, flat surfaces of interior house design.
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BUILDING CODES: Laws and ordinances that restrict the ways in which a home can be constructed.
A house design must be "up to code." In other words, a house design must comply with local laws and building codes.
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BUILDING PAPER: A general term that refers to sheeted textile materials used for construction.
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BUILT IN: Permanently affixed to a property. For examples, built in bookcases have recessed shelves whose edges are flush with the wall. And a built in swimming pool is an in-ground pool that cannot be moved.
Shown below, this magnificent house design features a vast built in swimming pool with fire pits and waterfalls.
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BUILT UP ROOF: A roof reinforced with extra layers of tar or asphalt, sometimes finished with a layer of gravel.
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BULL FLOAT: A tool designed for finishing concrete surfaces after screeding (leveling) the surface.
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BULL NOSE: A term that refers to rounded edges or corners on bricks or other masonry.
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BULLSEYE WINDOW: A house design feature consisting of a round opening placed in the center of a wall or dome.
Also known as an oculus, the bullseye window is a popular aesthetic element of house design.
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BULWARK: A defensive wall of masonry.
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BUNDLE: A package of shingles, typically in units of two dozen or more.
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BUNGALOW: A small to medium sized, detached single story house.
Also the California term for an American Craftsman style home.
Shown below, a row of bungalows in a Chicago neighborhood.
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BURNER: A mechanical device that burns fuel. There are many kinds of burners. Shown below, a propane gas burner.
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BUTT CHISEL: A short chisel with beveled sides and a straight edge, typically used for fashioning joints.
Shown below, a 4-piece butt chisel set.
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BUTT EDGE: The edge of a piece to be joined with another edge.
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BUTT HINGE: A hinge that fastens with one leaf attached to the edge of a door, and the other leaf attached to the door jamb.
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BUTT JOINT: The point where two edges are joined. In standard house design, edges can be placed face to face, edge to edge, or face to edge.
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BUTTERFLY SCREW: A screw with "wings" on or near the head. Some butterfly screws open outward after being inserted into drywall. These are typically used for hanging objects on the parts of walls not supported by vertical studs.
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BUTTRESS: A half-arch shaped structure built up against a wall to support the wall.
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BX CABLE: Insulated wires housed in a flexible metal tubing, to power electronic equipment.
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BYPASS DOORS: Sliding doors that overlap when they open. Commonly used for closets and shower stalls.
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BYZANTINE: A style of Medieval Roman architecture characterized by brickwork, domed roofs, and intricate mosaic tile work.
Below, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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