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by Judee Shipman
ARCACHON VILLA: A style of French-inspired Victorian architecture. Some examples are shown below.
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ARCADE: An outdoor passage or covered walkway with a wall on one side, and typically columns on the other side.
An Arcade, also known as an Aisle, is an architectural combination of exterior and interior design ideas.
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ARCH: Almost any curved, vertically oriented architectural form.
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ARCHITECT: A licensed professional fully trained in the technical drafting of buildings and other large structures. The architect draws the floorpan from which a structure can be built.
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ARCHITECT RULER: A ruler that is specially designed to assist on architectural drawings.
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ARCHITRAVE: The horizontal beam that rests across the top of a vertical element such as a doorway, or a set of stone columns.
Shown below, the inscribed architrave of the Pantheon.
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AREA WELL: A barrier wall placed around windows at or near ground level, to prevent earth from accumulating over time.
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ARRIS: The sharp edge that forms when two surfaces meet.
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ART DECO: An architectural style that started in France in the 1920s, featuring modern-looking, linear, symmetrical designs.
Typical Art Deco pastel colors are still among the most popular interior design ideas of today.
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ARTICULATION: The way in which joints are connected, which affects how joined parts are able to move.
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ART MODERNE: A late Art Deco architectural style, also known as Streamline Moderne.
Defining characteristics include flat roofs, rounded edges, and corner windows.
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ASBESTOS: A fireproof material that was once used extensively in buildings because of its flame resistant qualities. However, it was later discovered that Asbestos contains dangerous carcinogens.
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ASHLAR: A kind of prepared stonework, typically cut into bricks or cubes.
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ASPHALT: A composite material most commonly used for construction projects such as driveways and road work.
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ASTRAGAL: A curved or rounded strip of molding, most often seen on doors, windows, and columns.
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ATRIUM: A vast open space inside a building, typically featuring glass walls and a very high glass ceiling. Among the more popular interior design ideas for tall city buildings.
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ATTACHED (GARAGE): Refers to a garage that is architecturally part of the house.
Interior design ideas for an attached garage may include converting your garage into a separate apartment, or maybe a home office.
Shown below, a split level home with an attached two-car garage.
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ATTACHED (HOUSE): Refers to a house that is physically attached to one or more adjacent houses.
Attached houses do not share a common wall, but there is no space between the two structures. Some attached houses are built one on top of the other.
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ATTIC: A slanted room located inside the Angle Drive of a roof. The attic is typically an unfinished, uninsulated space that is most often used for storage.
At some cost to the homeowner, an unfinished attic can be converted into a charming extra room. An attic refinished into an extra room is commonly known as a loft.
Some interior design ideas for attic spaces are shown below.
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ATTIC ACCESS: A door on or near the ceiling that allows entry into an attic space. A ceiling attic access door typically features a pull-down ladder.
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ATTIC VENTILATOR: A screened opening built into an attic to provide adequate airflow.
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AUGER: A large, handheld drilling tool with a helix-shaped bit on the end.
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AVIATION SNIPS: A scissor-like tool that is used for cutting sheet metal. Handy for many interior design ideas.
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AWL: A simple tool with a metal point on one end, which can be used for punching holes through tough materials, along with other cool interior design ideas.
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AWNING: A canvas overhang attached to the exterior wall of a building, providing shade for a building window or entranceway.
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