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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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ARCOLOGY: A combination of the words "architecture" and "ecology." The term refers to the design of low-impact human habitats for densely populated areas.
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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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ASH: A very tough, straight-grained hardwood that absorbs shock without splintering.
Ash is typically used for making tool handles and baseball bats, but is also used for interior design ideas involving floors, cabinets, and furniture.
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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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