Construction Glossary and Terms

Building site, Construction Glossary and Terms

  • Area wells

    Corrugated metal or concrete barrier walls installed around a basement window to hold back the earth.

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  • Architect

    One who has completed a course of study in building and design, and is licenced by the state as an…

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  • Apron

    — A trim board that is installed beneath a window sill.

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  • Anchor bolts

    Bolts to secure a wooden sill plate to concrete, or masonry floor, or wall.

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  • Amortization

    A payment plan by which a loan is reduced through monthly payments of principal and interest.

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  • Allowance

    A sum of money set aside in the construction contract for items which have not been selected and specified in…

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  • Aggregate

    A mixture of sand and stone and a major component of concrete. The materials commonly used as the aggregate for…

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  • Aerator

    The round screened screw-on tip of a sink spout. It mixes water and air for a smooth flow.

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  • Zoning

    A governmental process and specification which limits the use of a property e.g. single family use, commercial, industrial use, etc.…

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  • Drywall

    Interior covering material, such as gypsum board or plywood, which is applied in large sheets or panels. (or gypsum wallboard…

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