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Have you decided to make that call for a kitchen, bathroom, or whole home remodel, but were a bit nervous about all the vocabulary used in the business? Fear not, here is a glossary we have created to renovate yourself with the terminology needed to get through this exciting time for you and your new remodel!

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110 Line:

A 110 Line refers to the amount of voltage going to the outlet in your home. 110 volts are the minimum amount of current needed to run most things electrical in your home. Televisions and computers will work simply fine with a 110 Line.

 220 Line:

Double the voltage of the 110 Line, the 220 Line is sufficient for the larger appliances in your abode. Hot water heaters, stoves, and dryers need the 220 line to push power to these devices.

Acrylic Paint:

Acrylic paint is water-based, fast-drying paint commonly utilized by painters for over 60 years. Acrylic paint can be applied as thin or thick as needed, varying by adding just water.


The All-In-Rate is the overall price tag, comprising all immediate and unplanned expenses for that project or build. These expenditures would involve the gross hourly fee of hiring the site operatives, centered upon the typical working week for the county of Orange, containing elements such as insurances, legal subsidies, and taxes.


An allowance is the detailed sum of money involved in your construction plan which is earmarked to be expended on a particular thing or service, the cost of which has not yet been determined.

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Aluminum Paint:

Aluminum paint describes a dye that is solvent created which is packed with aluminum flecks. Aluminum paint has a defensive metallic polish used primarily on metal surfaces like pipes, roofs, and storage reservoirs.

Angle Stop or Angle Supply:

A shutoff valve in which the inlet connects to the water supply pipe in the wall. The outlet angles 90 degrees upward toward the faucet or toilet to allow gravity to work in conjunction with the angle itself.


An Architect is an individual who designs, projects, and supervises the creation of buildings. The Architect delivers essential services in relation to the construction of buildings, and the space surrounding the site.


Asbestos is the name specified to a cluster of organically occurring minerals that are impervious to heat and deterioration. Asbestos is well known as a health risk, and its use is now extremely controlled by both OSHA and the EPA.


As-builts are a modified set of diagrams proposed by a contractor upon conclusion of a venture or a specific duty. As-builds signify all alterations made in the descriptions and running illustrations throughout the erection development.

Awning Window:

Awning windows are hinged on the highest point, then open away from the base. This allots for air circulation and safeguards against incoming rain. Awning windows are positioned elevated on walls for solitude, or in an arrangement with larger static windows for a clearer point of view.


A baseboard is normally a wood or vinyl panel encompassing the bottom portion of an interior wall. A baseboard’s function is to cover up the connection amongst the wall exterior and the flooring.

 Bay Window:

A bay window is a window that sticks out from the outside wall of a house. As well as a window or string of windows creating a cove in a space, then projecting outwards from the wall.


A bid is the procedure of presenting a proposal to embark on or oversee the task of a construction development. The bidding begins with a price assessment from plans and raw materials.

Bill Of Quantities:

A bill of quantities is a manuscript written by a quantity surveyor supplying specifics of the costs, proportions, etc, of the supplies needed to build a sizeable edifice, such as a workshop or plant.


Blistering can mean: Boils, or lumps in a plaster completed coat. Or, the abnormal lifting of a weak coating at the exterior of positioned mortar or concrete for the duration of, or soon after, the conclusion of the final procedure. In the issue of piping, after spinning can cause blistering.


Blueprints are two-dimensional illustrations that include all the specifics that are required for a build job. Blueprints are necessary to apply for permits, verify the construction timetable, and ultimately do the erection and assembly itself.


Blushing is a pallid or grayish hue on high luster paint. Blushing ensues from the precipitation of binder solids unsettling, therefore incompatible with any solvent, water, or oil.

Bond or Bonding:

Bonding occurs when Bitumen (asphalt) is used to coat exposed surfaces of roofing felt. Bonding in construction can refer to a risk management implementation utilized to safeguard project owners and developers.

Bow Window:

A box window is a smoothed bay window which protrudes from the countenance of a wall in a structure shaped of a sphere.

Box Crib:

A box crib or cribbing is a provisional wooden edifice employed to sustain substantial pieces during construction and relocation. A box crib is normally made of 3 varieties: Four-sided bars, slabs (also termed shims), and step chocks.

Cabinet Soffit:

A cabinet soffit is a box-like shape built underneath the ceiling yet directly above your cabinetry. A cabinet soffit hides the inner mechanisms of your house, such as electric wiring and pipelines.

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Casement Window:

Casement windows are hinged on the wing and turn open outwards to the left or right, permitting full top to end aeration to your home.


Casing is the trim around a entrance, window pane or opening on the inside of the facade of a building. Casing is applying a finish material all around the opening, therefore closing in the structural surrounding around the opening.


Caulking is the function of a grout and/or sealant to secure fissures, joints, seams or cracks amongst immobile construction modules. Caulking keeps water and outdoor air away from the inside of a building.

Change Order:

A change order is a written document to the service provider signed by the owner and the architect. Issuing a change after the implementation of the contract, therefore approving a change in the job, or an alteration in the contract.

Circuit Breaker:

A circuit breaker is an mechanically controlled electric switch over intended to safeguard an electrical circuit from harm triggered by an excess of electricity or short circuit. A circuit breakers purpose is to sense a fault and instantaneously terminate electrical current.

Concrete Board or Wonder Board:

Concrete board is a panel fashioned from fiberglass and concrete which is typically applied as a ceramic tile support substance. Wonder board is frequently employed in the bathtub.

Construction Contract:

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A construction contract is an accord that establishes the extent and stipulations of labor for a construction plan. It is a contract between the service provider performing the construction and the individual or corporation who employs them to do the job.

Construction Schedule:

A construction schedule involves the time agenda, crucial directions, or additional organizing tools detailing the start and completion dates of the procedures.

Cost-Plus Contract:

A cost-plus contract is an arrangement that stipulates the purchaser will pay the supplier for construction costs specified in the pact. An extra percentage to offer the servicer with a correct profit margin.

Cycle Time:

Cycle time can be characterized as the time needed in finishing an undertaking from the start to the finish for the period of a trenchless construction job.


A deed is an endorsed authorized paper that permits its owner certain rights to a property (providing they meet a number of requirements). Deeds are most frequently used to handover the possession of land amongst two groups.


A diverter is a spigot (occasionally mechanical) at a confluence of a pipe. A diverter is employed to shift the flow from one area to another.

Door Header:

A door header is a fundamental element directly over a door opening. A door header upholds the ends of joists & rafters, relocating the heaviness of the latter to the parallel joists or rafters.

Double Glazing:

Double glazing is when two pieces of glass, typically parallel, along with an air space sandwiched between, provides improved thermal and/or noise padding.

Double Hung Window:

A double hung window has two upright sliding sashes, each one shutting a separate part of the window. The stress of each sash is offset for improvement of opening and closing.

Drop Sheet or Drop Cloth:

A drop cloth is a sizeable piece of fabric, newspapers, or plastic which is strewn over the ground, furniture, etc., as a defense to counter paint drippage and spray.

Dry Rot:

Dry rot is the deterioration of seasoned lumber triggered by fungi and other life forms adept at transporting water into the wood they infect.

Drywall or Gypsum Board:

Drywall is any assorted, sizable inflexible layers of finishing material utilized in drywall assembly to face the inside walls of homes and other buildings.

Elongated Bowl:

An elongated toilet bowl is oval, reaching several inches farther into the entrance of the bathroom. Elongated bowls look more modern in appearance.

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Expansion Joint:

An expansion joint is an assemblage intended to hold components collectively while carefully absorbing thermally caused expansion and contraction of a structure.

Fixed Price Contract:

A fixed price contract establishes an overall cost for all construction associated endeavors throughout a job build. The contractor will assess the entire labor and material expenses, then carry out the project for the set fee, irrespective of the real price.


A fixture is a private belonging that becomes genuine property once affixed to a building or structure. Lighting is the most common fixture in homes.

Floor Plan:

A floor plan is a sketch to size, displaying a viewpoint from directly above. Measurements are typically drawn amongst the walls to identify room proportions and wall sizes.

Forced Air Heating:

A forced-air central heating system is one that utilizes air as its temperature allocation standard. Forced air heating depends on ductwork and exhausts as means of air delivery.

Frame Wall:

Wall frames include studs, wall plates, and beams which operate as a securing support for all coverings, supports for the upper floors, ceiling, and roof.

French Hinged Door:

French hinged doors are frequently one duo of light assembly of glass panes stretching for nearly all of its duration. French Hinged Doors can be described as French windows as well.


A frieze describes any lengthy, slender, flat board or band utilized for ornamental reasons. Secondarily, a horizontal constituent linking the pinnacle of the siding with the soffit of the cornice.


A fuse is a tool frequently discovered in mature homes intended to avoid overloads in electric wires. Fuses safeguard against ignition of your electrical system.

General Contractor:

people working on building a home

A general contractor is a faction with the obligation to manage a production job and who has entered into the primary agreement with the home titleholder.


A GFCI is a mechanism whose purpose is to disrupt the electrical circuit to load when a fault current to ground surpasses some programmed number.


Gallons per flush: In 1992, the U.S. administration required that lavatories utilize no more than 1.6 gpf, altering modern-day construction and production.


Graining is the procedure of emulating wood grain on a non-wood exterior. On somewhat unattractive wood surfaces, graining increases that surface’s esthetic allure.


Grout is a damp blend of cement, sand and water that streams into brickwork or earthenware fissures to close the gaps amongst the various sections.

 Hand Shower:

A hand shower is normally marketed in packs that consist of a removable hose with a holder to mount the showerhead.


Hardboard is a building material constructed of wood fiber compacted into layers. Hardboard is employed significantly in building.

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30+ Remodeling & Construction Terms Defined was last modified: July 5th, 2023 by admin