Helpful Building Terms
Bow - A curved projection formed by at least five windows joined at obtuse angles.
Clerestory - An outside wall of a room or building that rises above an adjoining roof and contains windows.
Dentil - One of a series of small projecting rectangular blocks forming a molding under an overhang, most common in Colonial Style homes.
Dormer - A structure projecting from a roof, containing a window (looks like a small dog house)
Footprint - The outline of a home's foundation - used for site planning.
Gable - The vertical traingular end of a building from the eaves to the ridge.
Gable Roof - A roof consisting of two rectangular planes sloping up to a ridge.
Hip Roof - A roof with sloping ends and sides that meet at a ridge.
Keystone - A wedge shaped detail at the top of an arch.
Lanai - A patio or Veranda
Palladian Window - A window arrangement with a half-round window on top of a wider rectangular window.
Porte cochere - A covered drive-thru structure that extends from the side of a home.
Quoin - A large square or rectangular stone set into the corner of a masonry building.
Sidelight - A vertical window beside a door or another window.
Transom Window - A narrow window above another window or door.
Tray Ceiling - A recessed ceiling - sometimes with the sides sloped at an angle.
Vaulted Ceiling - A ceiling that slopes up to a peak. Like an upside down V