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We’ll use this section to define some of the commonly-used terms from our lexicon that seem to confuse people and elaborate on what they mean, why we use them, etc. Here’s a very quick example of a few terms we should define:

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A


Allowances
Architect

B


Backfill
Backfilling
Balloon Wall(s)
Baluster
BCI
Blasting
Breeze

C


Casing
Cellulose Insulation
Ceramic Flooring
Certificate of Occupancy (CO)
Changeorder(s)
Cladding (aluminum vs vinyl clad)
Coffered Ceiling
Comp Shingle
Concrete Slab
Construction Loan

D


Deck vs Porch
Design Contract
Design/Build
Designer
Draftsman

E


Engineered Wood
Expandable Soils
Finish Schedule

F


Fire Supression
Floating Wall(s)
Footers
French Drain

G


Gable(s)
Geothermal
Gingerbread
Glass Block
Granite Composite
Hangars

H


Hip Roof(s)

I


Inspection(s)

J


Joists

K


L


Lath & Plaster
Low Voltage
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

M


Marble vs Granite

N


Natural Gas

O


One-Step Close Loan
Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
Overdig

P


Permanent Loan (Mortgage)
PEX Pipe
Plans vs Floor Plans vs Conceptual Designs vs Construction Drawings (CDs) vs Blueprints
Plywood
Post & Beam
Propane
Punch List

Q


R


Radiant Heat
Radon
Recirculating hot water pump

S


Scuppers
Selections
Septic System
Sheetrock/Drywall/Backerboard
Skip Trowel
Slab
Soils Report
Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar Thermal
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Subfloor
Subfloor Adhesive
Swails

T


Tap Fees
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO)
Timber frame/Timberframe
Tinning
Title Insurance
TJI
Tray Ceiling
Truss(es)

U


Underlayment

V


W


Wattles
Well

X


Y


Z


Zero-step garage