AR­CHI­TEC­TURE TERMS DECODED

Timber Home Living - - Architech, Design, & Engineers -

Brush up on your de­sign lingo be­fore get­ting started on your cus­tom home build.

Cir­cu­la­tion: Also termed “flow,” cir­cu­la­tion de­scribes how your de­sign will ac­com­mo­date peo­ple mov­ing through­out your home on a daily ba­sis.

Con­text: Cre­at­ing a de­sign that fits its sur­round­ings not only in size but in style, pro­por­tions, ma­te­ri­als, use and so on. A house that may seem out of con­text to some is typ­i­cally one that doesn’t fit in with some, or any, of the neigh­bor­ing build­ings or nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. So, for ex­am­ple, think about the sur­round­ing land­scape when plan­ning your tim­ber home de­sign as well as the look of nearby prop­er­ties.

Junc­ture: Loosely, this term refers to how ma­te­ri­als are put to­gether in your home plan. How ma­te­ri­als in­ter­sect in­flu­ences how the build­ing will age and what main­te­nance is­sues will arise. For ex­am­ple, if the junc­ture be­tween the sid­ing and a win­dow or door isn’t prop­erly de­tailed, a leak — and sub­se­quent main­te­nance — may re­sult.

Pro­gram: Used fre­quently by ar­chi­tects, this term refers to your wish list — ba­si­cally a writ­ten (or saved on­line) de­scrip­tion of what you want and what you need and what you’re will­ing to pay for. This could also re­fer to a notebook of saved ideas or dig­i­tal pho­tos, so make sure you share all of this with your de­sign pro­fes­sional.

Scale: How the sizes of ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments re­late to one another. When an ar­chi­tect says some­thing like, “The scale of that build­ing is all wrong,” it gen­er­ally means that the build­ing’s size doesn’t fit its sur­round­ings. If a build­ing has a “good scale,” it im­plies that the pieces are sized to cor­re­late with one another.

Spa­tial or­ga­ni­za­tion: How the rooms (or spa­ces) in a home or build­ing are ar­ranged to make sense for the way you live.

Struc­ture: A lot of ar­chi­tec­tural terms have mul­ti­ple mean­ings. “Struc­ture” is one. While it can re­fer to the com­po­nents (beams, joists, col­umns, rafters, foot­ings) that hold up a build­ing, it can also re­fer to the way a space is or­ga­nized.

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