“You know that thing? No, not that thing next to the chimney, on top…” Are these snippets of conversations familiar to anyone? Whether it’s the name of a structural detail or design element you don’t know, here are a few terms to throw down while chatting with your contractor or if you find the need to impress your neighbor.
Cricket - A second, small, pointed roof that diverts rainwater around something, such as a chimney, that projects out of a primary roof.
Scuttle - A ceiling opening with a cover or hatchway.
Efflorescence – The weathering on exposed bricks or stones that looks white and powdery. It appears when natural salts in the materials leach out and crystallize.
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