Home Building Glossary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

B (cont.)

 

Building Line
Boundary lines within a specific property that identify an area within which a constructed house must lie.

 

Building Permit
Certified privilege to build a house, issued by the Building Inspection office of a city or county, subjecting the construction project to inspection and mandatory compliance with building codes.

C

 

Casing
A type of interior trim material (molding) used to accentuate windows and door frames.

 

Cellulose Insulation
A type of wall and attic insulation made from recycled newspaper, that is sprayed into place in either wet or dry form.

Chair Rail
A type of interior trim material (molding) installed on walls in horizontal sections, typically 32-40 inches above floor level.

Compaction Test
A test measuring soil density to determine its ability to support a building foundation.

Composite Door
A lightweight, hollow-core door made of engineered wood fiber, commonly sold as a unit that includes door frame and casing.

Conduit
Metal or PVC tubing used to protect underground or subsurface electrical wiring.

Cost Per Square Foot
A general measure of approximate building cost, determined by dividing total cost of construction by the number of heated and cooled square feet.

 

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