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Welcome to our glossary of home improvement terms.  Below we set out definitions and explanations for various home improvement and gardening terms and concepts.

What is Bohemian Style?

Related: 22 Different Types of Interior Design Styles What is Bohemian style? Bohemian style isn’t about rules. In fact, it’s the opposite. Bohemian ─ also known as boho ─ is about being who you are, displaying what you love, creating a relaxing and comfortable space. It is colorful, eclectic, multi-cultural, creative, easygoing, and natural. At the same …

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What is Queen Anne Architecture?

You may hear that a certain neighborhood has Queen Anne architecture, or hear someone say they have a Queen Anne house. It sounds incredibly regal and important, but do you know what this architectural style looks like? Queen Anne architecture was trendy during an era named for a whole different Queen of England, but this …

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What is Gothic Architecture?

To lots of people, the word Gothic conjures up images of Dracula in a dusty old castle, or maybe disgruntled youth wearing a lot of black clothing. It’s something dark and disturbed, spooky, and surreal. But for architecture enthusiasts, Gothic means stained glass windows, beautiful churches, lots of natural light, and stunning detail. Gothic architecture …

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What is Italianate Architecture?

The name is a little misleading, but the Italianate style isn’t really Italian. This is really a distinctly American architecture style. In fact, Italianate architecture is so common to the U.S., it’s also known as the American style. What sets this style apart from actual Italian architecture and where can you find examples of this …

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What is an Earthship? (Sustainable Living Explained)

If you’ve ever driven through New Mexico or Arizona, you may have journeyed through neighborhoods that are reminiscent of the planet Tatooine from Star Wars. Not only due to the desolate and striking desert biome, but because of the unique structures that are seemingly built into the landscape. I myself experienced this when road-tripping from …

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What is a Butt Joint in Wood Joinery? (Detailed Explanation with Photos)

Woodworking is a noble profession that has been around for a very long time. To be more precise, Ancient Egyptian woodworkers used mortise and tenon joints around the pre-dynastic period — this is right around the time of the first Pharaoh (hey, even Jesus was a carpenter)! We looked into all the different types of …

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What is a Dovetail Joint? (Details and Photos)

Sometimes I think about what will be left behind and studied from our current time period. I think it’s safe to assume that the cabinet you found on the side of the road and abused during your entire University career will not be one of those things. The traditional way of building things tends to …

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What is a Corn Bulb (It May Not Be What You Think!)

Lightbulbs have come a long way in the past 150 or so years. Starting out with entirely toxic materials and hairstyles resembling Doc from Back to the Future, we have emerged triumphant, deliciously energy efficient, and with perfectly coiffed hair. The LED corn light is the shiny new alternative to high-pressure sodium lamps that are …

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What is the Tongue and Groove Joint (Why Do We Use It?)

There is something inherently special about going into an antique store and observing the detailed craftsmanship of the wooden furniture. Hinges with ornate designs, initials carved into corners,… the care and attention put into these pieces are obvious and make for a meaningful and timeless item. Unfortunately, certain methods of woodworking become obsolete over time …

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What is the Mortise and Tenon Joint? (Photo Examples)

Let’s just be honest about it – the mortise and tenon joint is literally a peg in a hole. Why do have to get into all these fancy terminologies for an action humans have been implicating since time itself?! If you’re curious about why this terminology was chosen, we can ask the French. “Mortise” comes …

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What are Lap Joints in Woodworking? (Pros and Cons)

Before the invention of useful modern tools, humans had to rely on simple physics to hold together the structures they built. They found that when evenly distributing pressure throughout an entire material, a joint can withstand more pressure and weight than joints that use external additions (like an adhesive) to hold themselves together. Lap joints …

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Georgian Home Architectural Style Guide – What is Georgian Style?

Let’s figure out what exactly is meant by Georgian style architecture. The above-featured image is a poster-child Georgian home as we know them in the US… symmetrical, red brick (not all have red brick mind you), imposing. Related: Types of Houses | Architectural Styles | Beautiful Houses | Red Brick Houses | Plantation Home Designs …

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Ranch Style Home Décor Guide – What is a Rancher?

Related: Types of home architectural styles | Types of houses | Beautiful Houses | Rancher vs. 2-Story House | Farm Houses | Plantation Home Designs What is a Ranch Style Home? A ranch home, aka rancher, is usually defined as a house with a long profile, large windows, and generally an open layout. While a …

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What Is Vintage Style Home Décor? Epic Style Guide Here

  Vintage style is kind of an enigma. In fact, it’s not really a recognized interior design but on the flip side it’s used in reference to interiors and furnishings all the time so we just had to cover it. We took a stab at explaining it and finding great photo examples. Hopefully, this helps …

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