House Parts You Didn’t Know Had a Name

House Parts Defined

Ever tried pointing out an architectural detail to somebody, only to fumble for what to call it? Or put in a call to a contractor to fix a part of your home and have to call it “you know, that thingamajig”? Don’t worry, it’s happened to all us. So to help you out the next time you need to identify a part of a structure or a design element, here’s a handful of definitions that even some of our TOH editors weren’t familiar with. Have you ever looked at your Evanston roofer and asked, “what is that technically called?” Now you can know! Below are descriptions of places in your home that you never knew had a name! 

Bargeboard

A board attached to the edge of a gable roof. In house styles such as Gothic Revival and Tudor, bargeboards often bear intricate carvings or colorful painted details. Also called vergeboard or gableboard.

Cricket

A second, small, pointed roof that diverts rainwater around something, such as a chimney, that projects out of a primary roof.

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.

Haunch

The curving part of an arch that’s bookended by the peak of the arch and either a capital or molding abutment.

Spandrel

The wall space between the outer string of a stair and the floor, or wall space between the shoulder of an arch and the outer walls.

Tympanum

The triangular, recessed center area of a pediment that’s bordered by moldings.

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