Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Porch - a glossary of words

I've been noticing porches in my neighborhood recently, and it is really fun looking at the different aspects of the porch and actually knowing the language.

Here are some words I've recently learned referring to different aspects of a porch.

Baluster - One of the small upright posts that support rail and sometimes connect to a lower rail.

Balustrade - The entire railing enclosing a porch, staircase, balcony, or deck, made up of a series of balusters.

Gingerbread Trim - Ornate wood decoration common on Victorian homes.

Header - Horizontal framing member above the porch posts.

Lattice - Decorative, openwork wooden panels often used to fill the space from the porch floor to the ground

Newel - The post at the top or bottom of the stairs.

Ornament - This includes millwork, moldings, gingerbread trim, and other detailing added for decoration.

Pediment - A low-pitched gable often used as a porch roof.

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