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Navigating your way through building terminology

For many of us, building our first home is an incredibly exciting,
once-in-a-lifetime experience that will form one of the greatest moments and create some of the best memories of your life. It can also be quite a complex and confusing journey as you are likely not to have been through the experience before. Along with learning all sorts of new concepts will be a bunch of technical industry terms and lingo that you’ll have to familiarise yourself with. Today we present you with some of the more common basic terms you’ll likely encounter.

Understanding a few of these terms will help you feel more at ease with the process, however, if ever you need clarification our friendly team here at Marigold is always here to help.

It is installed at the edge of a staircase, balcony or terrace to stop people from  falling.

A beam runs horizontally along the main walls of a building supporting the

A sloping edge to avoid a sharp angle, it is created for either safety or aesthetic  reason

A line established by the local council which is the minimum distance that must  be maintained between the building and the street or road boundary. 

All construction projects in Australia require a bill of quantities (BOQ) which  details the estimated costs of the project 

Material that is used as an interior or exterior finishing such as concrete, masonry,  wood or glass 

A computer-aided design (CAD) uses architecture software to create a detailed  model of a building to speed up processes and aid accuracy in measurements. 

Commonly used as a fundamental material for framing a building, it is a panel  made from plaster that is covered in cardboard 

Easements refer to the right to use or enter parts of a property, a right way of an  easement is needed to run electricity, water or gas across another owner’s  property.

The section of the roof that overhangs a wall, usually used for shade and  collecting and diverting rainwater. 

This is a two-dimensional image of any side of a building. 

The floor plan refers to the layout of the building. 

A natural or built-up formation of soil, sub-soil or rock upon which a building is  supported.

Non-structural elements made from timber or metal that are made off-site,  including stairs, doors, cupboards, and window frames. 

A load-bearing wall carries the load of the structure above it, as such, it cannot be  removed without compromising the integrity of the structure.  

This refers to brickwork or stonework. 

It is a pit at or below the lowest point of any structure, the sump collects  unwanted water, also called a drain pit. 

Marigold is here to walk you through the transition to becoming a homeowner  and make it as simple, easy and exciting as it should be. Why not get in contact  and choose Marigold to build your forever home.  

Call today on 1300 888 181 or email