The process of building a custom structure can be overwhelming on many levels, and some might even find it intimidating. If you have never been through the process before, it could elicit a little bit of fear and get you out of your comfort zone.
One of the ways to alleviate any anxiety you might have is to do your research, especially when it comes to the lingo used in the industry. To help guide you through this process, below is a list of architectural terms and some basic definitions you should familiarize yourself with prior to starting the journey of your build:
The art of designing a building that is to be constructed.
ARCHITECTURAL SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (ASI)
These are additional instructions or interpretations added to architecture plans.
BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BMI)
The digital modeling of a building or structure, usually done on a computer. This model often gives you a 3D rendering of the project.
A pathway to exit a building. These are emergency escape routes from the inside of the building to the outside.
The face or outside of a building. It could be used to describe all sides, but in some cases only refers to the side that faces the street.
How the building is intended to be used once complete.
The upright support of a structure.
TIME AND MATERIALS
Time and Materials (T&M) contracts are drawn up to outline the project when it comes to pricing and timeline.
A thin sheet of material that is added to the exterior of a building. This is often wood, metal, stucco, brick, or even plastic.