Architectural Salvage Terms to Become a Far more Educated Shopper


Like medicine, the law, engineering and most professions there are some terms that are utilised by “the pros” that produce a distinctive dialogue that those individuals who perform in the field use. Architectural Salvage has it is personal “jargon” that salvage operatives use. In my final article I told you some techniques to find the architectural treasures in your location…In this report I will give you 5 interesting architectural terms to use as you discover the planet of salvaged items!

1. Newel posts- These are the superb architectural pieces that supply the assistance at the starting of a staircase. They normally are fairly detailed and make wonderful “stand alone” accent pieces for your designs.

2. Ballusters- Spindles that connect the prime and bottom railing of a staircase. In a previous write-up I explained how to turn them into candle holders. They also make lovely wood trim particulars when ripped in half on a table saw.

three. Plinth Blocks- Sometime also referred to as “bullseyes”. These are truly fascinating square molding accents with very unusual carving or elevations. They are normally square and from 1″ to 6″ on every single side. Excellent accents for a table, wall or base of a vertical design piece.

4. Crown Molding- Decorative wood trim usually employed at the junction of ceiling and wall as a visual accent. This molding also tends to make “killer” picture frames with a architectural accent.

5. Window guards- Some of our preferred decorative products! For style as nicely as decorative purposes. These are iron security gates that were constructed with “returns” on the leading and bottom of each sides of the iron piece so that it could be secured to a wall and cover the window. The returns make it quite straightforward to secure them to a interior or exterior wall. They range in style from basic to very elaborate and are wonderful to use in your home or garden.

We have been receiving alot of people coming into our salvage retailer and struggling more than how to describe the architectural items they are looking for. I will send out to cyberspace some “buzz words” on a standard basis and enhance my readers vocabulary (architectural).

We hope that you can use this jargon to “impress your pals” and “show off a tiny” on your subsequent go to to your favored antique retailer, salvage yard or demolition firm. We’ll give you a tiny far more “ammunition to fire with” next time!