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What is the Difference Between Brick and Brick Veneer?

Have you ever heard the term brick veneer and wondered what the difference is between it and regular brick? Is brick veneer made from a different type of brick, or perhaps a thinner or hollow brick? In reality, the terms “brick” and “brick veneer have …

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What is the Maximum Spacing for Anchor Bolts?

Typically, information on anchor bolt spacing will be contained within your construction drawing set. If you don’t have a set of drawings to work from, you’ll want to reference your local building code for information. According to the International Building Code (IBC), the maximum spacing …

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What is the Difference Between a Site Plan and a Floor Plan?

Both site plans and floor plans are orthographic projection drawings viewed from above ground looking down. They are essentially complimentary plans which show different details of a proposed or existing building and its surroundings. Site plans detail the exterior portions surrounding a building structure, while …

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What is the Purpose of a Bond Beam?

Bond beams, also called lintel blocks, are used in masonry construction to provide continuous horizontal reinforcement. This is typically achieved by filling U-shaped masonry units with grout or concrete and steel reinforcement. The purpose of a bond beam is to provide horizontal structural support above …

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Do Cavity Walls Need Ventilation?

When moisture enters into an exterior wall, it can potentially cause problems with the various materials contained inside the wall cavity. As such, you may be wondering if ventilation is required for cavity wall construction. Traditional cavity walls do not require ventilation. They are designed …

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Do Drywall Seams Have to Be on a Stud?

When installing or detailing drywall, or gypsum board, you may be wondering if you need to dimension the pieces centered on the studs of the wall or ceiling you are working with. Ideally you want to make sure that the drywall seams are centered on …

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Proportion and Scale in Architecture

Proportion and scale are used extensively in architecture to create forms that are both functional and pleasing to the eye. Establishing a balance between the two is what separates great architecture from other types of structures. Designers use scale to create compositions that are appropriate …

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Elements of Circulation in Architecture

Circulation in architecture refers to the way people move throughout a building, and how they interact with the physical space around them. Circulation also occurs prior to entering a building, as people approach a structure. While people by nature ultimately decide which way they chose …