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Glossary Terms Archive

A.M. kitchen

A morning kitchen, or A.M. kitchen is a luxury feature found in the master bed rooms. It offers a small refrigerator, counter-top, and sink. This is used for preparing juice and coffee while getting ready in the morning, without going to the main kitchen. Often found in master suites but can also be located in secluded guest suites.

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Baluster

A baluster— also called spindle or stair stick—is a moulded shaft, square or of lathe-turned form, a form cut from a rectangular or square plank, one of various forms of spindle in woodwork, made of stone or wood and sometimes of metal, standing on a unifying footing, and supporting the coping of a parapet or the handrail of a staircase. Multiplied in this way, they form a balustrade. Individually, a baluster shaft may describe the turned form taken by a brass or silver candlestick, an upright furniture support, or the stem of a brass chandelier, etc.

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Beach House

A beach house is a house on or near a beach, generally used as a vacation or second home for people who commute to the house on weekends or during vacation periods. Beach houses are often associated with beach gardens with a special planting and a particular type of leisure use. The exteriors may have lap siding with standing seam metal roofs reflecting a true cottage style or they may be stucco clad with barrel tile roofs indicative of a Mediterranean villa, either completely at home in a coastal resort environment. Many beach style house plans feature elevated living spaces over an island style basement that is fitted to coastal site conditions where flooding is a concern. These lower spaces may feature parking, storage and unfinished areas that can be converted into such uses as game rooms, exercise rooms, or flex rooms that can accommodate visiting grandchildren (conditional upon site zoning requirements).

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