The anatomy of…

Anyone who has ever experienced my struggling for a correct structural term, name of a tool or other fine point of building terminology will understand why I thought writing an ‘anatomy of…’ series was a good idea.

This series of posts will be about laying bare the basics of building through annotated diagrams so that a layman like me can better understand and use the vocabulary of building terms. If you’ve ever asked yourself what exactly is a purlin, a stud wall or a trickle vent then hopefully I’ll start to provide some answers…

There’ll be a bias toward the types of structures found in my barn, but I’ll try to cover other types of construction as far as I am able to.

It will also be a chance for me to try out and develop some skill with Google’s excellent SketchUp 3D modelling tool.

The series starts with: The Anatomy of a Roof then The Anatomy of a Floor.