interior_design_mug-resized-600Every profession has it’s own special language and Interior Design, Architecture and Construction are no different.

Each week I will be giving you definitions for words beginning with different letters of the alphabet and will continue through the alphabet until we are done with all the letters.

Here are more words beginning with “S”.

Shop Drawings


Shop drawings refer to the actual drawing which are to be used for the construction of a project.  They are used for cabinets, furniture, framing, electrical, and all the trades of construction.  They are the official plans with accurate dimensions as opposed to sketches or rough drawings that were prepared before all the information was available or selected.  They are the way the designer and the fabricator communicate – it is their language!



Soffits refer to a lowered surface in an opening, the bottom of an overhang or a framed out lowered section of a ceiling.



SAB is an abbreviation of Sound Attenuation Batts.  They look like insulation regular batts but have higher acoustic suppression properties and are noncombustible.  It is important that they fit tightly into all the crevices for them to be effective.



Spandrel generally refers to the  decorative space on the sides and top of an arch which fills in the triangular space between the arch and the rectangular molding around it.  In many classic buildings these spandrels are heavily carved.


Specs or specifications are the way of communicating to an installer or fabricator what you want to be done.  They are a list instead of a drawing of directions for the fabrication or construction of a project or object.  They are used for clarification and to cover a person if there is an error made and litigation ensues.

 Staggered Construction


When walls are built with staggered studs, they are constructed so that the two studs do not align with each other in order to alleviate sound transmission.  There is also a gap where insulation or sound batting can be woven through for further sound deadening.  These walls are slightly thicker than the standard stud wall.