Top 3 Renovations to Put on Your List to Increase Your Home’s Value

We have good news! Despite the Canadian economy and housing market alike having been hit hard by the changes brought about by the pandemic, the good news is that Edmonton’s housing market seems to be beating these odds.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation predicted a historic recession for 2020, “with significant declines in all housing indicators.” The Realtors Association of Edmonton reported that total residential unit sales in the Edmonton area real estate market for July 2020 increased
13.58% compared to July 2019 and increased 5.61% from June 2020. The number of new residential listings is up year over year, and residential average prices are up to $369,805, a slight increase from July last year, and up from June 2020.

So now is the time to start (or finish) those renovations that you’ve been planning and get that house on the market! Renovations can have a big impact on property value — investing in regular upkeep and updates to spaces like the kitchen and bathroom can help add equity and value to your home. Here’s a quick look at some renovation options with a high return on investment.
The three most beneficial rooms to update:

  1. Kitchen – It’s the heart of the home and the most important room in the home in terms of valuation, so it’s worth investing to modernize and update this space. Updating cabinets, installing under cabinet lighting, flooring and new appliances are a few high return updates. Once the kitchen is renovated, the recoverable value is an estimated 75% (or higher) at resale.
  2. Bathroom – An easy opportunity for a refresh. Like the kitchen, bathrooms are a big influence on buyer’s decisions. Fresh paint, stylish tile work and updated fixtures do wonders. Working with a small space? Use eye-fooling tricks to make your bathroom look larger by swapping an old, clunky vanity for a sleek floating sink, installing updated light fixtures, or changing up the paint.
  3. Basement – Is it time to consider finishing that basement? Turn that open space into a playroom, work from home office / kids school workspace, or cozy living room that will add equity and valuable space to your home. LED pot lights are a popular basement fixture that are low maintenance and will save on your energy costs. Another popular option is upgrading the basement into a basement suite. Perfect for your teenagers now and rental income later.

    We’d be happy to help your renovation plans come to life. You can view our past projects for some inspiration. Get in touch with us today to book your consultation!

Community Over Competition – A Shout-out to Our Clients and Community

Now more than ever we recognize the importance of small businesses in our community. We wanted to highlight some of the work we’ve done within our great community, and also share what some of our past clients have been up to. These last few months have been hard on small businesses and we wanted to give a shout-out to our friends at these great locations! 

Headquarters Restaurant and Bar – We were happy to work with Headquarters on the interior design and construction of their new restaurant and bar. We completely overhauled this 6000+ square foot space, stripping the building down to bare bones and removing 30 tonnes of rubble! From custom furniture and millwork to plumbing and paint, we helped this team realize their vision. Rivet partnered with local vendors, including E2 Signs and Designs and YEG Woodworks to add character and truly brand the newly renovated restaurant. 

We also incorporated some elements from the clients’ previously owned restaurant —we love the personal touches, and the comfortable vibe of this space. 

Headquarters is open for business! They are following the government’s guidelines for dine-in with 50% capacity allowed in the restaurant, bar and patio. Their takeout menu is in full force and they are offering daily soups to go. Summer is almost here and we’re excited to hit the patio for a tasty beverage and some great eats!

La Patrona Restaurant – If you’ve been in this local Mexican restaurant, you know the first thing you notice is the lively and bright decor! The next, of course, is the delicious food (Nicole recommends the Flautas or the Al Pastor tacos!) In this restaurant, we did a small and quick facelift (design and construction), updating the floors, paint, bench seating, lighting and some wall feature panels. Our collective goal was to help with ambiance and increase their seating capacity with the new layout. 

La Patrona excitedly announced their reopening on May 26 with dine-in now open to the public. They are taking walk-ins and reservations (up to 6 people) and have the patio open when the sun is shining! Though they can’t offer deliveries at this time, they do have take-out! La Patrona encourages you to bring your smiling face in and say hello, where they can serve you with a freshly shaken margarita! 

Emerald Hills Eye Care – “Cozy, welcoming – not your typical doctor’s office” That’s what Dr. Jonathan Akle, Owner and Optometrist at Emerald Hills Eye Care says of his space — and we agree! Rivet handled the complete design and construction of this business in a brand new tenant space. We did the full build-out including custom cabinetry, window displays and more. 

The clinic reopened to the public last month under the guidance of the Alberta government. Emerald Hills Eye Care is taking appointments; now that you have some down time, why not get your eyes checked? They have new protocols in place to keep you safe so there’s no need to put off your eye exam any longer. It’s as easy as booking with their online appointment system. They have some great new products and treatments for dry, itchy eyes (allergy season, anyone?) and some great new glasses available. Check out social media for more info.

Granada Veterinary ClinicNot all pets love to visit the vet, but Granada Vet tries to make this experience as comfortable as possible — for both pets and their owners! That’s why Rivet helped them adjust the layout of the whole front section of the clinic. Completed in stages while Granada Vet remained open, we changed the entry door and flow of traffic through the space to optimize function. We increased their retail area, created a new reception and gave all the exam rooms a facelift with new paint, ceilings, floors and cabinetry. Now the space is a little more roomy for everyone! 

Granada Vet is open to the public with new protocols in place to best ensure the safety of you, your pet and their staff. Visit their Facebook page for details on their admittance process at this time.

Granada Vet is also offering pet food and supplies delivered right to your door with the recent launch of their online store! Follow the link to register and shop! 

Supporting Each Other

This is by no means an exhaustive list of our amazing clientele. We have worked with so many other great local businesses that we will continue to support through these trying times, and we hope you will do the same! What are some of your favourites around Sherwood Park or the Edmonton area? Let us know on social! 

3 Things Your Business Can Do to Prepare for Re-Opening

With the Alberta government releasing details of their proposed relaunch strategy, now is the time to begin planning for your business’s re-opening.

With a phased approach, the start date for each business will be determined by the success of the phase before it. However, ensuring that you are proactive and ready for your customers come opening day will help keep your business running smoothly, without any further interruptions to service and cash flow.

Here are a few things you can do now to prepare your business for relaunch.

Sanitization and Cleaning

Whether you have a medical office, an optometry clinic, a veterinary clinic or a restaurant, having proper sanitization and cleaning done in your commercial space is a must. We recommend hiring a professional to come in and thoroughly disinfect your place of work. There are a few great local companies that are offering incentives for local businesses right now. They include Ultra Shine, Duty Cleaners and EcoVortex.

Indoor Air Quality Testing

According to the Environmental Protection Agency , people spend about 80-90% of their time indoors. Add in COVID-19, and this number has increased in the last six weeks. Health risks related to indoor air quality may be greater than those caused by outdoor air pollution.

Workplace exposures to bacteria, chemicals, dust particles or smoke may all present health-related issues. People generally notice their symptoms after several hours at work and feel better after they have left the building or when they have been away from the building for a weekend or a vacation.

Now is a great time to have an air quality test done in your commercial space and make any necessary adjustments prior to your re-open. A few local companies that offer air quality testing include Trinuck Properties, Admirable Inspections and Inspecus.

Commercial Improvement and Upgrades

If you were considering changing the layout of your restaurant, upgrading your existing kitchen, updating your waiting room or making simple tenant improvements, now is the time to consider making these changes.. Use this time while your employees are working from home and your clients and customers are away from your business to update your space, and be ready to welcome your customers with open arms. This would also reduce any downtime for your business in the future.

We are here to help! Rivet Management specializes in creating branded commercial spaces for clients, including dental and medical clinics, tenant improvements and restaurants. Rivet’s expert team takes care of you through the design build process and helps ensure your space reflects your brand. If you’re in the greater Edmonton area and looking to improve your space and get back to business, we are here to help.

Connect with us today!

3 Ways a Cowork Space Will Elevate Your Home-Based Business

3 Ways a Cowork Space Will Elevate Your Home-Based Business

Are you a home-based business working from your kitchen table and meeting clients at local coffee shops? Are you needing more separation between work and home life? If so, a cowork space could be exactly what you need!

Keep reading for three ways moving into a cowork office could take your small business to the next level.

Semi-Private Work Area in a Cowork Space

#1: Entrepreneur Networking

What are coworking spaces filled with? Entrepreneurs! And those entrepreneurs can connect you with more entrepreneurs, allowing you to quickly grow your network of like-minded people. Having this network of people who understand all that goes into starting your own business is extremely valuable. We always say “the future of business lies in collaborating” and it couldn’t be more true!

#2: Business Professionalism

Taking your business out of your home and into an office setting adds credibility to your small business. However, renting a full office is often not an option, which is why renting a cowork space is a great solution. Though meeting at coffee shops is fine, having your own space where clients can come to you allows you to be as efficient as possible with your time. No more being stuck in traffic on your way to meet a client, only to realize you forgot your laptop charger at home. Having one dedicated zone for all of your business-related tasks allows you to focus your time and energy on growing your business.

#3: Workplace Culture

A coworking space is a natural entrepreneurial environment. This type of environment nurtures creativity and is designed for small business owners. All the small details of running an office are taken care of, meaning you can just show up and get started! Though not all coworking spaces are created equally, most have the basic features like coffee/tea, wifi, and office furniture included in the monthly rent. All you have to do is choose the one that best suits your needs!

Regardless of your work style, you can likely find a cowork space that will work for your business needs. Some are more open and suited to collaborating and working in groups, while some are more suited to individuals who would like more quiet or privacy.

Open Work Area in a Cowork Space

If this all sounds great to you, you’re in luck! We still have some furnished private offices for rent in our Sherwood Park office (photo below). These offices come with all the perks of a traditional cowork space, but you have your own private office with the option to work in our open lounge whenever you want. This gives you the freedom to be in a collaborative environment, or to work by yourself in your own office. Of course, unlimited coffee, high-speed wifi, free parking, and access to our lounge is all provided to you in order to give you the best workspace possible.

Curious to see what we have to offer? Check out our options here.

Rivet Cowork Space in Sherwood Park
Private Office for Rent Here at Rivet

5 Tips for Branding Your Commercial Space

5 Tips for Branding Your Commercial Space

5 tips for branding your commercial space
 Emerald Hills Eye Care in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

We have now completed two out of three workshops in our series with ATB. In these sessions, we have talked a lot about how important it is that your commercial space reflects your brand and have given some tips on what to know before hiring a general contractor and a designer.

Follow these 5 tips and hire a great team to work with to create a space that is aligned with your brand.

branding your commercial space
The Cooperators Insurance in Sherwood Park, Alberta

5 Branding Tips for Your Space:

  1. See from the client’s point of view.

    Every experience your client has in your commercial space, you want to be a positive one. Your design should not be focused on what you like, personal tastes need to be put aside when it comes to your business.

    Ask yourself this: What are their 5 senses, hear, see, smell, taste, feel, telling them as they walk through your door? Does that reflect your brand and the experience you are hoping that your clients or potential clients are having?


  2. Make sure your space is unique and memorable.

    You want to stand out from the rest and have your space be the one people talk about. Whether it is an office, retail store, dental clinic or restaurant, you want to create a space that gets people talking and watch ‘word of mouth’ take your business to the next level.

    When you think of your commercial space, what features come to mind that set you apart from the rest? Space utilization is key here. You want your layout to function as best possible to be a reflection your brand. Unfamiliar with space utilization? Join us at our third workshop to learn more.


  3. Have a great bathroom.

    This is a space where your design is fully taken in without distractions. A trend companies have been following is making sure they have memorable bathrooms. Have a mirror people want to take selfies in? Even better. You want this space to look great, reflect your brand, and be impressively clean.

    You remember the best and worst of bathrooms you encounter, the rest leave no impression.


  4. Think of your ideal client.

    Choose your favourite client. Think about them, their frustrations, their challenges and most importantly, their expectations.

    If you are a clothing shop with a target audience of young moms in their 30s and 40s, you’re going to want to have fitting rooms that can accommodate enough space for a stroller and seating suitable for young children. If your target audience is women in their 50s and 60s, this would look much different.


  5. Give your brand a personality.

    Would your ideal client be friends with your brand? Serious, playful, responsible, relaxed, formal… try to personify your business. You want your brand’s personality to show through the design of your space.

    When you think of your space, do any specific personality traits come to mind? Do these traits align with your brand values?

5 Tips for Branding your commercial Space
The Cooperators Insurance in Sherwood Park, Alberta

Sound like a lot to take on? You don’t have to do it all yourself! Hiring a contractor and an interior designer can make your dreams a reality, not to mention save you a lot of time and headaches.

Hiring a Great Team:


Before hiring a contractor, check out our blog on questions to ask a construction manager beforehand. Getting all of these questions answered up front will allow you to make the best decision on who to trust with your brand. Check out their past work, ask tons of questions, and make sure all expectations are clear from the beginning. If there are proper complete drawings for your project, it protects you from contractors taking short cuts.

Main thing to take away, get everything in writing.

Interior Designer

A designer and a decorator are different. A decorator provides space layouts, finishings, and physical work. In addition to the tasks of a decorator, a designer can provide construction drawings (for permits and applications) and knows current codes and regulations. Keep in mind however, that the physical part of design may not be done by the designer, though it may be offered as an additional service.

Ask for examples of their past work, ask your questions, and discuss everything at the beginning to manage expectations.

Have a vision for your space but don’t know where to start? Help is here! Contact us for more information.

Construction Terminology Cheat Sheet

Construction Terminology Cheat Sheet

construction terminology cheat sheet

Does construction lingo sound like a foreign language & make you feel overwhelmed at times? You’re not alone! Whether you’re new to construction or an old pro, we’ve put together a refresher on some of the most common terms you will come across during the construction process!

Clear communication is crucial for a successful renovation. This guide will help you know what to expect and will give you the confidence to navigate this sometimes daunting process!

Abatement- A process where asbestos or contaminated material is removed from an area by setting up containment facilities to remove it safely without contaminating the surrounding areas.

Acoustic ceiling tile- A common ceiling system that is typically installed in a grid. The grid is typically a metal grid and hung from hangers from the structure above.

AFF (Above finished floor)- Used on construction plans and contract documents to indicate an elevation above the finished floor.

Apron-  A piece of driveway between sidewalk and curb.

Asbestos- There are several minerals commonly known as asbestos. These minerals can be used to make products strong, long-lasting and fire-resistant. The problem with asbestos is the small strands that make it up can stick to key parts of the body and can cause cancer when inhaled. Many regulations have been introduced in order to properly dispose of the material.

Back fill- The replacement of dirt in holes, trenches and around foundations.

Back water valve- A backflow prevention device used to prevent outbound water through a dwelling’s drain pipes from re-entering into a home.

Barrier free- Accessible, universal, and inclusive designs that create a built environment usable by everyone.

Baseboards- Usually wooden or vinyl board covering the lowest part of an interior wall. Its purpose is to cover the joint between the wall surface and the floor.

Board foot- The equivalent of a board 1’ square and 1” thick

Building envelope- The physical separator between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building including the resistance to air, water, heat, light, and noise transfer.

Butt joint- These are just two pieces of wood attached perpendicularly to each other, often with nails or screws. They can be perfectly good joints but will have no structural integrity on their own.

Cantilevered-  Extending horizontally beyond support.

Casing- A type of molding, typically used to trim the perimeter of windows and doors.

Cement- The gray powder that is the “glue” in concrete

Chamfer- A transitional edge between two faces of an object. Often created at a 45° angle between two adjoining right-angled faces.

Change directive- A document typically issued by the consultant or owner to the contractor in order to instruct them to carry out work. This puts the contractor in a position where they must carry out the work and provide pricing.

Change order (CO)- A change order is work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of work of a contract. It may or may not alter the original contract amount and/or completion date.

Chase- A framed, enclosed space or channel in a wall, or through a ceiling for something (usually duct work or plumbing) to pass through.

Clean out-  A capped opening providing access to a drain line, used to clear blockages.

Concrete- A mixture of cement, sand, gravel, and water

Contingency- Additional time or money allocated to a construction project in order to mitigate risk related to specific items.

Control joint- Tooled, straight grooves made in concrete flatwork to “control” where the concrete should crack.

Corner bead- Trim that you apply to an outside corner or reveal on drywall to protect an exposed corner and create a clean edge.

Course- 1. A row of shingles or roll roofing running the length of the roof. 2. A row of block or


Cripple- Short vertical framing member installed above or below an opening.

Critical path- A sequence of stages where you figure out what the least amount of time is necessary to complete a task with the least amount of slack.

Curtainwall-  An exterior surface mounted to the outside of the building which is designed to withstand force, but not take any of the buildings dead load. Typically made of a metal frame with glass inserts.

Cut sheet- A set of data on a product or material that is pre-manufactured, like washroom accessories and light fixtures.

Demising wall- A wall that separates two adjacent tenants or a tenant from one of the building’s common areas. It divides two separate real estate entities from each other.

Drywall return- U-shaped molding applied to a window to accept drywall.

Ductwork- Sheet metal or plastic tube structures that carry air throughout a complex for distribution in heating and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

Easement- A formal contract which allows a party to use another party’s property for a specific purpose.

Egress- A means of exiting the home. An egress window is required in every bedroom.

Elbow- A plumbing or electrical fitting that lets you change directions in runs of pipe or conduit.

Elevation sheet- The page on the blue prints that depicts the house as if a person is

looking straight at each of the sides (there is no perspective in this drawing).

Fan coil unit- A simple device consisting of a heating and/or cooling heat exchanger or ‘coil’ and fan. It is part of an HVAC system found in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Fascia- Lumber (usually 2×6) attached to rafter/truss ends at the eaves and outriggers at the gables.

Finger joint- A manufacturing process of interlocking two shorter pieces of wood end to end to

create a longer piece of dimensional lumber or molding.

Fire stop- (1) A solid, tight closure of a concealed space, placed to prevent the spread of fire

and smoke through such a space. (2) All work performed to slow the spread of fire and smoke

in the walls and ceiling (behind the drywall).

Fish tape- A long strip of spring steel used for pulling wires and cables through conduit or enclosed wall, ceiling or floor cavities.

Flashing-  Sheet metal or other material used in roof and wall construction to protect a building

from water seepage.

Flatwork- Common word for concrete floors, driveways, basements, and sidewalks.

Footing- Continuous thick concrete pad installed before and supporting the stem

(foundation) wall or a post.

Formwork- Acts as walls or retaining barriers for when concrete is installed. Similar concept to the walls of a pool, keeping the concrete in until it sets and solidifies.

Foundation- The lowest point in a building which typically carries the load of the upper structure. The most common foundation type is concrete and or concrete block.

Gable- The end, upper, triangular area of a home, beneath the roof

Galvanize- A method of preventing rust on steel and making it more durable to the elements.

Gantt chart- The default display for most schedules and scheduling software. Project activities are listed along the Y-Axis. Along the X-Axis is the project timeline (by day, month, quarter, year etc). The bars that are displayed represent the duration of a given activity.

Glazing- The act of installing glass in windows, doors or fixed openings.

Grade- Ground level, or the elevation at any given point.

Grain- The direction, size, arrangement, appearance, or quality of the fibers in wood.

Header- The horizontal structural member over an opening (e.g. over a door or window).

Hip roof-  A roof that rises by inclined planes from all four sides of a building

Hollow steel section (HSS)- A square like piece of steel that is hollow on the interior. Typically used in structural supports.

HVAC- An abbreviation for Heat, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

I beam- A beam with a cross section resembling the letter I.

Jamb- The side and head lining of a doorway

Joint- The location between the touching surfaces of two members or components joined and

held together by nails, glue, cement, mortar, or other means.

Joist- A length of timber or steel supporting part of the structure of a building, typically arranged in parallel series to support a floor or ceiling and perpendicular to a beam.

Laminate- May be any material, but typically they are made of veneers, which are thin sheets of wood. The advantage to a laminate is that they help to lower the overall construction cost.

Lath- A building material of metal wire that is fastened to the frame of a building to act as a base for stucco or plaster.

Ledger- A structural member attached to the face of a wall which supports a joist or truss.

Load bearing wall- Any wall that carries structural load

LVL (laminated veneered lumber)- A structural material composed of multiple layers of thin wood veneer.

Masonry- Stone, brick, concrete, hollow-tile, concrete block, or other similar building units or

materials. Normally bonded together with mortar to form a wall.

Mdf (medium density fiber board)- A manufactured wood product made of fine saw dust

and resin.

Melamine- Melamine laminate is a hard resin commonly used as an overlay for building materials like MDF or plywood.

Millwork- Generally all building materials made of finished wood and manufactured in millwork plants.

Miter joint- The joint of two pieces at an angle that bisects the joining angle.

Modular construction- The act of building off site in a separate facility. Some of the benefits are improved quality control, reduced costs and rework.

Mortar- Mortar or grout is a cement-like product installed between the joints of bricks in order to keep them together.

Muntin- A small member which divides the glass or openings of sash or doors.

Nosing- The projecting front edge of a stair tread.

On center (OC)- The measurement of spacing for studs, rafters, joists and trusses in a building from the center of one member to the center of the next.

Osb (oriented strand board)- A manufactured 4′ X 8′ wood panel made out of 1″- 2″

wood chips and glue. Often used as a substitute for plywood.

Particle board-  Plywood substitute made of course sawdust that is mixed with resin and

pressed into sheets.

Pigtail- The electrical cord installed on an appliance, or another name for an electrical splitter.

Pilot hole- A small diameter pre-drilled hole to guide a nail or screw.

Plot plan– An overhead view plan that shows the location of the home on the lot and includes

all easements, property lines, set backs, and legal descriptions of the home.

Post tension- The act of making a concrete reinforced slab stronger by adding rods. They are then tightened and put in tension after the concrete has cured.

Primer- A base layer of paint typically used as a first coat.

Q-deck- The term “Q-Deck” has become synonymous with many different types of decking much like the term ‘Kleenex’ has come to be known for any type of tissue paper. Metal floor and roof deck is available in many types, heights, and thicknesses but builders that use the term “Q-Deck” often are not sure what type of deck they are talking about.  The truth is – there is no such thing as Q-Deck!  Our research has determined that the term “Q-Deck” most likely refers to the Robertson “Q” decking series manufactured as far back as the 1960’s.  Unfortunately though, this description has now come to be a generic description of any type of metal deck

Quarter cut/quarter sawn- A method of cutting wood whereby the logs are sawn into lumber. Have greater stability of form and size with less cupping, shrinkage across the width, shake and splitting.

Radiant panels- Wall and ceiling-mounted radiant panels typically made of aluminum and can be heated with either electricity or with tubing that carries hot water.

Rated wall- These walls range from fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, smoke barriers, to smoke partitions. Each wall and opening protective have different test standards that they need to pass.

Rebar- Long metal rods added to concrete in order to increase the strength of it in tension.

Reflected ceiling plan- Shows any objects that are located in or on the ceiling. It is a mirror image (reflected) view of the floor plan.

Rim joist- A joist that runs around the perimeter of the floor joists

Riser- Each of the vertical boards closing the spaces between the treads of stairways.

RTU- A piece of mechanical equipment that is designed to heat, cool, ventilate by providing air flow for any combination of the three. The RTU is located on the roof, and is therefore a roof top unit.

Running bond- A method of laying tile, stone or brick where stones are staggered on top of each other in halves in order to create an offset pattern.

Scaffold- A temporary structure typically installed in order to provide access to elevated spaces.

Scratch coat- The first coat of stucco, which is scratched to form a bond for a second coat.

Screed- To level off concrete to the correct elevation during a concrete pour.

Scribing- Cutting and fitting woodwork to an irregular surface.

Sheathing/sheeting- The structural wood diaphragm covering, usually OSB, used over studs,

floor joists or rafters/trusses of a structure.

Shoring- The act of reinforcing something with a structure in order to maintain the stability.

Sill- (1) The 2X wood plate framing member that lays flat against and bolted to the foundation

Wall. (2) The member forming the lower side of an opening, as a door sill or window sill.

Site plan- A plan provided that reflects existing and proposed conditions on a site that is intended for construction.

Spandrel span- The area between the clear vision glass of two floors that spans the floor slab. Typically done to keep people from seeing the concrete structure behind.

Stacked bond- A method of laying brick or tile where all of the joints are in line and bricks/tile are stacked directly on top of one another.

Stops- Moldings along the inner edges of a door or window frame.

Stringer- The supporting member for stair treads. Usually a LVL member notched to receive

the treads and risers.

Supplemental instruction (SI)- Commonly used to resolve minor issues in construction documents as long as the change does not affect contract time or money.

T-bar/suspended ceiling- A ceiling system supported by hanging it from the overhead structural framing.

Toe-nailing- To drive a nail in at an angle to connect two members.

Transfer grill (jump duct)- The grill covered opening through a wall or ceiling used for

air pressure balancing.

Truss- An engineered and manufactured roof or floor support member with internal “zig-zag”


VAV box- Variable air volume is a type of HVAC system that varies the airflow at a constant temperature.

Veneer- (1) Extremely thin sheets of wood. (2) A thin slice of wood, brick or stone covering a

framed wall.

Water closet- Fancy name for a bathroom containing a flush toilet.

Weld- The act of heating two members of steel up to a very high temperature in order to fuse them together.

Window return- Used on windows where no trim will be installed.

Witches hat (roof jack)- Sleeves that fit around roof penetrations at the roof sheeting to prevent water leaks.

 If you’ve made it this far, congratulations- you are now an expert in construction terminology! You’re bound to hear these throughout the construction process, and now you can start using them yourself. If there are any others we’ve missed or that you’d like further clarification on, please reach out to us at [email protected]!