Hands up if you understand every word of your building contract? Hmmm… I thought so. What about your house plans?
A recent email from our builders (to explain a change in our retaining wall dimensions) may as well have been written in Dutch. Like every industry, construction has plenty of jargon. But when technical language requires my signature at the end of it, I want to know what it all means. Already, there have been many occasions during our building process that I’ve had to look up word meanings or request more information.
For some serious help with understanding your builders, here are some references:
- Common Construction Terms. (Alphabetical list.)
- Industry Jargon. (Perth based, nicely organised into stages of building. Some incomplete entries.)
And for a light-hearted challenge, come this way….
Can you talk the talk? Test your knowledge on House By The Water’s Building Lingo Quiz.
Click here to take the quiz: Building Lingo Quiz.
(The link will open up a new tab in your browser. The quiz should take less than 5 minutes. Return here with your score.)
What do your results mean?
80-100%: You are probably in the trade. This blog is the place for you. I need your help. Stick around and I’ll see what I can do about a slab.
60-79%: You’ve done this before. This blog is the place for you. We’d love to see pictures of your new home and any good tips you might have to share.
40-59%: You may not speak the language of construction, but at least you know your Australian slang. This blog is the place for you. I love a bit of an Aussie yarn.
0-39%: Room(s) for improvement. This blog is the place for you. Stick with me and we’ll learn together.
* Bonus points will be awarded for adding a comment about a new word you’ve learnt while building a home.