16 More Pinoy House Construction Terms, Decoded
This handy Filipino construction glossary will let you know the difference between hamba and haspe, among many others
Are you always lost in translation when your workers suddenly say that they need to buy materials for your senepa? Or are you totally in the dark when your contractor chats up his foreman and says that they need to change the kilo of your roof (nope, that ain't a measurement of weight).
Then it's high time to know the Tagalog or Filipino terms for basic parts of the house, so you'll never be in the dark again.
Wooden framework of a house.
Baluster or balustrade of a staircase.
Hinge; usually that of a main door or cabinet door.
Handrail of a staircase.
Structural post of a house.
Jamb, doorjamb; the upright parts of a doorframe on which the door is attached to.
Wood grain, or distinct markings on a piece of wood or wood veneer.
Rafter, truss; the sloped structural members that support the roof.
Stringer; this is the housing on either side of a staircase.
Purlins; a horizontal beam along the length of a roof that supports the other rafters and boards.
Fascia board; a vertical band around a roof's edge.
Girt; a horizontal structural member of a wall.
Eave; the part of the roof that hangs over the structure of a building or house.
Floor joist; parallel pieces of material that support a floor.
Siding; wall cladding or other material that forms the sides of a structure or house.
SOURCE: "Sariling Sikap sa Pagtayo ng Bahay" by Carlos E. Guico; to see more of this home by architect Gelo Manosa (pictured in this story), click here
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