Use this plumbing and design terminology guide to help you understand some common terms used in home renovations.
Lighting that highlights specific items (e.g., art).
Some materials need time to adjust to the climate in a kitchen or a bath before they are installed/used.
A recessed area.
Mirolin Alcove Bathtub
Subtle lighting that creates a soft, mellow feeling in a room.
Unit of electrical current.
A finish that helps prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, etc.
Trim found below a tabletop.
A secondary sink in a kitchen that is often used for food prep or clean-up.
Backflow prevention device
Devices designed to prevent backflow (the reversal of the normal direction of wastewater from a home to other buildings).
The area between the bottom of wall cabinets and the top of countertops.
GROHE Kitchen Sink with Backsplash
Floor cabinetry with countertops.
A wall that holds a heavier load above it.
A bathroom fixture with a straight up, vertical water jet that is designed for personal cleanliness.
In a bathroom, a clearance area for toilets or showers. In a kitchen, a clearance area around appliances or work areas.
A basin supported by legs instead of base cabinetry.
TOTO Console Sink
Dual-Flush T minute (GPM or gpm)
The rate water flows through a fixture/fitting at a specific pressure.
Gallons per flush (GPF or gpf)
The total volume of water required to flush a toilet or urinal, measured in gallons.
Bars installed in showers and bathtubs to help prevent falls.
Toilets that rely on the force of gravity to flush.
A design with environmentally friendly materials and/or energy use.
Heat Recovery Systems
Systems designed to capture waste heat from another source and use it to heat areas that would normally be heated by a furnace, etc.
American Standard Console Sink
High efficiency toilet (HET)
A toilet that consumes less water per flush.
A cluster of cabinets that can be walked around/accessed from all sides.
A corner cabinet with shelves mounted on a vertical axle so that they spin.
The time between when a product is purchased to when it is delivered.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
A national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings and homes.
Delta Kitchen Faucet
Plumbing fixtures/fittings that use less water and meet water efficiency standards.
An area of cabinets or countertops that can be walked around/accessed from three sides.
A small bathroom consisting of a toilet and sink.
The three main work areas in a kitchen: primary sink, cooking surface and refrigeration.
In a kitchen, the sink that is used the most.
A BLANCO Double Sink in the Kitchen
Standing for “remove and replace”, a simple remodelling project involving the removing and replacing of fixtures, cabinetry and appliances. No structural or mechanical alterations are involved.
To reuse materials (e.g., stone, tile or brick) or products after their initial use.
Organic materials, such as bamboo, that have quick regeneration periods to full maturation.
A remodel where new cabinets/appliances are installed in the same locations as existing cabinets/appliances.
An item that replaces originally installed components on appliances or fixtures.
An area of countertops used for eating.
A deep tub that allows the bather to submerge to his/her neck.
A large tub that has whirlpool action and seats for multiple users (i.e., a hot tub).
Lighting that is focused on a specific area, usually a work area.
Frederick York's Arya Vanity
Bathroom cabinetry with a sink(s) and usually a mirror.
A bathtub with jets.
Ultra-low flow fixtures and fittings that exceed the water efficiency standards.