Land and Construction Terms


ACRE

A measure of land equaling 160 square rods, or 4,840 square yards, 43,560 square feet, or .4 hectares.

BUILDING CODES

Regulations established by local governments providing for structural requirements for building.

BUILDING LINE

A line fixed at a certain distance from the front and/or sides of a lot, beyond which no building can project.

BUILDING PERMIT

A document issued by the municipal authority certifying the blueprints for construction and allowing work to commence.

DEVELOPER

One who engages in the subdivision or improvement of land.

DUPLEX

A two-family dwelling or house.

ENCROACHMENT

The unauthorized extention of the boundaries of land.

EASEMENT

A right enjoyed by one landowner over the land of another.

FIXTURES

Permanent improvements to property that may not be removed at the expiration of the term of lease or tenure.

FRAMING

The rough timber work of a house, including the flooring, roofing, partitioning, ceiling and beams.

MECHANIC'S LIEN (CONSTRUCTION)

A claim filed in the land registry office by an individual, or company, for labour or material, or both, supplied for the improvement of the property.

METES AND BOUNDS

A system of land description whereby all boundary lines are set forth by use of terminal points and angles - mete referring to a limit or limiting mark, and bounds referring to boundary lines.

METROPOLITAN AREA

That area which includes not only the entire chief urban core of a city (the central city) but also the outlying suburbs which are appended thereto.

 
RIGHT OF WAY

The right to pass over another's land, more or less frequently, according to the nature of the easement.

RUNNING WITH THE LAND

A covenant is said to run with the land when it extends beyond the original parties to the agreement and binds all subsequent takers to either liability to perform it or the right to take advantage of it.

SET BACK

The distance from the curb or other established line within which no buildings may be erected.

SHINGLE

A relatively thin and small unit of roofing, partially laid in overlapping layers as a roof covering or as cladding on the sides of buildings.

STUCCO

Any cement-like material used as an exterior covering for walls and the like, put on wet and drying hard and durable.

STUDDING

One of the series of wood structural members used as supporting elements in walls and partitions. (Plural: studs or studdings)

 

 

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