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HINTS AND TIPS

red helmerConstruction language dictionary

Welcome to our “red helmet” construction dictionary. If you are seriously contemplating renovating your home in Spain you will need commitment, patience and ability to follow through the construction process.

Undertaking a project in a foreign language, with foreign bureaucrazy and regulations requires solid information and down-to-earth advice.

Here you will find a list of sources and terms that will help you understand the language and construction methods with some hints and tips for your adventure.

a

agreed sum – suma acordada

arbor – pergola

architect – arquitecto

artificial grass – cesped artificial

artisan – artesano

as built – Planos final de obra

b

balcony – balcón

balcony railing – barandilla

Bamboo mat – cañizo

Baseboard – rodapié

Bathroom – baño

Beam – viga

beam and slab floor (structural) – forjado

boiler – caldera

bonus – prima

brick – ladrillo

brick cornice – pico de gorrión

brick mason – muro de ladrillo

brick paving – pavimentado en ladrillo

build –  construir

building contractor –  constructor

built-in kitchen appliance – cocina de obra

c

cabling – cableado

cane matting – estera de cañizo

carpenter – carpintero

caulk to fill in the holes to keep water out – masilla

ceiling – techos

cellar – bodega

cement – cemento

cement mixer – hormigonera

cement pumps – bomba de cemento-estática

cement spread – vertido hormigon

ceramic tile – baldosa cerámica

chesnut wood – madera de castaño

chimney – tiro de la chimenea

concrete – hormigón

concrete supplier – proveedor de hormigón

consultant – consultor

cost overrun – sobrecosto

cost plus – contrato

country house – casa rural

courtyard – patio

d

deadline – plazo límite

debris – residuos de obra

demolish – demoler

dividing walls – paredes divisorias

door – puerta

downlight – Iluminacion descendente

drainage – drenaje

drawing – cross-sections – dibujo de sección

drawing – elevations – dibujo de alzado

e

electrician – electricista

electricity – electricidad

engineer – ingeniero

entrance door to a rustic building – portón

estimate, quotation – presupuesto

estimating – coste

expansive mortar for rock – mortero expansivo

exposed brick – ladrillo visto

exposed Stone – piedra vista

exposed wood beam  – vigas de madera vistas

f

farmhouse – cortijo

feature – característica

fireplace – chimenea

fixed percentage contract – contrato cerrado

flaking Paint – pintura desconchada

floor drain – sumidero

foundations – cimentacion

g

garden – jardín

generator – generador

ghiaia – grava

granite – granito

grounds – suelos

h

handmade vessel – macetero artesanal a mano

health and safety – seguridad y salud

heating – calefacción

i

infrastructure – infraestructura

insulated – aislado

insulation – aislamiento

internal window shutters used to block out light – postigos

iron – hierro

k

keeping to Budget – adjustarse al presupuesto

keeping to the Schedule – adjustarse a cronograma

kitchen – cocina

l

land map tax registry – catastro

land surveyor  – topógrafo

lemon tree – limonero

lime – cal

lime plaster – yeso a la cal

lump sum – contrato cantidad a tanto alzado

m/n

marble – marmol

masonry – albañilería

mattone refrattario – ladrillo refractario

measurement – Medidas

meeting deadlines – cumplimiento de plazos

mood board – panel de ideas

mortar – mortero

notary – notario

o/p

oak Wood – madera de roble

painter – pintor

Pathlighting – iluminacion de senderos

Paviment – pavimento

pergola’s pole – soportes verticales pergola

permit – permiso

permit board – cartel de obra

pipe – tubería

plan view – vista de planta

plaster – yeso

platten – pletina

plug socket – enchufe

plumber – fontanero

plumbing – fontanería

plywood – contrachapado de madera

point of connection – punto de conexión

power cable – cable eléctrico

preparation of the ground – preparación del terreno

primer on wood, metal before the main layer of Paint – imprimación

procedure for setting out – replanteo

profit – beneficio

project manager – director de proyectos

property line – limite de la propiedad

pylon – pilón

r

radiator – radiador

railing decoration – macolla

rain gutter – canal de agua

real estate agent – agente inmobiliario

reinforcement – Refuerzo

renovation – reforma

rent – alquilar

reservoir – alberca

rock – roca

roof – tejado

roof light, skylight – lucernario

roof tiles – tejas

s

sand – arena

saving – ahorro

scaffolding – andamio

schedule – programa de obra

Scope – alcance del proyecto

Shower – ducha

Sink – lavabo

site manage –  jefe de obra

slab of concrete – losa de hormigón

small hotel located on a working farm – agroturismo

special foundations – cimentación especial

spiral staircase – escalera de caracol

stair – escalera

stair railing – pasamanos de escalera

Steel –  acero

Step – escalón

stone mason – muro de piedra

structural engineering – ingeniero de estructuras

surveyor – aparejador

swimming pool – piscina

t

taking place outside, usually referring to dinning – al fresco

tap – grifo

terrace – terraza

tile (floor) – baldosa

tile (wall) – azulejo

to créate – crear

treatment – tratamientos

trowel – paleta

turnkey contract – contrato llave en mano

type of louvered shutter – persiana

u/v

underfloor heating – suelo radiante

unskilled labourers –  trabajadores cualificados

uplighting – Iluminacion ascendente

varnish – barniz

ventilated structural ground floor – forjado antihumedad

w

Wall –  muro

wall-washer –  bañador de pared

wardrobe – armario

water meter – contador de agua

welder – soldador

well – pozo

whitewashed walls – muros encalados

window frame – marco de ventana

windowpane – panel de cristal

wood flooring – pavimento en madera

work site, construction site – obra

wrought iron – hierro de forja

walkway – acera

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