This custom barn home in West Linn, Oregon was designed and built by DC Builders.

Glossary

View our glossary of terms to familiarize yourself with key terms that you'll find across our website.

DC Builders specializes in batten siding construction.

BATTEN

A narrow board used to cover gaps between wider siding boards.

DC Builders specializes in chew protection construction.

CHEW PROTECTION

Metal flashing used to protect the edges of wood surfaces from wear, tear and horse teeth.

DC Builders specializes in custom cupola construction.

CUPOLA

A traditional, tower-like adornment on the roof of a structure that provides ventilation and/or natural light.

DC Builders specializes in custom dormer construction.

DORMER

A structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface. Dormers are used to create usable space in the roof of a building by adding headroom and usually also by enabling addition of windows.

DC Builders specializes in dutch door construction.

DUTCH DOOR

Dutch doors are divided horizontally, allowing the top half to be opened while the bottom half remains closed. A common addition to horse stalls, these doors allow light and ventilation into a room while keeping the animals inside.

DC Builders specializes in gable barn construction.

GABLE

Gable structures feature a triangular face that comes to a point under a dual-pitched roof.

DC Builders specializes in builder custom dormers.

GABLE DORMER

Sometimes called a dog-house dormer, the fronts of these dormers rise to a point, like a miniature gabled structure.

DC Builders specializes in gambrel style barn construction.

GAMBREL

Gambrel buildings feature two different roof pitches, one steep and one shallow.

DC Builders specializes in monitor barn construction.

MONITOR BARN

Monitor barns, also called raised center aisle or RCA barns, feature a raised center section with its own gabled roof. The sides of the raised center aisle are often filled with windows to improve the ventilation of the structure and increase the amount of natural light inside.

DC Builders specializes in nantucket style barn construction.

NANTUCKET DORMER

These more complicated dormers consist of two gable dormers connected by a shed dormer, providing the space created by the shed and the aesthetic impression created by the gables.

DC Builders specializes in post and beam construction.

POST & BEAM

Post and beam is a method of heavy timber frame construction that uses large vertical posts and horizontal beams in lieu of dimensional lumber.

DC Builders specializes in pole barn construction.

POLE BARN

A pole barn uses large poles or posts buried in the ground or encased in individual concrete footings to provide the vertical structural support.

DC Builders specializes in center aisle construction.

RAISED CENTER AISLE

A raised center aisle is the alternative name for a monitor-style barn. These barns have a second-story raised loft area, which increases the height of the barn above that additional space.

DC Builders specializes in tack room construction.

TACK

Horse tack is all the gear that comes with owning and riding horses. The bridle, saddle, bit, girths, cinches, saddle pads, lead ropes, halters and specialized clothing are all considered tack.

DC Builders specializes in slab concrete construction.

SLAB-ON-GRADE FOUNDATION

A type of foundation made from a single-pour monolithic slab of concrete.

DC Builders specializes in custom dormer construction.

SHED DORMER

Shed dormers have a flat roof sloping down at a shallower angle than the surrounding roof. These dormers provide maximum head room and can run the entire length of a home or barn.

DC Builders specializes in custom tack room construction.

TACK ROOM

A room in a barn or stable for storing tack equipment.

DC Builders specializes in timber frame construction.

TIMBER FRAME

A frame made of large heavy timbers connected by structural joints that support small timbers to which the roof, walls and floors are fastened.

DC Builders specializes in custom timber trusses.

TRUSS

A triangular arrangement of beams, braces and ties that form a rigid framework.

DC Builders specializes in wash bay construction.

WASH BAY

An area equipped for the washing and grooming of horses.

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