Real Estate Glossary - Design-Features

Detailed property glossary. Commonly used terms and phrases of international real estate as well as specialised definitions for better understanding of the Greek property market.

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Atrium
A central often glass-roofed hall that extends through several storeys in a building, such as a shopping centre or hotel
Balcony
A platform projecting from the wall of a building with a balustrade or railing along its outer edge, often with access from a door or window
Bathtub
A container large enough for a person to sit in to take a bath.
Beam
A beam is a long thick bar of wood, metal, or concrete, especially one used to support the roof of a building.
Bi-fold Doors (concertina doors)
A folding door is a type of door which opens by folding back in sections or so-called panels. Folding doors are also known as ‘bi-fold doors', in spite of them most often having more than two panels. Another term is ‘concertina’ doors, inspired by the musical instrument of the same name.
Coffered Ceiling
A coffered ceiling is a pattern of indentations or recesses in the overhead surface of an interior. In architecture, a "coffer" is a sunken panel in a ceiling, including the interiors of domes and vaults
Double Doors
Two adjacent doors that share the same door frame, and between which there is no separating vertical member. Double doors are often referred to as “French doors”, due to their preponderance in French architecture
En Suite
Used to describe a bathroom that is directly connected to a bedroom or a bedroom that is connected to a bathroom.
Entryway
An entryway is a hall that is generally located at the front entrance of a house. An entryway often has a coat closet, and usually has linoleum or tile flooring rather than carpet, making it an easy-to-clean transition space between the outdoor and indoor areas.
Family room
A living room used by all family members for recreation and relaxation
Fitted kitchen
A kitchen fitted with units and appliances such as an oven, dishwasher, etc often attached to the wall.
French doors
Two adjoining doors that have glass panes from top to bottom and are hinged at opposite sides of a doorway so that they open in the middle
Gazebo
A small decorated building or temporary structure, usually in a garden, that can be used for relaxing or entertaining guests… No windows, no walls, no worries with this favorite outdoor lounging spot.
Hall
The hall of a house is the space next to the front door to the rooms directly and/or indirectly. It may be called a passage, corridor or hallway.
Jacuzzi
A brand name (Californian corporation) for a bath or pool into which warm water flows through small holes, producing a pleasant, bubbling effect
Laundry room
A room where clothes are washed and dried.
Master bedroom
The main or principal bedroom of a house or suite.
Mud room
A casual, generally secondary entryway intended as an area to remove and store footwear, outerwear, and wet clothing before entering the main house. A mud room serves to increase the cleanliness of a house proper.
Open plan design
Any floor plan which makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes the use of small, enclosed rooms or few dividing walls between areas.
Patio
Similar to a terrace, a patio is an outdoor extension of a building, situated above the ground level, and open to the sky. Colloquially, a patio is a more informal space than a terrace.
Pavilion
A small but prominent portion of a building that juts out from a main building, either above its roof line, or to the side, and which is identified by a unique (usually diminutive) height and individual roof type. A pavilion may also stand alone, separate from a larger building, or may be connected to a main building by a terrace or path.
Pergola
Open beams atop posts let the sun shine down on a special outdoor spot In a garden, a pergola is an arch or a structure with a roofover which climbing plants can be grown.
Pocket door
A usually interior door that opens by gliding along a track into a recess in the wall.
Sauna
A room or small building, often with wood attached to the walls, that is heated to a high temperature, usually with steam:
Sliding Door
A door drawn across an aperture on a groove or suspended from a track, rather than turning on hinges
Swing Door
Swing doors open easily in both directions, making it a classic choice for kitchens and laundry rooms.
Terrace
A flat area of stone or grass outside a house, where people sit and sometimes eat.
Underfloor heating
Heating system that is placed under the floor of a building.
Veranda
A veranda is a roofed platform along the outside of a house.
Walk-in closet
A closet that is large enough to walk around in.

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