Restoration & Refurbishment trade jargon

Jargon by trade

Small particles of various crushed stone, rock, or gravel. Often used to refer to any loose building material such as sand, ballast, gravel, MOT, etc.

Building Act 1984

The overarching act of legislation that covers all building regulations in the UK.

Conservation area

An area designated by the local authority to be of special historical or architectural significance, in which certain developments may be restricted.


A horizontal beam, made of metal or wood, which can support a ceiling, wall or floor.


A horizontal beam supporting a wall above a door or window.


Second fix

Items installed after plastering has been completed, such as plug sockets, radiators and doors.

Sleeper wall

A low wall that supports ground floor joists.


An expression for all the small issues left over at the end of a construction project. Typically a homeowner will identify snags which the tradesperson will rectify to complete the job.

Stud partition

A non-load bearing dividing wall, made of a timber frame covered in plaster board.

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