ship·lap | \ ˈship-ˌlap \

Definition of shiplap 

: wooden sheathing in which the boards are rabbeted so that the edges of each board lap over the edges of adjacent boards to make a flush joint

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That seems fairly plausible given the fact that the beams, later the feature in the ADU, were heavier and darker than the studs and shiplap. Janet Eastman,, "Cost-saving steps to convert a garage into a second home (before and after photos)," 29 Jan. 2018 The shed now resembles a pint-size farmhouse cottage, appointed with rustic shiplap walls and vintage and French country accents. Mary Helen Berg, USA TODAY, "'She sheds' are like a man cave -- but prettier," 24 Mar. 2018 The exterior of the home is enhanced with a mahogany deck and clad in shiplap siding, with a sprawling lawn in the front and a barbecue area in the back. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Chic beach bungalow in Montauk is perfect for a summer weekend," 2 July 2018 In the dining room, walls coated in slate blue, gray blue, or navy blue with white shiplap (yes please!) were worth $1,926 more, and red dining rooms took a $2,031 hit (yikes!). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Is the Paint Color You Should Use If You Want Your Home to Sell," 1 June 2017 Read on to snag their savvy tips for using shiplap in your home. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Tips For Pulling Off Shiplap Walls Without Going Full Farmhouse," 12 Aug. 2016 The five-bedroom property has white brick and clean lines on the outside, and farm-style details such as exposed beams, shiplap ceilings and Shaker-style cabinets on the inside. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "Farmhouse Fever Sweeps City Homes," 5 July 2018 Joanna's signature style is on display throughout the home—the place is literally dripping in shiplap, open shelves, and white subway tile. Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "10 Things You Need to Know Before Booking a Stay at Magnolia House," 22 Aug. 2017 The 1920s building, which most recently was a residence, underwent a restoration, highlighting the original wood floors and shiplap, Davis Commercial said. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "New Jack Rabbit Gallery to open in the Heights," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of shiplap

1895, in the meaning defined above

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