poché
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(pronounced poh-SHAY)

Question: Is this French term a dance move, a medical condition, or a culinary technique? If you answered “none of the above,” then you win a life supply of banana-scented cuticle cream. (Just call 1-555-555-5555 to claim your prize!) No, this fancy word refers to applying a particular pattern – even a solid one – to a drawing either to represent particular materials, to designate full-height or load-bearing walls, or merely to make a floor plan easier to “read.” Most computer drawing software applications offer a variety of poché options, but depending on the program, it’s sometimes a challenge to illustrate the poché while matching the scale of the material in the drawing. Certain poché patterns are fairly standard throughout the interior design, architecture, and engineering fields, and they are usually labeled as such within CAD programs. Lastly, you might have heard an employer or professor used the descriptor “hatch” instead of poché. Often, if the pattern is a simple 45-degree line poché, then this simpler, less sexy, term is used.
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