dintel (si se habla de ventana),
I have found two 'interpretations' below, one is as an exterior architectural feature, the other an interior decorative feature. If you go to the webiste given in the first ref below you will see what is essentially a balcony for plants. However, reading further you will see a cross-section of a window, and here 'potshelf' would seem to be nothing more or less than the 'lintel' of the window.
What Are Potshelves?
“Potshelf” is a convenient design term used to describe a wide variety of horizontal projections on homes and other small-scale buildings to provide additional design interest. These features are commonly used to accentuate windows, entries, patios and other focal points of the exterior. Depending on the style theme of the building, these may incorporate stucco, wood, brick, tile, rock, or metal surfaces and features.As projections of the building exterior, potshelves often are essentially small “roofs” or penetrations of the exterior “building envelope”, and therefore present numerous opportunities for leakage and failure if not properly conceived and carefully constructed:
Inadequately sloped near-horizontal surfaces that do not direct water away from the building
Insufficient protective covering or waterproof assembly
Poorly detailed edges, corners, and integration of the potshelf elements with the weather barrier of the adjoining building wall and related window flashing
Insufficiently sealed penetrations such as railings, exposed fasteners, and exposed supports that pierce the building envelope.
Unfortunately, many potshelf assemblies include wood-framed voids – inaccessible box-like cavities – which, along with wall stud cavities, conceal initial leakage and provide moisture-retaining areas for growth of mold and dry-rot out of sight of the occupants until later failure of the surrounding framing or finishes and related indoor health risk. These potshelf building features also tend to require a higher level of maintenance not initially obvious to the average homeowner.
Commonly found in new homes, potshelves present a variety of decorating challenges. ****These are the recessed areas in a wall, often located at the top of a doorway.****
Often used for lighting at ceiling level:English stucco style, bay window, skylight in master bath, potshelf lighting, air conditioning, almond fixtures and appliances with brass accessories, maple cabinets, extensive use of tile on counter tops and flooring, upgraded carpet.
Hope this is of some help...
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