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Double Front Porches With Columns - Stack Up Comfort

Posted on 10/20/14 9:34 AM
The front porch is often considered the quintessential element of Southern architecture — it has long been the perfect place for enjoying the view, catching a breeze or simply setting a spell, as they say in the South. Front porches were the original social networking tool, a pretelephone way for neighbors to commune, visit and catch up without ever leaving the comfort of their own homes.

If one porch is good, two must be better — especially when an expansive view is involved. The tradition of building double front porches with columns in the United States goes back to the first settlers. But if you ask us, it's an architecture staple worth holding onto. Here are a few things to consider when tackling the double front porch.
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American Architecture: The Elements of Federal Style

Posted on 10/17/14 9:00 AM
Federal home design style comes with another confusing name. In design, the word "federal" simply indicates the time period (1780–1820) when the style, known among architecture aficionados as the American phase of the Adam style, prevailed in the fledgling United States. The style borrowed heavily from contemporary European influences, particularly the English Adams brothers. The brothers had traveled to Italy and are credited with popularizing architectural details from original Roman and Greek buildings instead of their Renaissance interpretations.

Where to find it: All along the Eastern Seaboard, from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to Savannah, Georgia.

Why you'll love it: If you're an American history buff, you pride yourself on your patriotism and you're drawn to places like Boston, Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, this style has got your name all over it.
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Classic Design: The Language of Architectural Columns

Posted on 10/7/14 8:36 AM
From high-end luxury homes to the most basic spec-built home, it seems that a traditionally designed house has to have at least one column based on designs from antiquity.

Around 2,500 years ago, the Greeks invented what have become known as the classical orders. These orders ( Doric, Ionic and Corinthian) were adopted by the ancient Romans, who simplified the Doric to make their own order, the Tuscan. The Romans also combined the Ionic and Corinthian to form the Composite, or fifth classical order. Each order had a distinct meaning. A building designed using the Doric order would have been quite different in tone than a building designed in the Corinthian order.
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American Architecture: The Elements of Craftsman Style Columns

Posted on 10/3/14 9:30 AM
What it is: Craftsman homes were primarily inspired by the work of two architect brothers — Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene — who worked together in Pasadena, California, at the turn of the 20th century. The Greene brothers were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a reaction against the Industrial Revolution in an effort to promote the work of craftsmen and the handmade over the machine made), as well as by Oriental wooden architecture.

Where to find it: The earliest examples are in Southern California, but thanks to popularization of the style through national periodicals like House Beautiful and Ladies' Home Journal and the subsequent availability of pattern books and kit homes, Craftsman bungalows became the most popular style of small house throughout the country from about 1905 through the 1920s.

Why you'll love it: Like all things that come out of California, there is something distinctively American about this style. Outside there are details galore but inside, there's a simple, wide-open layout that makes the most of typically limited square footage.
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Top 5 Most Beautiful Fiberglass Column installations of 2014

Posted on 7/29/14 12:29 PM

1. The Elegant Texas Home

This beautiful Texas home features not just Worthington fiberglass columns but also a polyurethane balustrade system. They attached the balustrade system right up against the columns for a seamless look. 

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Introducing The New Column Builder Tool

Posted on 7/21/14 11:17 AM

We are always trying to improve a users online experience. For the longest time we had a simple 3 step column builder that just had basic option to select. You were really only able to select your capital, shaft, and base. This was definitely simple and easy to use, but it just wasn't very detailed enough for our savvy web visitor's. Thanks to your feedback, we made some big changes!

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How to Correctly Cut Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 2/10/14 9:57 AM
Fiberglass columns are used in interior and exterior building applications, and can be custom cut to size to fit your project design. Have a question? Get answers from an expert now!

If you are not comfortable with cutting your own columns to height Worthington Millwork can always cut the columns for you.

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Fiberglass Columns in Cleveland Ohio

Posted on 1/20/14 1:19 PM

We were contacted by a customer to provide some very large fiberglass columns for his home he was building. We love the challenge of making perfect large custom columns like these because it is exciting for us! So he liked the price and we started the amazing process of building these columns. I want to say we turned them around in a 5 week lead time which is pretty amazing. The size is 22" in diameter and 17' high.

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5 Outstanding Reasons to Use Aluminum Columns

Posted on 10/23/13 2:13 PM
Aluminum columns are becoming a very popular choice when choosing a material to use for your porch column application. There are several reasons for this but there are 5 main reasons that their popularity is growing. 
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5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Porch Columns

Posted on 9/18/13 10:56 AM

Porch Columns are a good choice if you need the columns to support the weight of a structure, like a porch roof. The term that refers to this ability is “load-bearing.” In addition to being load-bearing, most fiberglass columns are also weather resistant and insect proof. Many fiberglass columns come with a lifetime warranty. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s requirements, specification and warranty information before making your purchase. The information contained in this document pertains to the most common types of fiberglass architectural columns only, and specifically does not pertain to wood or cellular PVC columns. Follow these tips for a better experience adding fiberglass columns to your project, but remember that if the instructions from the manufacturer contradict any of this information, it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.


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How to Choose the Right Size Architectural Column

Posted on 9/13/13 12:04 PM

When choosing the correct column size for your project several questions immediately come to mind. Where do you begin? How do you determine what will look best for my project? Are there standards that I can reference? If yes, where can I find them?

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Top 5 Most Popular Porch Column Capitals and What They Cost

Posted on 8/14/13 10:30 AM

The capital is often selected for ornamentation; and is often the clearest indicator of the architectural order. The treatment of its detail may be an indication of the building's date. It mediates between the column and the load thrusting down upon it, broadening the area of the column's supporting surface. Decorative capitals also give a sense of individuality. Prices for the most part are pretty reasonable for fiberglass capitals. These capitals will last a lifetime.

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Where to Buy Porch Columns; What is the Cost?

Posted on 8/9/13 9:00 AM

So you took the first step and decided that your home needs porch columns. You have looked into the different materials, but now you don't know where to buy them. Does this sound like you? If so, your next step is to figure out how many porch columns you want to purchase. This can be very important because typically the more porch columns you order the cheaper the price is per column. Now, if you need only one porch column it is best that you go to your local building supply store because most of them actually carry columns. The reason it is best to purchase locally when only buying one is because you will be spending a lot of money to ship these columns, if you only purchase one, and it needs to be shipped, you will end up paying more for shipping than what you would pay for your column.

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Which Architectural Column Material is the Most Affordable?

Posted on 8/7/13 2:14 PM

Architectural columns (porch columns or porch posts) have been around for decades; so it is no wonder that that they are so popular. They have been used on several different style houses including Federal [1780-1820], Greek Revival [1825-1860], Octagon [1850-1870], Colonial Revival [1880-1955], Dutch Colonial Revival [1880-1955], Beaux Arts [1885-1930], American Foursquare [1890-1935], Arts & Crafts [1905-1930] and Ranch style [1932-1975]. Each of these style home's have a very distinctive look to them. When you replace columns you want to try your best to replicate the columns that are to the style of the home. When building a new home you more or less have a choice of what type of column you want to put on your home. After simply deciding that you want columns the next step is choosing a material and getting the price. This can most often be difficult so let's break it down.

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What You Need to Know About Greek Revival Home's

Posted on 7/31/13 2:37 PM

"My favorite word for greek revival houses is capacious. They are not colonials," says historian John Crosby Freeman, who grew up in one. They were built well into the 19th century, but they are unornamented, not gingerbread darlings. Greek Revival is the style that arrived between eras. At first used in public and civic buildings, Greek Revival became the overriding style for houses during the 1830's and 1840's, and did not fade until after the civil war. The rather obvious architectural model was the Greek temple. Besides columns - barely discernible as corner pilasters on many houses - Greek motifs define the style. These buildings were not seen as replicas, though, but as an innovative and politically appropriate form.

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Wood Substitutes For Your Porch With Heavy Architectural Details

Posted on 7/24/13 10:45 AM

Old houses endure, but not so much the porches that give the home character. If left unpainted, even first-growth millwork will eventually splinter and rot, especially if it's been fancifully scroll-cut. So if your porch is in good shape, count yourself fortunate (and keep a paintbrush handy). For those longing to re-create a period porch, you're in luck: Recent innovations in building materials make it possible to hit all the architectural high notes - often without requiring the kind of skilled construction that's been hard to come by since World War II.

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10 Basic Principles When Restoring A Home's Architectural Details

Posted on 7/18/13 12:59 PM

Did you know there is a big difference between restoring a house and rehabilitating one? Restoring your home involves faithfully repairing and re-creating a building's original architectural elements so that it closely resembles its appearance at a previous point in time. Rehabilitating your home is more interpretive - it involves making the structure sound and usable again and retaining whatever original features are possible to save, but not necessarily restoring things that have gone missing. For new owners of old houses, deciding which approach to use is the first logical step in helping map out repairs. These basic rules for sensitive historic rehabilitation - based on the secretary of the interior's standards used to enforce the Federal Rehabilitation Incentive Tax Program - office sound advice.

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The History of Architectural Columns

Posted on 7/10/13 1:26 PM

All major Iron Age civilizations of the Near East and Mediterranean made some use of columns. In Ancient Egyptian architecture (as early as 2600 BC) the architect Imhotep made use of stone columns. The surface was carved to reflect the organic form of bundled reeds; in later Egyptian architecture faceted cylinders were also common.

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Polymer Stone Balustrade on a Charleston Single Style Home

Posted on 7/2/13 2:16 PM

One of the great benefits of custom building a new home is that you get the opportunity to hand select each and every component of the house.  Though the thought and process may be both overwhelming and time consuming it is comforting to know that the end result will be built and designed the way you wanted your home to look and feel and there is no greater satisfaction.  Much of this decision process should be consulted with your architect, builder and designer to ensure that what you have in mind doesn’t conflict with the design or clash with the architecture of the home.

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How To Correctly Paint Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 6/25/13 10:13 AM

Fiberglass columns are one of the most commonly purchased columns today. They are very easy to paint and offer a limited lifetime warranty (depending on where you purchased them from). They are extremely durable and can withstand a variety of conditions and abuse. Painting columns the correct way is very important. You don't want to have to sand it all down and start over again, so why not read these directions and get it right the first time!

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