Buying architectural products like molding, columns, railing systems etc. can potentially put a big dent in a projects budget; but it does not have to! Small little changes can add up to big savings in the long run if you stay consistent with them.
Worthington Millwork was contracted to provide the architectural fiberglass columns and balustrade systems for a renovation of the charming James Wade Bolton House in Alexandria, LA. This project was a historical renovation and of great significance to the town of Alexandria. To preserve the integrity of this turn-of-the-century home, an original baluster was perfectly replicated to create a whole new balustrade system. Similar components were also used in manufacturing the column shafts, capitals, bases and other parts of the balustrade system. The end result is a completed project, made with modern materials, while keeping the historic proportions and architecture of the 1899 construction period of the project.
"The family wanted to open up the space, give it a nice flow, let in more natural light and expand the views of the backyard," says architect Catherine Knight of Knight Architects. She responded with a thorough makeover, creating a family-friendly entry and mudroom, an open-plan layout along the rear of the house that opens up to their spectacular backyard, a reconfigured guest room and first-floor bathroom, and a renovated master bathroom.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their young daughter and son
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Size: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Year built: The 1970s; remodeling plans began in 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you are not comfortable with cutting your own columns to height Worthington Millwork can always cut the columns for you.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.