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Victorian Dining Room Keeps It Formal Yet Fresh

Posted on 4/28/16 8:53 AM
This Queen Anne home certainly hadn’t been treated like a queen. A series of bad renovations had stripped away her beauty and left her looking washed-out. After a thorough renovation, though, she’s regained some of her stateliness, especially in the dramatic dining room, which respects the home’s Victorian architecture while feeling fresh and updated.
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How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim

Posted on 8/21/15 9:02 AM
When it comes to architecture, details count. They also define. The places where floors, doors, ceilings and windows meet the walls are usually accompanied by trim. The way that trim is executed has refined and defined our houses throughout history. Trim adds character and flavor to a home, the way pearl buttons finish off a shirt or cinnamon completes a coffee cake. And it helps distinguish one style of architecture from another.

Project: New interior trim.

Why: Whether you want to embellish or change the character of your space, trim will give your rooms more personality and a stronger identity.
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Before and After: Beauty and Functionality in an American Foursquare

Posted on 7/21/15 8:40 AM
Life was different when this traditional foursquare home near Boston was built in the early 1900s. Back then, rooms were separate and had clear assignments: The kitchen was for cooking, the dining room was for eating and so on. In those days, windows let in cold air during the winter, so they tended to be smaller and less embracing of a view.

This home had been remodeled over the years, and each refresh had added details that were not age- or architecturally appropriate and took the home away from the plain-spoken look of an American foursquare. The new owners wanted to bring back some of the original details (or what could have been original) and add modern touches, so they hired Robert S. MacNeille, design principal and president of Carpenter & MacNeille.
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3 Secret Tips for Contractors to Save Money on Architectural Products

Posted on 12/16/14 1:00 PM

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.

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Crown Molding: Is It Right for Your Home?

Posted on 10/15/14 10:30 AM
Crown moldings are one of the architectural features that can really add value to your home. They add a visual presence that can make a home feel more upscale. Done well, they instantly say this home is well-crafted and solid. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an older home beautifully appointed with lovely crown moldings, you may find yourself feeling like your home is lacking in architectural details that give it distinction.

Have you been wondering if crown molding could work in your house? Are you worried that your ceilings are too low to use it? Concerned that you can't afford the wide moldings you'd love? Not sure what style or size to get? And what if you want a contemporary look — can you still use crown molding?

Have I got some tips for you!
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9 Crown Molding Types to Raise the Bar on Your Kitchen Cabinetry

Posted on 10/1/14 10:38 AM
Moldings can make any project look custom. When applied to kitchen cabinetry in particular, these architectural details can help enhance the most basic cabinet style. With the multitude of different configurations and designs available, crown molding, edge molding and more can help personalize your next kitchen project.

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13 Pro Tips for Crown Molding

Posted on 3/10/14 11:04 AM

1. Make sure that each length of your crown moldings you purchase has the exact same spring angle, width and thickness. Why? Building supply stores purchase their crown (and trim) from several manufactures, each using their own different fabrication standards/ tolerances.

2. Always check the square of your saw before you begin. For every degree your saw is out, you will get twice that error for each joint you cut.

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Custom Moulding for Lyric Theatre in Birmingham Alabama

Posted on 10/10/13 8:52 AM

The Lyric Theatre, found in Birmingham, Alabama, is a historical theatre that was built in 1914 for B.F. Keith’'s Vaudeville circuit. According to a history write-up by “The Lyric Fine Arts Theater” website on wix.com, “Major stars such as the Marx Brothers, Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Will Rogers, and Milton Berle played the Lyric. Berle said it was ‘as fine a theater as any in New York.’”

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5 Simple Steps to Removing Trim Moulding

Posted on 9/10/13 9:40 AM

Removing finish trim is a skill that will come in handy for any home restorer. Plumbers and electricians often cut through trim moulding to do their upgrades, roughhousing kids and fast-moving pets can damage old or delicate baseboards, and it's often necessary to patch-in repairs. Not to mention that after a century of painting, trim often needs stripping to regain its luster and reclaim its profiles. Read on to discover how it's done.

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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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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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How To Build A Crown Moulding Miter Box

Posted on 6/13/13 1:44 PM

Installing crown moulding, like playing the piano, takes practice. Unlike playing the piano, however, most people can get the hang of it with only a little practice. Before you take the time to become a master, however, you may want more information on preassembled corner pieces that simplify the project tremendously.

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The Made in America House

Posted on 5/8/13 1:30 PM

A Montana builder set out to improve the country's employment rate by sourcing American-made building materials throughout an entire home.

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Renovation Checklists & Guides - Printable Content

Posted on 4/17/13 12:56 PM
Selecting the right company for your home remodeling project can be one of the hardest phases in the building process. How do you know if you’ve got the right company for your project? Can you trust them to do what needs to be done and that they will educate you about the decisions you will be making? Is the company structured to help with the design and the building? If you do your homework to decide how you want your project to be handled, you can make the project a great experience and one you will be happy with for years to come.
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Outstanding Wood Like Polyurethane Products

Posted on 4/8/13 9:26 AM

Introducing the Rustic America Collection

The Rustic America Collection from Worthington Millwork offers a distinctive architectural elegance which will provide your home with beautiful curb appeal unlike any other in your neighborhood. We offer the finest quality and workmanship in both our “Pecky Cypress” and “Natural Wood Grain”.

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6 Ways to Add Colossal Value to Your Home

Posted on 3/13/13 1:30 PM

Everyone is always looking for ways to add value to their home.Especially if they are trying to sell their home. We have come up with a few ways that you can add great value to your home without spending to much money. Be sure to get the full Ebook for more in depth discussions.

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4 Critical Questions to Ask a Contractor Before You Hire Them

Posted on 3/4/13 11:48 AM

1. Is your company bonded and insured?   

First let’s break down the two items in the questions.  
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A Unique Collection of Polyurethane Architectural Millwork

Posted on 2/22/13 2:01 PM

Introducing the Coral Collection

The Coral Collection from Worthington Millwork is a unique collection of polyurethane products. This collection is inspired by the sea to make coral replications in a millwork application. This collection isnt available everywhere, and you may not be able to do much research online regarding the product. It is rare!

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3 Tips to Minimize Joints Between Polyurethane Crown Molding Sections

Posted on 2/11/13 3:43 PM

One of the biggest problems/complaints that we get after our client installs crown moldings is, “how do I cover up the joints that are between my molding sections?”  It is normal for every building product to expand and contract during hot and cold temperatures and polyurethane crown molding is no exception.  This type of crown molding can be used for interior and exterior uses so extreme hot and cold temperatures will be tested on the molding.  This however is a problem that needs to be resolved during installation as once the crown molding is installed there is very little that can be done to resolve seeing the seam. By following these three tips below you can minimize, if not eliminate, the potential threat of that seam that can become quite the eye-soar after a finished installation.

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Custom Brackets & Molding Smyrna, GA

Posted on 1/24/13 2:59 PM


Worthington’s exterior polyurethane millwork was used for the exterior cornices on the New Smyrna Elementary School in Smyrna, Georgia by the architectural firm Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews & Moore.  The polyurethane material was selected by the architect due to the custom trim profiles that can be detailed with the flat board and radius shapes which give them a finished product that is aesthetically pleasing.  Worthington provided two custom exterior brackets for the project application which were used by the architect to give the fascia more character. The crisp lines and radius details on this fascia and custom brackets are very difficult to achieve with other exterior products. 

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