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5 Ways To Prevent Wood Columns From Rotting

Posted on 10/8/18 9:30 AM

Wood, like all organic materials, will rot over time with exposure to the exterior elements. Water close to the base and or ice buildup are very hard on columns. The natural propensity for wood to act like what it was - a tree. Through osmosis, water is graduated upwards from the base of the shaft cell by cell to the top of the column. Even though the wood has been kiln dried, it still wants to be a tree again! As time goes on, the bottom of columns will absorb more water and will begin to rot; thus weakening the support of the columns. There is little that can be done to repair existing columns as the rot usually progresses extensively up the shaft. The type of wood is important as well. Pine works outside but a cedar or redwood is much better. Other species like maple or oak woods poor exterior woods.

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Millwork Moulding and Trim Adds Custom Details To Your Home

Posted on 10/5/18 12:35 PM

No matter how much you loved your house when you bought it, eventually things start to look a little tired and the idea of a renovation takes hold and just won't let go. Unless your house was a custom build, or you were able to add upgrades when you built, chances are good that the problem is your rooms lack individuality.

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Transforming Your Porch on a Budget

Posted on 10/3/18 11:53 AM

There is nothing more welcoming or inviting than a beautiful, nicely decorated front porch. Redesigning your front porch and refreshing the exterior view of your home can rejuvenate the look of your home! There are a few simple things you can do that won't break the bank in order to create in inviting and personalized front porch! With a few pieces of furniture and some color, you can completely transform your front porch without completely overspending.

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Exterior Window Shutters- Styles For Every House

Posted on 10/1/18 9:57 AM

One of the most overlooked, yet distinctive, elements of your home's exterior are the shutters. If you don't have them your house probably looks a little naked, and if they're the wrong color or style the house just looks off-balance. Choosing the right style and an updated color for your shutters provides a huge boost in curb appeal and value.

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What's The Difference Between Molded Fluted Columns And Adjustable Fluted Columns?

Posted on 9/26/18 2:58 PM

Columns have been a viable option for adding design and structure to buildings for centuries. The history behind columns goes back to the beginning of architecture, and so does their customization features. Columns can be built round or square, plain or fluted, tapered or non-tapered.

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Global Architecture Style: Victorian

Posted on 9/24/18 10:50 AM

English architectural styles took the names of the reigning monarchs of the period--Elizabethan, Jacobean, Georgian, Regency (After George III was determined unfit to manage the burgeoning Empire, his son took over as Regent until he became George IV in 1820), Queen Anne, and so on.

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A Guide to Custom Columns

Posted on 9/21/18 10:00 AM

One of the best ways to spruce up your home is to incorporate columns--indoors or out, custom columns add style and elegance in a relatively small project. When you look at Pinterest or home magazines for inspiration, you'll notice that columns come in a huge range of options, from simple round spindles to layered and decorative designs. The more ornate columns are all custom made--something that seems extravagant but in reality is nothing more than mixing and matching.

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Millwork and Casework - Know the Differences

Posted on 9/19/18 9:30 AM

When investing in a space, it's important to know the differences in what you're potentially purchasing, as well as the reasons you might choose one over another. One common choice in the decision-making process is choosing between millwork and casework.

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Porch Posts Versus Porch Columns, What is the Difference?

Posted on 9/17/18 11:05 AM

Did you know that there is a difference between a porch post and a porch column? Don't worry, you are not alone. The main differences are really in the detail and you can't go wrong with either application. It really depends on the look you are trying to achieve with your home. Never be afraid to consult with an architect to make sure which would fit best with your style of home and how many exactly you will need to hold up that front porch.
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So You Want to Build? 7 Basic Steps to Creating a New Home

Posted on 9/14/18 8:53 AM

Everybody wants to build their own home--from the first settlers in the Colonies through westward expansion--there's something iconically American about building a house. Whether it's a two room cabin on the prairie or a mountainous retreat, we love the idea of building something. The building dream usually crashes into the reality of construction, and most potential home builders become home buyers instead--choosing to purchase an existing home, or new builder construction.

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Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch

Posted on 9/12/18 11:07 AM

As indoor-outdoor living has become a more popular lifestyle, homebuyers are once again asking (demanding) for a front porch. And why not? They are a multifunctional space that frames the home's entrance while providing instant curb appeal. Similar to all major home-improvement projects, a good plan is vital. Here is a look at some of the key things to consider when designing the perfect front porch.  

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Fiberglass Columns VS. Wood Columns

Posted on 9/10/18 9:45 AM

Our column builder tool has allowed us to monitor which column material is the most popular. To our surprise, wood is chosen quite often. Wood is not always the best solution for most projects however. Fiberglass columns have become the most widely used column material in todays building industry and here is why.

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All You Need to Know About Corbels and Brackets

Posted on 9/7/18 12:41 PM

Few architectural terms can cause as much confusion as the word corbel. What is a corbel? Is it the same as a bracket? We will get there. The first thing you need to understand about corbels is that they date back to the origins of architecture itself; one could even say corbels put the arch in architecture. Their versatility, value, and function cannot be understated hence why we see different forms of corbels in almost every style of architecture around the world. They can be so associated with the buildings they reinforce that by looking at these corbels we can date buildings and identify their architectural style. Here is a brief look at the crazy world of corbels.

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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Polyurethane Porch Railings?

Posted on 9/5/18 2:34 PM

The cost to replace your porch railing system with a polyurethane railing system depends on numerous factors. Not only do you need to consider the price of the product itself but how much it costs to hire a contractor and the time and labor involved. These factors can add on more expenses. So, let's answer a few of these questions for you.

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Top 10 Questions You Should Ask When Buying Square or Round Fiberglass Columns.

Posted on 9/5/18 11:02 AM

Ordering fiberglass columns can be overwhelming and mind-boggling when you have no idea what you should be buying in the first place.  Questions with regards to quality, manufacturer reputation, column longevity, warranty, materials and shipping come to mind. No worries, we have come up with a list of 10 questions you should ask your manufacturer when purchasing columns.

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Traditional Architecture and Modern Homes

Posted on 9/4/18 3:30 PM

Perusing real estate websites for inspiration to warm up your own modern home is guaranteed to confuse you--houses aren't just ranch, bungalow, or colonial anymore; they're mid-century, or transitional, or any strange architectural combination--modern Mediterranean, anyone?

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Why Signature Homes Need Architectural Millwork

Posted on 8/31/18 3:13 PM

What makes a house a home? A home is a unique and familiar space that becomes a source of comfort and the setting for some of our most meaningful memories. Over time the details of your home, both architectural and otherwise, become these special points of interest that differentiate your home from someone else's. Interestingly, a lot of the unique qualities and features in a home are created by the strategic use of millwork. Millwork ingrains personality and function into the space, providing the room with features that reflect its purpose and instills character into the home. Here is a look at why architectural millwork is such an important aspect of a signature home.

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Benefits Of Using Fiberglass Porch Columns

Posted on 8/29/18 2:24 PM

Fiberglass porch columns, orcast columns, are one of the most popular kind of architectural columns out there. Because so many different options are available, they offer a decorative flair that is unique and sophisticated. A quick look at Worthington's column builder should give you a good idea of how versatile they really are. While in the past wood porch columns were more popular than fiberglass porch columns, but fiberglass columns really are the preferable alternative, considering they're much sturdier, easier to paint, and extremely affordable.

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Incorporating Millwork Into 5 Classic American Architectural Designs

Posted on 8/27/18 2:21 PM

From contemporary designs with bold, geometric shapes to the tried-and-true simplicity of a Cape Cod, every home can benefit from detailed, professional craftsmanship. If you've ever thought of enhancing your home's curb appeal or adding an elegant aspect to your interior decorating, you might want to consider polyurethane millwork.

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Balustrade Systems Add Class to your Home

Posted on 8/24/18 12:35 PM

Big homes like balustrade systems. If you have a fine curved stairway that vanishes into a second-floor balcony, you need a balustrade as a handrail on the stairs and a balustrade to protect your family and guests from falling from the balcony. Balustrades make people feel safe and, indeed can protect them.

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