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Designing your own home? Consider Architectural Millwork For Ultimate Functionality

Posted on 8/17/18 1:50 PM

Designing your home can be a very exciting experience. One of the best ways to take advantage of this unique opportunity is to customize certain spaces to cater to the room's purpose and your personal design aesthetic. By integrating millwork into your design choices you can add elegant details and emphasize the positive features of the room. Here is a look at how architectural millwork can elevate a space to the next level of style and functionality.

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How To Install Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 8/15/18 3:15 PM

Installing fiberglass columns can sometime be confusing or a hassle. We have broken down our installation instructions so that it is easy to install and also fast. This is simple enough that a homeowner can do it! As always if you have any questions on your installation feel free to give us a call!

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Architectural Columns: A Guide to Exterior and Interior Columns

Posted on 8/13/18 12:12 PM

As an essential element gracing the front entrance of many homes, architectural columns have traditionally served a dual role, adding both structural support to front porch overhangs and creating a distinctive architectural style. While columns can be viewed simply as an upright pillar used for decorative purposes, or on the exterior of a home to support a roof or within a home to support ceiling beams, there is no minimizing the visual effect that classical or contemporary architectural columns can add to a home's decor. Depending on the style of columns used, they can add either graceful elegance or visual power to a home's entrance or interior.

 

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Restoring an Old Home: 5 Tips That Can Add the Most Resale Value

Posted on 8/10/18 2:20 PM

Do you have an older home that could use some TLC and updating? Maybe you know your house needs a few renovations, but are worried about how much it may cost. While some remodeling projects can be quite expensive, others are easier on the wallet, while still making a significant improvement and increasing the value of a home. You don't have to spend a fortune on home renovations. Here are five basic tips for restoring an old home that can add the most resale value.

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The Major Benefits Of Using An Aluminum Deck Railing System

Posted on 8/8/18 2:50 PM

If you wonder why you should choose aluminum deck railing instead of other railing  alternatives, you should know that aluminum comes along with some great qualities that no other material can equal. Besides adding security and value to your property, aluminum railing provides a series of notable advantages, such as:

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Unusual Architectural Millwork Creates Unconventional Flair

Posted on 8/6/18 1:23 PM

Elegant homes, regardless of period or architecture, have one thing in common--custom millwork and mouldings. Great millwork is what takes a basic box of a room and transforms it into anything you want it to be--an traditional English gentleman's study, a Venetian dining room, or a French boudoir.

You're familiar with the standard sorts of millwork--the basic baseboards, quarter rounds, crown molding and the like. But to really bring your home up a notch or two, consider some of the more unconventional options. They'll give your home a huge style boost without a huge investment.

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Guide to Polyurethane Millwork Products

Posted on 8/3/18 1:27 PM

All residential and commercial structures will consist of architectural features that are classified as millwork. Traditionally, millwork products were defined as those components that were woodmill produced, including doors, trim, and crown moldings. Today, architectural millwork products include items made from wood alternatives such as plastic polymers and high-density polyurethane (HDP). Polyurethane (PU) has become a preferred architectural material over plastics and supports green initiatives by reducing our dependence on the country's dwindling timber reserves.

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6 Ways to Create an Inviting Home Entrance

Posted on 8/1/18 3:39 PM
I visit a lot of homes each year in many different settings: some in-town, and some out in the country. I'm always amazed by the frequency with which I have a hard time finding the front door of a home. Sometimes I'll even end up at a back or a side door. This idea-book includes helpful ways on how to create an entrance to your home that guides your visitors from the outside in.
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A Brief History of Fiberglass Cornices

Posted on 7/30/18 12:23 PM

Have you ever stared at a historic government building or a private mansion and wondered to yourself, "What is it about this place that makes it look so stately?" Chances are, the architect included some well-placed decorative cornices on the perimeters of the roof.

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What are the Advantages of Composite Columns?

Posted on 7/25/18 3:25 PM

Columns add visual charm or elegance, depending on style. They can be structural, simply decorative, or both. They can be made from a wide variety of materials, also. For our purposes today, let's look at the advantages of composite columns.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Column Covers

Posted on 7/23/18 12:12 PM

What are column covers?

Column covers are porch columns that are split vertically to surround a round or square column in half and with the purpose to hide a structural support. This structural support may be round or square and in either case it is important to know the interior dimensions of the column and how big of a post it will be surrounding. It is also important to take in mind that when figuring for a square support you must use the diagonal measurement. Who said that 10th grade geometry wouldn’t come in handy in the future? In case you forgot the formula it is A^2 + B^2 = C^2 where A and B are the side widths of the post. C would be equal to the hypotenuse or the diagonal going across the square.

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Building a Deck? Here's Why You Want an Aluminum Railing

Posted on 7/20/18 1:08 PM

If you are looking to add a deck to your home, you certainly have multiple options available when it comes to material type. While wood or vinyl might be the clear choice for the deck itself, you might want to consider other possibilities for your railing system. There's a reason why more and more homeowners today are choosing to include an aluminum railing when it's time to finish off the project. Here are some reasons why aluminum might be the right material for you when building a deck.

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Wood Substitutes For Your Porch With Heavy Architectural Details

Posted on 7/18/18 1:36 PM

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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From Aesthetics to Safety: 5 Reasons to Choose Polyurethane Millwork

Posted on 7/16/18 1:08 PM

If you're considering elevating your home's elegance with unique, quality millwork, you might want to consider using polyurethane products.

Polyurethane is an ozone-safe material that not only offers a timelessly elegant look to any home, but also offers several incredible safety and convenience features. Here are a few facts about polyurethane to consider when updating or designing your home:

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Affordable Columns and Railings to Transform Your Porch

Posted on 7/16/18 8:39 AM

Adding a railing around a porch not only adds a level of safety, but makes a porch feel more like an outdoor room. There are so many options of style and material for columns and railings, one is really only limited by their imagination.

For our purposes here, when we say "railings" we are discussing the top and bottom materials used to hold the banister material between the two. The "banisters" make up the decorative material used to enclose your porch. Together with "columns" for roof support and posts for railings to attach to, you can create any style you choose to compliment your home's porch.

A variety of materials have been used for creating balustrades, railings, and columns. Everything from grapevines and limbs to stainless steel and glass. Truly, your imagination is your only limit. Sourcing the material you choose may be a bit more difficult if you step too far outside the box. However, if you can imagine it, you can probably make it happen.

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Porch Column Ideas From Traditional to Modern

Posted on 7/12/18 12:43 PM

In the past, a home's front porch served as the main outdoor gathering place for social visits and family relaxation. As a matter of fact, the history of our changing culture can be seen through the various architectural forms and purposes of the front porch. Why was the front porch so significant to family life during colonial times? A University of Virginia thesis on The Cultural Significance of the American Front Porch supposes that the front porch was the family's connection to their land, and to nature - in a country where the wilderness was still yet to be tamed:

In essence, the porch served as a vital transition between the uncontrollable out-of-doors and the cherished interior of the home...In many ways, the front porch represented the American ideal of family. The porch, in essence, was an outdoor living room, where the family could retire after the activities of a long day.

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How to Restore Your Home to Its Architectural Era

Posted on 7/9/18 12:37 PM

Lovers of architecture and history believe they will enjoy marrying the two when taking on restoring an older home to its natural glory. Staying true to the home's architectural era may be more of a challenge than expected. Worthington Millwork can help! 

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Guidelines for Choosing the Best Materials for Your Porch Railing

Posted on 7/6/18 9:27 AM

When building their homes, many American homeowners put a lot of thought into the type of porch they want, but sometimes they don't think much about their porch railings. Of course, the primary function of a railing is to protect individuals and pets from falling off of the elevated porch. Besides providing security, porch railings are also beautiful, adding curb appeal to a home. Before buying just any type of railing material, it's important to consider your maintenance needs and the style of your house. Here are some basic guidelines for choosing the best materials for your porch railing, along with a few considerations and warnings.

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How To Join Split Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 7/5/18 12:36 PM

There are many reason that someone may want to use split columns. These columns are for decoration purposes only. Any pole that you may not like (maybe on your porch or in your basement) column wraps can certainly make them beautiful to look at.

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How to Benefit From Using Wood for Interior Columns

Posted on 7/2/18 1:19 PM

Columns are one of those architectural details that can be used in a wide variety of materials and styles. While all columns are lovely, wood has benefits no other material can give. Today we want to focus on the benefits you receive when using wooden columns inside your home.


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