The problem with most houses these days (like since the 1980s) is that, for one reason or another, they all look pretty much alike. So you can rant at the real estate fairies about why can't you have an English country home on two acres with a lily pond or a tennis court, when in reality you've got a third of an acre and the only way you know it's your driveway is because you recognize your kid's bicycles. Settle down, and get thinking about ways to customize your entrance--and go back thousands of years to ancient architecture for your inspiration.
It's no secret that the floor plan of a home can make it or break it for many people. They have something in mind when it comes to the layout of their home and this is either what they envision when creating the blueprint or what they look for when viewing homes that are already built. One thing that may not be thought of as commonly, is just how important it is for the architectural millwork to be customized along with the floor plan. Good architectural millwork can make all of the different in the world when it comes to improving a floor plan and really catching the eye of a potential buyer. Here are some great ways to improve your floor plan design with architectural millwork.
One of the great things about living in the United States is the huge variety of choices you have in the marketplace. You have almost unlimited option when it comes to picking out cars, and clothes, and your choices say a lot about who you are, what your taste is, and how you spend your money. The one big purchase where your options are the most limited is in your home--unless you can afford a truly custom build, the details you get to choose in your home are in inverse proportion to the money you spend. It's a little unnerving when every house on the block is so similar you're not entirely sure which driveway is yours.
If only you could wave your magic hammer and give your home a facelift--change up some details and add some architectural interest to the facade and the interior--without raiding the kid's college funds.
When you're ready to renovate, the exterior of your building can matter just as much as the interior. There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to exterior appeal, including color, style, material, and architectural elements. An exterior cornice is one such element, which can be added to the outside of a building for an immediate and long-lasting impact.
There are few architectural styles that are more distinctly American than that of Craftsman style homes and bungalows. Since the beginning of the 20th century when Craftsman style homes were introduced, they have been the most popular style of home for working-class homeowners. Let's take a brief look at the history of this unique form of architecture, what makes a Craftsman home a Craftsman home, and why they became so popular.
Most people don't think of decorating their ceilings--but maybe they should. Or you should--start a trend.
If you're looking to make some changes to your house, install some decorative ceiling beams--they're dramatic and impressive addition to your home's architecture. For hundreds of years, beams were exposed--both the wall supports and the roof trusses. As building methods and materials improved, walls were plastered over, and eventually the roof beams were also covered by wood or plaster.
If you think that exposed beams are not for you--your ceilings aren't high enough, your house is too modern, beams are too rustic--think again. You can source beams in a variety of materials, colors, and finishes, and integrate them into just about any home's architecture.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.