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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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Which Architectural Column Material is the Most Affordable?

Posted on 8/22/18 2:10 PM

Architectural columns 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, Greek Revival, Octagon, Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival, Beaux Arts, American Foursquare, Arts & Crafts and Ranch style. 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.

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Why to Avoid Shopping for Millwork at Big-box Supply Stores

Posted on 8/20/18 2:18 PM

If you're like most Americans, you probably buy most of your household and outdoor products at big-box supply stores. Also known as superstores or supercenters, big-box supply stores are large retail establishments that are usually part of a chain. These national chains are known for attracting customers by offering low prices. However, their products don't always have the highest quality. When it comes to millwork products or building supplies, it's not a good idea to shop at a supercenter or big-box supply store. Here are some of the reasons to avoid shopping at big-box supply stores for millwork products, along with a few considerations and warnings.

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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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