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10 Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy Fiberglass Columns Online.

Posted on 12/17/15 9:39 AM

(1)  Are the fiberglass columns you are looking to purchase really made of fiberglass?

If you conduct a search online for fiberglass columns a hand full of companies pop up in the search results on both Yahoo and Google.  There are many different brands, materials, pictures, descriptions, sales pitches and offers.  With all this information it is sometimes hard to tell what you are actually purchasing and that should be SCARY as it could be a costly mistake if you don’t purchase the right product! Some E-commerce companies offer a picture, a part, and a price and call it a "fiberglass column" which is why you need to research what you are looking to purchase!


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What is an "All Fiberglass" Porch Column?

Posted on 12/14/15 9:46 AM

If you conduct a search online for the phrase "fiberglass porch columns" a hand full of companies pop up in the search results on both Yahoo and Google.  There are many different brands, materials, pictures descriptions, sales pitches and offers.  With all this information it is sometimes hard to tell what you are actually purchasing and that should be SCARY as it could be a costly mistake if you don’t purchase the right product!  Most E-commerce companies offer a picture, a part and a price and call it a fiberglass column.

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Origins and Interpretations of the Bungalow Style Home

Posted on 11/23/15 8:48 AM
The term bungalow arose in a region of India known as Bengal, of which most has become the country of Bangladesh. Small dwellings in the area were referred to as bengali, or being of Bengal. These detached houses on small plots of land were usually one story, modest in size and had a full-width front porch, or veranda. British expats working with the East India Company around the early 1700s became familiar with the reference and brought the term back to their native country. The association spread to America with the Arts and Crafts movement and traveled nearly full circle to Australia, where the “California bungalow” style became popular in the early 20th century.

While the term originally implied a single-story modest house, wide and large two-story homes of the bungalow style exist as well. The reference to a modest single-level home tends to be the more accepted connotation and has transcended several styles of architecture in the United States. “Spanish bungalow” in Southern California refers to the thousands of small, single-level stuccoed dwellings common to the region. Some refer to modest Tudor and Colonial Revival houses of the early 20th century as bungalows as well.
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Porch Posts Versus Porch Columns, What is the Difference?

Posted on 10/30/15 10:00 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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How to Read a Floor Plan

Posted on 8/28/15 9:25 AM
The floor plan, or plan, is the most common of all architectural drawings. From builders to architects, Realtors to appraisers, everyone uses a floor plan. More than likely this is because the floor plan is the one drawing that tells us the most about a house. From the type of house to the size of the house, a floor plan reveals area, structure, circulation pattern, stair location, door and window locations, room layout and so much more.

While floor plans do reveal a lot about the functional characteristics of a house, they often lack the information needed to describe the home's overall feel. This is because they can't easily show us what is going on in the third dimension. So when looking at a floor plan, remember that you're looking at just one view of the house and you'll need to look at other views to really understand all of the house's features.

Having said this, let's look at what a floor plan shows.
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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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11 Shutters to Enhance Every Window

Posted on 8/18/15 8:59 AM
The architectural detailing of traditional shutters can enhance the interior and exterior of a house. Often custom made, shutters offer full privacy with the ability to manipulate the individual louvers into the up or down position. Shutters can cover any window or door, let in as much or as little light as needed and serve as a spectacular companion to any fabric top treatment. Full of character, shutters are durable investments that can enhance a home's resale value.
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Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Posted on 8/4/15 9:08 AM
Been gazing out at your backyard, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don’t need to spend a lot to make a big difference in the way your outdoor rooms look and feel; you can whip up furnishings and decor, hunt for vintage bargains and make smart choices about new purchases. Here are 10 ideas for updating your space on a dime.
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What is a Corbel/ Bracket?

Posted on 7/31/15 8:30 AM
A corbel/ bracket is a structural or decorative bracket placed between a vertical wall and a horizontal surface (ceiling, counter, tabletop, roof). Corbels are made from wood, plaster or marble, and synthetic materials. Generally when they are made from sythetic materials (polyurethane) they last much longer. Worthington brackets actually have a lifetime warranty. Brackets that are made from polyurethane are not load bearing and are for decorative purposes only. You can definitely get creative with them since they can be cut just like a typical wood bracket. You can use them for shelves or even curtain rods to add a little touch of unexpected pizazz to your home.
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Roots of Style: The 3 Waves of Italian Renaissance

Posted on 7/28/15 10:07 AM
Eclectic styles blossomed in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Among them was Italian Renaissance, which began around 1890 and remained popular until the 1930s. The Great Depression and World War II ended its run for a few decades. But it has since regained significant ground and is now frequently replicated in Sunbelt areas, though usually in higher-end homes. Being of Mediterranean origin, this style is similar to other Spanish period styles, such as Spanish eclectic and Mission. It is loosely related to the preceding Italianate style but should not be confused with that fashion, as they are quite different when closely examined. Italianate houses fall into the Victorian-era category, and many are clad in wood, for example.
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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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What You Need to Know When Considering a Cabana or Covered Patio

Posted on 7/13/15 9:00 AM
Mother Nature is a fickle friend. To fully appreciate the wonders of outdoor living this summer — rain or shine — an outdoor covered structure that brings the indoors out, and the outdoors in, might be the answer for you. Here’s everything you need to know, from planning to location to function and cost, as you consider building a covered structure for your home.
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When Does a House Become a Home?

Posted on 7/8/15 9:00 AM
Why is it that certain places feel like home right away, but others may take months or even years before they feel like yours? Is it the location, something about the home itself or something else? Here we’ll explore these questions and some ways to get settled at home. Please add your own experiences in the Comments!
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How to Spruce Up Your Patio for Summertime Fun

Posted on 6/22/15 9:31 AM
At last the weather is warming up, the plants are springing to life and the sun is beckoning us outside. It may still be drizzling on occasion, but we know our gardens will be getting some heavy use in the next few months. To help you make the most of your outdoor space this summer, here are six simple ways (that won’t break the budget) to ensure that you’re ready.
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6 Ways to Create an Inviting Home Entrance

Posted on 6/15/15 9:11 AM
I visit a lot of homes each year in many different settings: some in-town, and some way 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 ideabook includes 6 helpful ways on how to create an entrance to your home that guides your visitors from the outside in.
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So You Want to Build: 7 Steps to Create a New Home

Posted on 6/11/15 8:49 AM
Whether building new or renovating an existing structure, creating a new home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. It’s a chance for you to define your relationship to the world, to your family and to yourself. Creating a home is more than building “3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms.” It is so much more than the sum of a few parts.

As with any journey, you’ll want to do some research and plan your trip. You’ll want to have a sense of what the end result should be and how much it’ll cost. And while you’ll no doubt be able to go it alone, having a seasoned and experienced guide show you the way will likely mean a more enjoyable, more enriching and overall better journey.

Let’s look at the steps, in chronological order, involved in creating a home.
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5 Remodels That Make Good Resale Value Sense — and 5 That Don’t

Posted on 6/8/15 9:38 AM
Repeat after me: I am the master of my remodel. Perhaps you should say it again, because sadly, it’s not always so. Remodels sometimes have a tendency to develop their own inertia, as decisions lead to new dilemmas, unintended consequences and surprising outcomes. In some cases, these flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable, provided the design and completed execution truly align with the vision and budget.

But if your budget is a concern, and the wise investment of limited home improvement dollars matters, then there are a few basic guidelines you should familiarize yourself with before planning your remodel. Today we review five remodels that typically make good financial sense, providing a nice return on the investment at the time of resale — and five that don’t.
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Building Permits: 10 Critical Code Requirements for Every Project

Posted on 6/4/15 9:56 AM
If only the three little pigs had gotten a permit. How different their story would be. If each piggy’s home had been constructed to code, it could have withstood the onslaught of an earthquake, a blizzard, a fire or a wolf’s mighty wind.

Today we’ll examine 10 critical code requirements that often come into play in typical U.S. remodel projects. Whether you’re tackling a project yourself or working with a professional, you’ll want make sure these codes are met. Especially if there’s a huffing and puffing wolf in your neighborhood.

More in this series:
When a Permit Is Required and When It’s Not | The Submittal Process
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A Historic Charleston Charmer Home Is Reborn

Posted on 6/1/15 9:15 AM
For as long as historic bus tours have been run along the cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina, a point of interest has been the classical revival home originally owned by John N. Tidemann. A pre–Civil War beauty boasting wrought iron gates, mahogany shutters and a gracious front porch (or piazza), this “Charleston single” home was beginning to show its age when Nancy and Steve Feinberg purchased it in 2014. The Feinbergs, who own a manufacturing company in Hong Kong, had been living in Chicago nine months a year and wintering in Charleston for more than a decade. They were now ready to split their time evenly between the Windy City and the charming Southern town. To make the transition complete, the Feinbergs reached out to Palm Springs, California, interior designer Dann Foley to bring back their historic house’s original grandeur.
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10 Outdoor Room Ideas That Radiate Style

Posted on 5/27/15 2:53 PM
Longer days mean more time to relax outdoors with a cool drink, watching the sun dip below the fence line. Furnish your outdoor rooms in style, from the front porch to the back deck, with the right combination of comfortable furniture and fresh accessories. From beachy to retro cool, here are 10 outdoor spaces that get it right.
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