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

Posted on 6/29/18 1:01 PM

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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5 Tips To Accent Outdoor Spaces Using Tapered Columns

Posted on 6/27/18 1:29 PM

There are many ways to change the look of plain outdoor space. Today, homeowners want to have outdoor living space that includes accents of their interior design. Columns will add elegant architectural features to the millwork carpentry that is done inside and outside of your home. Tapered columns are a great way to add details to features like decks and covered porches. Here are some tips to help accent these outdoor spaces using tapered columns:

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Tapered vs. Non-Tapered Columns: Which is Better?

Posted on 6/25/18 2:38 PM
The column is a design feature in modern designs. In historical buildings it was a structural necessity, serving to hold the roof structure. The architectural science of the period was without the arch and other means of bearing weight in buildings. Some ancient Mediterranean civilizations like the Egyptians and the Persians used columns entirely for the practical purpose of holding the roof inside the buildings. They decorated the outside walls with sculptures, reliefs cut into the walls, and painting. Columns were kept inside the buildings as weight-bearing elements. The Greeks and Romans saw the decorative value of columns and began constructing them for extensive use outside the buildings as well.

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Creative Crown Molding Ideas for Sprucing Up a Room

Posted on 6/22/18 2:18 PM

Crown molding is a versatile architectural tool when it comes to room design. From bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms, a little crown molding can go a long way to add a touch of elegance and style to any room. 

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Balustrade Systems - What Choices Are Out There?

Posted on 6/20/18 2:15 PM

When it comes to balustrade systems there are several choices out there. Which is the right one for you is strictly personal. Whether you go with frameless/semi-frameless glass, metal/cables, fiberglass, polyurethane, or polymer stone, they are all beautiful when they fit into your design.

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