From high-end luxury homes to the most basic spec-built home, it seems that a traditionally designed house has to have at least one column based on designs from antiquity. Around 2,500 years ago, the Greeks invented what have become known as the classical orders. These orders (Doric, Ionic and Corinthian) were adopted by the ancient…

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The capital is often selected for ornamentation; and is often the clearest indicator of the architectural order. The treatment of its detail may be an indication of the building’s date. It mediates between the column and the load thrusting down upon it, broadening the area of the column’s supporting surface. Decorative capitals also give a…

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“My favorite word for greek revival houses is capacious. They are not colonials,” says historian John Crosby Freeman, who grew up in one. They were built well into the 19th century, but they are unornamented, not gingerbread darlings. Greek Revival is the style that arrived between eras. At first used in public and civic buildings,…

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Did you know there is a big difference between restoring a house and rehabilitating one? Restoring your home involves faithfully repairing and re-creating a building’s original architectural elements so that it closely resembles its appearance at a previous point in time. Rehabilitating your home is more interpretive – it involves making the structure sound and…

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A Montana builder set out to improve the country’s employment rate by sourcing American-made building materials throughout an entire home.

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Selecting the right company for your home remodeling project can be one of the hardest phases in the building process. How do you know if you’ve got the right company for your project? Can you trust them to do what needs to be done and that they will educate you about the decisions you will…

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Installing decorative capitals can sometimes be confusing unless you have a handy guide like this! Get a quick detailed explanation of how to install these beautiful capitals perfectly!   A. DECORATIVE CAPITAL INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS The capitals should be primed and painted with two coats of oil or alkyd paint immediately. If the capitals are allowed…

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