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Renovation Detail: The Chippendale Balustrade

Posted on 5/18/15 9:00 AM
In my quest to replace the iron railings on our front porch, I discovered the Chippendale balustrade and fell in love. Affectionately inspired by the work of Thomas Chippendale, an 18th-century English furniture maker, the fretwork is also influenced by Asian designs trends.

The geometric pattern is typically set within a rectangular frame and is often repeated. With careful mathematical calculations, a skilled craftsperson is able to construct the regimented balustrade, which is often found on porches, decks, widow walks and staircases.

The next time you find yourself in a historic neighborhood with well-preserved homes, take a look-see at the balustrades. You're guaranteed to stumble upon a Chippendale or two. Heck, even Thomas Jefferson used them at Monticello.
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Lean on Me: Balustrades and Rails Through the Ages to Today

Posted on 5/13/15 11:06 AM
Whether you live in a cottage by the sea, a cabin in the mountains, an apartment in the sky or even a bungalow on a suburban street, the veranda is one architectural element that stays in high regard. The balustrades and rails on our verandas not only protect loved ones, but they also harmonize with all the other important details of an exterior — occasionally becoming the standout feature.

Let the interesting balustrade and rail styles below inspire details on your own veranda.
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Porch Life: 11 Inspirational Small Porches

Posted on 2/23/15 8:39 AM
While I love the large two-story porches in Low Country homes and long wraparound porches on farmhouses, their smaller counterparts hold just as much appeal. You don't need hundreds of square feet to create a charming and welcoming porch. As long as you have a place to sit, a porch of any size is a wonderful covered outdoor space you'll enjoy from spring through fall. Here's a look at some modest porches that add miles of charm and great livable space.

Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch

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3 Secret Tips for Contractors to Save Money on Architectural Products

Posted on 12/16/14 1:00 PM

Buying architectural products like molding, columns, railing systems etc. can potentially put a big dent in a projects budget; but it does not have to! Small little changes can add up to big savings in the long run if you stay consistent with them.

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The James Wade Bolton House - Column and Balustrade Case Study

Posted on 10/30/14 9:30 AM

Worthington Millwork was contracted to provide the architectural fiberglass columns and balustrade systems for a renovation of the charming James Wade Bolton House in Alexandria, LA. This project was a historical renovation and of great significance to the town of Alexandria. To preserve the integrity of this turn-of-the-century home, an original baluster was perfectly replicated to create a whole new balustrade system. Similar components were also used in manufacturing the column shafts, capitals, bases and other parts of the balustrade system. The end result is a completed project, made with modern materials, while keeping the historic proportions and architecture of the 1899 construction period of the project.

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A Polyurethane Balustrade System After 10 Years

Posted on 7/15/14 11:11 AM

Ever wonder what a polyurethane balustrade system looks like after 10 years? Most people know that polyurethane is light, timeless, and durable. Never do they actually get to see how this looks after 10 years though.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Polyurethane Balustrade System

Posted on 3/25/14 12:44 PM

(1)    Is your system pre-painted? Polyurethane can be pre-painted prior to being packaged and shipped to your jobsite.  This is important because once you receive the product you can simply install the finished product and not paint it or simply paint over the top coat that is factory applied.  If your product is only primed, or partially primed, you will spend additional time and money just getting the product prepared to paint before applying final top coat.


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9 Major Benefits of Using a Polyurethane Balustrade System

Posted on 8/21/13 8:41 AM

Polyurethane Balustrades are a great choice when trying to achieve elegance at an affordable price.  Polyurethane balustrades typically are the most reasonably priced balustrades on the market.  They are very low maintenance and do not ever rot or deteriorate over time.  They are impervious to insects and are made to last a lifetime. This balustrade system is used on both residential and commercial structures and is also the most widely used system because of the benefits that come along with owning this great system. These benefits are extremely important in the longevity of your system, so when choosing a material you want to consider all of them and make sure that they will be as maintenance free as possible. Make a smart decision for your home.

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10 Basic Principles When Restoring A Home's Architectural Details

Posted on 7/18/13 12:59 PM

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 usable again and retaining whatever original features are possible to save, but not necessarily restoring things that have gone missing. For new owners of old houses, deciding which approach to use is the first logical step in helping map out repairs. These basic rules for sensitive historic rehabilitation - based on the secretary of the interior's standards used to enforce the Federal Rehabilitation Incentive Tax Program - office sound advice.

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Polymer Stone Balustrade on a Charleston Single Style Home

Posted on 7/2/13 2:16 PM

One of the great benefits of custom building a new home is that you get the opportunity to hand select each and every component of the house.  Though the thought and process may be both overwhelming and time consuming it is comforting to know that the end result will be built and designed the way you wanted your home to look and feel and there is no greater satisfaction.  Much of this decision process should be consulted with your architect, builder and designer to ensure that what you have in mind doesn’t conflict with the design or clash with the architecture of the home.

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How To Quickly Dress Up Your Outdoor Space With Minimal Effort

Posted on 6/28/13 11:07 AM

Do you feel like you are living in a balustrade systemhome that is beautiful and comfortable, but could use an extra touch of flair? If so, using a baluster system could be an excellent way for you to make a slight yet appealing change to your home. They are quite affordable and easy to install, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can be an excellent complement to any style of home you might have.

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The Made in America House

Posted on 5/8/13 1:30 PM

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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4 Great Reasons To Use Aluminum Railings

Posted on 4/30/13 1:26 PM

After you decide to install a railing system onto your porch your next step is to decide what material to use and how you want it to look. Many people today are going with an aluminum railing system for their home project. This system has several different features to benefit from and is a easy product to install. Please read over the benefits of purchasing and installing an aluminum railing system.

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Renovation Checklists & Guides - Printable Content

Posted on 4/17/13 12:56 PM
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 be making? Is the company structured to help with the design and the building? If you do your homework to decide how you want your project to be handled, you can make the project a great experience and one you will be happy with for years to come.
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Balustrades And Handrails: Benefits and Relevance

Posted on 3/22/13 10:33 AM

It’s easy to take a look at a stunning balustrade system in an outright marvel of architecture and get the impression that what you’re looking at is beyond the reach of the average man…figuratively speaking, that is. However, it has in fact never been easier to choose, design and arrange the installation of any such project, from a simple handrail to the most cutting-edge multi-level balustrade system on the face of the Earth today.

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4 Critical Questions to Ask a Contractor Before You Hire Them

Posted on 3/4/13 11:48 AM

1. Is your company bonded and insured?   

First let’s break down the two items in the questions.  
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Fiberglass Column & Polyurethane Balustrade System install – Florida

Posted on 2/14/13 4:09 PM

This magnificent porch column and polyurethane balustrade system installation project was installed by Shaffer Building Repair, Inc. located in Boca Grande, Florida.  This residential installation of the porch system is highlighted by six 14” x 10’ Plain Round Tapered Fiberglass columns (product # 11410PLTUSTUS) on the 1st floor and five 12” x 8’ Plain Round Tapered columns (product # 11208PLTUSTUS) on the 2nd floor.  These columns were split for reassembly to surround a structural support which prevents uplift in the high wind areas such as Florida. The seam was well hidden by the installation crew using our fiberglass column split kit specifically designed to reassemble split fiberglass columns. Bondo was then later used to hide the seam and after drying was ready for priming and painting. As seen in these project photos, when done correctly, the split seam should not be noticeable. 

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5 Steps - How to Install Balustrade Systems up to Round Porch Columns

Posted on 2/7/13 4:52 PM

Many people purchase a balustrade system that will be installed into their round porch columns. This can present a challenge of having to install a balustrade railing, which has square ends, into a round porch column. So how do you do this? We have put together these five steps on how to attach a rail to a porch column to help you get around this challenge.

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Fiberglass Column, Polyurethane Balustrade Installation in Dallas, TX

Posted on 2/5/13 2:09 PM

This custom home is an excellent example of how using exterior architectural products can make your home stand out and create unbelievable curb appeal.  The client used a combination of fiberglass and polyurethane exterior products to capitalize on a grand look.

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5 Steps to Prevent Baluster System Headaches. Know Before you Buy!

Posted on 1/28/13 2:46 PM

A few quick steps to follow that will help you tremendously when ordering balusters, or a full balustrade system! These steps are some of the most forgotten steps that cause major headaches! Print it, keep it with you, then place your order! You will appreciate it later!

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