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The Hidden Problems in Old Houses

Posted on 6/14/16 9:14 AM
Whether you live in an older home or are considering buying or remodeling one, there are old-house problems you should familiarize yourself with. Some may be seen as mere nuisances (charming even), but others can be downright dangerous. Before you take the plunge, get to know the signs and costs associated with the repair of some common problems.
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How to Hire the Right Architect: Comparing Fees

Posted on 5/11/16 9:32 AM
The only thing harder than choosing the right architect is understanding how architects charge.

Why is it so hard to know what you can expect to pay before you begin? What’s the difference between an hourly rate, a fixed fee and a percentage of the construction cost? And, more important, which one is best for your project and your bottom line?

While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, with some basic understanding of architectural fees, you should be able to devise an apples-to-apples comparison when one architect give you a proposal based on an hourly fee and another proposes a percentage based on the cost of construction.

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Wright's Jaw-Dropping Hollyhock House

Posted on 5/4/16 9:01 AM

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What is the “Made in USA” Standard and Why is it Important?

Posted on 12/21/15 9:00 AM

In a world full of “natural foods” and “safe drugs” it’s disconcerting to find that some of these terms which give us buying comfort actually have zero government regulation, and mean absolutely nothing at all. What is assuring is that the label “Made in USA” does not fall into this category. In fact, it is a highly regulated, very specific, black and white term – it either is or it isn’t, and the FTC sees to it that consumers have that assurance.

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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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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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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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Custom Moulding for Lyric Theatre in Birmingham Alabama

Posted on 10/10/13 8:52 AM

The Lyric Theatre, found in Birmingham, Alabama, is a historical theatre that was built in 1914 for B.F. Keith’'s Vaudeville circuit. According to a history write-up by “The Lyric Fine Arts Theater” website on wix.com, “Major stars such as the Marx Brothers, Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Will Rogers, and Milton Berle played the Lyric. Berle said it was ‘as fine a theater as any in New York.’”

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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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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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The Five Scariest Trends Facing Custom Home builders

Posted on 5/6/13 3:26 PM
In today’s soft market can you really afford to continue to ignore the trends that are threatening your very livelihood? The answer is NO! With the housing market down, materials at an all time high and interest rates increasing, let’s face it. It is getting harder to stay in business each year.
It must be frustrating for you at times and if you are like most other custom home builders we know… you’re even losing sleep over it. You are not alone and because we care about your success (and your sleep) we hired a fortune 500 research firm to examine your industry. We found some very interesting information you are going to want to check out for yourself.  
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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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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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Non-Tapered Fiberglass Column Installation near Atlanta, GA

Posted on 2/6/13 4:48 PM

Our WorthingtonCast™ fiberglass columns were originally selected for the New Community Bank and Trust project to be used on the drive-thru in Clarkesville, GA.

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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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Custom Brackets & Molding Smyrna, GA

Posted on 1/24/13 2:59 PM

Worthington’s exterior polyurethane millwork was used for the exterior cornices on the New Smyrna Elementary School in Smyrna, Georgia by the architectural firm Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews & Moore.  The polyurethane material was selected by the architect due to the custom trim profiles that can be detailed with the flat board and radius shapes which give them a finished product that is aesthetically pleasing.  Worthington provided two custom exterior brackets for the project application which were used by the architect to give the fascia more character. The crisp lines and radius details on this fascia and custom brackets are very difficult to achieve with other exterior products. 

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Incredible Residential Balustrade System Installation – Illinois

Posted on 1/14/13 2:48 PM


When your Balustrade System order is completed you as a homeowner or a contractor want your delivery to be on time, the installation to go right, and make sure you have all the material onsite to complete the job. Well here is an example of a project that was completed by one of our clients back in 2012 where all of the above was just that. The project location is in Illinois and the homeowner is a do-it-yourselfer and ordered all of his polymer stone balustrade from our WorthingtonStone collection in the “Limestone” color for his magnificent custom home. The homeowner did the installation himself and was very pleased with the end result. 


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