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Millwork Moulding and Trim Adds Custom Details To Your Home

Posted on 10/5/18 12:35 PM

No matter how much you loved your house when you bought it, eventually things start to look a little tired and the idea of a renovation takes hold and just won't let go. Unless your house was a custom build, or you were able to add upgrades when you built, chances are good that the problem is your rooms lack individuality.

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Transforming Your Porch on a Budget

Posted on 10/3/18 11:53 AM

There is nothing more welcoming or inviting than a beautiful, nicely decorated front porch. Redesigning your front porch and refreshing the exterior view of your home can rejuvenate the look of your home! There are a few simple things you can do that won't break the bank in order to create in inviting and personalized front porch! With a few pieces of furniture and some color, you can completely transform your front porch without completely overspending.

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So You Want to Build? 7 Basic Steps to Creating a New Home

Posted on 9/14/18 8:53 AM

Everybody wants to build their own home--from the first settlers in the Colonies through westward expansion--there's something iconically American about building a house. Whether it's a two room cabin on the prairie or a mountainous retreat, we love the idea of building something. The building dream usually crashes into the reality of construction, and most potential home builders become home buyers instead--choosing to purchase an existing home, or new builder construction.

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Top 10 Questions You Should Ask When Buying Square or Round Fiberglass Columns.

Posted on 9/5/18 11:02 AM

Ordering fiberglass columns can be overwhelming and mind-boggling when you have no idea what you should be buying in the first place.  Questions with regards to quality, manufacturer reputation, column longevity, warranty, materials and shipping come to mind. No worries, we have come up with a list of 10 questions you should ask your manufacturer when purchasing columns.

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Why to Avoid Shopping for Millwork at Big-box Supply Stores

Posted on 8/20/18 2:18 PM

If you're like most Americans, you probably buy most of your household and outdoor products at big-box supply stores. Also known as superstores or supercenters, big-box supply stores are large retail establishments that are usually part of a chain. These national chains are known for attracting customers by offering low prices. However, their products don't always have the highest quality. When it comes to millwork products or building supplies, it's not a good idea to shop at a supercenter or big-box supply store. Here are some of the reasons to avoid shopping at big-box supply stores for millwork products, along with a few considerations and warnings.

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How To Install Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 8/15/18 3:15 PM

Installing fiberglass columns can sometime be confusing or a hassle. We have broken down our installation instructions so that it is easy to install and also fast. This is simple enough that a homeowner can do it! As always if you have any questions on your installation feel free to give us a call!

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Restoring an Old Home: 5 Tips That Can Add the Most Resale Value

Posted on 8/10/18 2:20 PM

Do you have an older home that could use some TLC and updating? Maybe you know your house needs a few renovations, but are worried about how much it may cost. While some remodeling projects can be quite expensive, others are easier on the wallet, while still making a significant improvement and increasing the value of a home. You don't have to spend a fortune on home renovations. Here are five basic tips for restoring an old home that can add the most resale value.

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How To Correctly Paint Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 5/11/18 2:31 PM

Fiberglass columns are one of the most commonly purchased columns today. They are very easy to paint and offer a limited lifetime warranty (depending on where you purchased them from). They are extremely durable and can withstand a variety of conditions and abuse. Painting columns the correct way is very important. You don't want to have to sand it all down and start over again, so why not read these directions and get it right the first time!

     

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Six Reasons to Choose Aluminum Railing for Your Next Porch Project

Posted on 4/6/18 8:00 AM

If you are looking to make some improvements to your house, one possibility you may be thinking about could be the installation of a new railing to provide additional support or visual flair. When it comes to railing materials, there are multiple options out there, but today, more and more homeowners are choosing to go with aluminum for a variety of reasons. Here are six reasons why you should go with aluminum when it's time to install the latest addition to your home.

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What kind of fiberglass column for homes are available?

Posted on 4/2/18 8:00 AM

The fiberglass column is a structural element that not only supports your roof, but also lends extra character to the overall aesthetic of your home.

Fiberglass is lightweight and both water and rot resistant with a class A fire rating. There are multiple choices when it comes to fiberglass columns. Which one is the best choice for your home?

Round tapered fiberglass columns

These fiberglass porch columns, additionally known as cast columns, is one of the most popular designs today. Reminiscent of the old Tuscan order of columns, but with a wider base and a slimmer top, this column draws viewers eyes upwards. These regal columns could be ideal for a home porch and are most widely used on most projects.

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10 Home Areas That Likely Need a Pro

Posted on 7/5/16 9:30 AM
If you are working on a DIY remodel, deciding whether to call in a specialty contractor to perform a specific task comes down to several areas you'll need to consider:
  • Skill. Do you have the necessary skills to build a sound structure, and do it safely?
  • Scale. Is the size of the project one that you can handle in a reasonable amount of time?
  • Cost. When factoring in the value of your own time, can the project be completed for less cost by a professional? Do you have the tools you need?
  • Aesthetics. Can you finish the project attractively enough that you're not sacrificing resale value? Would a rough grout joint or wallpaper seam bother you?
Learn more about the specific problem areas that often require professional help below.
 
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Construction Contracts: How to Understand What You Are Buying

Posted on 6/28/16 10:00 AM
It’s always important to know what you’re buying. When you buy something at a store, you get the hands-on experience of seeing its size and how it looks, feels and works. You leave the store knowing exactly what you’ve bought.

When you agree to pay for construction work, though, it’s up to you, your architect and your contractor to agree on what will be built. This can be difficult, because the “product” you’re talking about is something that’s never been built and doesn’t even exist yet except in everyone’s minds — and in documents.
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Your Complete Guide to Building Permits

Posted on 6/21/16 10:00 AM
Yes, the building permit process can be a frustrating, costly and-time consuming affair, but there is purpose to the process and no getting around your local jurisdiction if you want to do your project right.

Here we recap the building permit basics, with links to more in-depth analysis of various stages of the planning, permitting and inspection processes. It’s an overview of a subject you should familiarize yourself with before tackling your home remodel project.
 
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Construction Contracts: What to Know About Estimates vs. Bids

Posted on 6/1/16 2:32 PM
When planning a home remodeling or new construction project, one of the first things homeowners usually want to know is how much the work will cost. Part of asking about cost is not just defining what the work will be but also knowing what form you would like the contract to take — fixed price (also known as a bid) or time and materials (also known as cost plus or estimate of cost). Understanding the subtleties of these contract forms will help you decide which is right for you.
 

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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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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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Top 5 Ceiling Medallion Uses for 2015

Posted on 3/16/15 9:36 AM

In Today’s economy everyone is looking for creative ways to design living spaces using items in a way they ordinarily wouldn’t; such as ceiling medallions. This trend has seemingly exploded since our first post about this in 2012.

Ceiling Medallions are a very versatile product. Using them as a table base with a baluster shaft makes for an adorable side table. Painting these with bright vibrant colors can bring a dull room alive with a pop of color coming from an unexpected place.

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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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13 Pro Tips for Crown Molding

Posted on 3/10/14 11:04 AM

1. Make sure that each length of your crown moldings you purchase has the exact same spring angle, width and thickness. Why? Building supply stores purchase their crown (and trim) from several manufactures, each using their own different fabrication standards/ tolerances.

2. Always check the square of your saw before you begin. For every degree your saw is out, you will get twice that error for each joint you cut.

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How to Correctly Cut Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 2/10/14 9:57 AM
Fiberglass columns are used in interior and exterior building applications, and can be custom cut to size to fit your project design. Have a question? Get answers from an expert now!

If you are not comfortable with cutting your own columns to height Worthington Millwork can always cut the columns for you.

 

  

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