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Architectural Detail Experts | A Blog by Worthington Millwork

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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Millwork and Casework - Know the Differences

Posted on 9/19/18 9:30 AM

When investing in a space, it's important to know the differences in what you're potentially purchasing, as well as the reasons you might choose one over another. One common choice in the decision-making process is choosing between millwork and casework.

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Traditional Architecture and Modern Homes

Posted on 9/4/18 3:30 PM

Perusing real estate websites for inspiration to warm up your own modern home is guaranteed to confuse you--houses aren't just ranch, bungalow, or colonial anymore; they're mid-century, or transitional, or any strange architectural combination--modern Mediterranean, anyone?

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Why Signature Homes Need Architectural Millwork

Posted on 8/31/18 3:13 PM

What makes a house a home? A home is a unique and familiar space that becomes a source of comfort and the setting for some of our most meaningful memories. Over time the details of your home, both architectural and otherwise, become these special points of interest that differentiate your home from someone else's. Interestingly, a lot of the unique qualities and features in a home are created by the strategic use of millwork. Millwork ingrains personality and function into the space, providing the room with features that reflect its purpose and instills character into the home. Here is a look at why architectural millwork is such an important aspect of a signature home.

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Designing your own home? Consider Architectural Millwork For Ultimate Functionality

Posted on 8/17/18 1:50 PM

Designing your home can be a very exciting experience. One of the best ways to take advantage of this unique opportunity is to customize certain spaces to cater to the room's purpose and your personal design aesthetic. By integrating millwork into your design choices you can add elegant details and emphasize the positive features of the room. Here is a look at how architectural millwork can elevate a space to the next level of style and functionality.

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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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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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Crown Molding: Is It Right for Your Home?

Posted on 6/13/18 12:50 PM
Crown moldings are one of the architectural features that can really add value to your home. They add a visual presence that can make a home feel more upscale. Done well, they instantly say this home is well-crafted and solid. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an older home beautifully appointed with lovely crown moldings, you may find yourself feeling like your home is lacking in architectural details that give it distinction.
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Polyurethane Crown Molding Options

Posted on 5/30/18 3:44 PM

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make your home look more stunning as well as add value to it? Many homeowners use crown molding to give their rooms more character and warmth. One of the best crown molding materials is polyurethane. Here are some of the benefits of polyurethane crown molding, along with some creative options for using this type of crown molding throughout your home.

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Victorian Dining Room Keeps It Formal Yet Fresh

Posted on 4/28/16 8:53 AM
This Queen Anne home certainly hadn’t been treated like a queen. A series of bad renovations had stripped away her beauty and left her looking washed-out. After a thorough renovation, though, she’s regained some of her stateliness, especially in the dramatic dining room, which respects the home’s Victorian architecture while feeling fresh and updated.
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How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim

Posted on 8/21/15 9:02 AM
When it comes to architecture, details count. They also define. The places where floors, doors, ceilings and windows meet the walls are usually accompanied by trim. The way that trim is executed has refined and defined our houses throughout history. Trim adds character and flavor to a home, the way pearl buttons finish off a shirt or cinnamon completes a coffee cake. And it helps distinguish one style of architecture from another.

Project: New interior trim.

Why: Whether you want to embellish or change the character of your space, trim will give your rooms more personality and a stronger identity.
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Before and After: Beauty and Functionality in an American Foursquare

Posted on 7/21/15 8:40 AM
Life was different when this traditional foursquare home near Boston was built in the early 1900s. Back then, rooms were separate and had clear assignments: The kitchen was for cooking, the dining room was for eating and so on. In those days, windows let in cold air during the winter, so they tended to be smaller and less embracing of a view.

This home had been remodeled over the years, and each refresh had added details that were not age- or architecturally appropriate and took the home away from the plain-spoken look of an American foursquare. The new owners wanted to bring back some of the original details (or what could have been original) and add modern touches, so they hired Robert S. MacNeille, design principal and president of Carpenter & MacNeille.
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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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9 Crown Molding Types to Raise the Bar on Your Kitchen Cabinetry

Posted on 10/1/14 10:38 AM
Moldings can make any project look custom. When applied to kitchen cabinetry in particular, these architectural details can help enhance the most basic cabinet style. With the multitude of different configurations and designs available, crown molding, edge molding and more can help personalize your next kitchen project.

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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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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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5 Simple Steps to Removing Trim Moulding

Posted on 9/10/13 9:40 AM

Removing finish trim is a skill that will come in handy for any home restorer. Plumbers and electricians often cut through trim moulding to do their upgrades, roughhousing kids and fast-moving pets can damage old or delicate baseboards, and it's often necessary to patch-in repairs. Not to mention that after a century of painting, trim often needs stripping to regain its luster and reclaim its profiles. Read on to discover how it's done.

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What You Need to Know About Greek Revival Home's

Posted on 7/31/13 2:37 PM

"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, Greek Revival became the overriding style for houses during the 1830's and 1840's, and did not fade until after the civil war. The rather obvious architectural model was the Greek temple. Besides columns - barely discernible as corner pilasters on many houses - Greek motifs define the style. These buildings were not seen as replicas, though, but as an innovative and politically appropriate form.

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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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How To Build A Crown Moulding Miter Box

Posted on 6/13/13 1:44 PM

Installing crown moulding, like playing the piano, takes practice. Unlike playing the piano, however, most people can get the hang of it with only a little practice. Before you take the time to become a master, however, you may want more information on preassembled corner pieces that simplify the project tremendously.

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