Mar 042016

For a lot of people, columns are an ‘outside’ thing – but these photos from customer Shaun Stephens demonstrate that they can look super stylish inside as well.

Basement pillars wrapped in faux stone with caps

This is the first thing you see when you come down the stairs into Shaun’s basement.

Shaun Stephens recently sent us pictures of his finished basement; its most stylish feature being Colorado Stacked Stone column wraps from the Norwich line.

He chose them to surround the supporting pillars of his basement; and they look fantastic. Not only are they vividly realistic – almost indistinguishable from real stone – but they match the dark hardwood floors beautifully.

“We loved the product,” Shaun writes. “We’re definitely going to use it again for other projects.”

Using these wraps was the perfect idea for Shaun’s basement, because they could be installed on the existing columns without taking them down or removing them. They’re actually installed like a jigsaw puzzle, one panel at a time, on a wooden frame created around the supporting beam. The end cap comes in two pieces, and slots together over the top.

Finished basement with hardwood floors and support pillars wrapped in faux stacked stone.

The finished columns go perfectly with the hardwood floors.

Once installed, you can cover over any gaps in the seams with colored caulk, and the finished result is incredibly authentic looking. In fact, it would be difficult to tell that they weren’t real stone except by reaching out and touching them.

And while they look like real stone, the finished project costs just a fraction of the price – and takes hours to install, rather than the days you’d have to set aside if you were using real stone.

We love the finished project, and hope it inspires more people to use faux columns in their basement, or elsewhere inside there home. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments section below.


Super stylish basement columns that mimic the look of real stacked stone.

The column wraps themselves were easy enough to assemble, even for somebody with limited carpentry skills.


Basement pillars with Norwich stacked stone pillar wraps

The choice of Norwich panels really compliments the decor.


Finished basement with support columns enhanced with fake stone column wraps

We love the finished look.

Sep 252015

Faux columns are a popular choice to serve as gateposts and entrance ways. Given their versatility, here are some high-tech additions you could include during installation.

Whether you’re shopping here, or visiting our sister sites at or, one thing that will rapidly become apparently to you is that ‘going faux’ has some significant advantages.

Faux stone gatepost with hollow interior to accommodate an intercom.

Adding an intercom is much easier with our faux stone gateposts.

Our stone or brick veneer products are vividly realistic – so much so that it’s almost impossible to tell them from the real thing except by touch. And that realism is paired with unbelievable cost savings – the columns cost a fraction of what real stone or brick would. In addition, they boast seamless ease-of-installation – installing one takes just hours, as opposed to days of brick or masonary work.

This is why they’re a great choice for a driveway entrance, or as a gatepost. You can get an impressive country-club style driveway for a fraction of the price of a ‘real’ stone entrance.

But there are additional benefits beyond that.

For a start, the columns are hollow on the inside. That means there’s a lot of space to add hardware and gadgets that you simply wouldn’t be able to in a solid stone column. Secondly, they’re made from high density polyurethane foam; which can be cut with a regular wood saw or drill. As a result, it’s easy to install switches, buttons and panels.

As a result, you can seamlessly install a variety of tools to add a whole new level of practicality to your entrance.

Gateposts are the application that lend themselves best to this. The columns make great supports for wrought iron or aluminium gates; and inside them you can install automatic openers, or a wireless or wired intercom system.

The wires connecting these gadgets are completely hidden within the post; and if anything goes wrong with them they’re easily accessible for repair. Not only that – unlike with traditional stone columns, upgrading the equipment is much easier.

Given how many new and clever tools there are out there, this kind of versatility is a great selling point – and another reason why ‘going faux’ is often an improvement over the genuine article.


Sep 042015

Stone-style driveway entry columns can make a standout first impression.

Stone style driveway entry columns attached to a wooden fence

Faux stone driveway entry columns offer versatility and practicality

One of the most popular uses for our faux columns is in the driveway. They’re a great option for adding impressive stone-style columns, gateposts and fenceposts without having to buy and build with real brick or stone. You can slide them over and attach them to wooden posts in the ground; and once installed it’s practically impossible to tell that the columns are not the real thing.

And, in some respects, they’re actually better than the real thing. For a start, they’re cheaper and easier to install. A row of these columns can be purchased for a fraction of the price of real stone; and they will take just hours to install, instead of days.

Wrought iron driveway gate flanked by two faux stone columns.

Thanks to the ease of installation, these wrought iron gates are incredibly sturdy; even though the columns at either end are faux!

And, in addition, there are a lot of cool things you can do with them that you can’t do with real stone.

In terms of a driveway, for example, you can use the hollow space inside the posts to install automatic gate openers, intercoms, cameras or more.

We also offer styles that feature built-in mailboxes, which are another popular addition to the driveway.

The columns are also great for use on fences, because you can cut them to attach fencing in a variety of different ways.

Fencing can be installed seamlessly, whether it's wooden or metal.

The columns can be installed seamlessly on fencing, whether it’s wooden or metal.

Made from high density polyurethane foam, the material can be cut with a regular wood saw and altered to perfectly align with wooden or metal fencing.

The best part about working for is discovering all the amazing things customers do with our products – we’re still learning what can be done with them! Lightweight and versatile, the columns are great tools for imaginative people; and we’re always blown away with how they’re used in new and innovative ways.

Aug 142015

Our fake columns look like the real thing – but how do they work?

Fake columns flank the entrance to this home's large front porch.

Fake columns added the look of real stone to this porch without the headaches.

One question we’re frequently asked about our fake columns is: How do you install them?

The answer depends on the specific type of column you purchase – and we have detailed installation instructions for all of them on our website.

But some aspects are the same throughout – the most fundamental of these being that our beams are installed on wooden posts. We recommend a 4″ or 5″ post, cemented into the ground.

This takes a little bit of handiwork, but isn’t beyond the skills of most focused homeowners.

Once the post is installed, different columns install in different ways.

Supporting wooden post within the column

Supporting wooden post within the column

Our Ashford models, for example, have stack sections inside which you cut to size with a carpentry jigsaw.

Then the columns are simply slotted over the installation post, and filled with a few inches of concrete for a totally secure foundation.

Norwich columns, in contrast, are referred to as ‘wraps’.

These are polyurethane corner panels which slot together to form a column.

Norwich fake column wraps install onto a framework built around the installation post.

Norwich wraps install onto a framework built around the installation post.

These need to be installed on a wooden base frame, which requires slightly more work because you’ll have to frame out the foundation first.

Carlton sleeves slip directly over a 6"x6" post.

Carlton sleeves slip directly over a 6″x6″ post.

Carlton sleeves work in a similar way, except you attach them directly to a 6″x6″ installation post – installing them with regular wood screws and caulk.

Because they slot together like jigsaw pieces, the finished look is totally seamless; and it’s difficult to tell they’re not made from real carefully stacked stone.

Whichever style of column you choose, just know that we’re here to help make sure it works for you. Our website features complete and detailed instructions on installing all these products – and we’re never more than a telephone call or email away if you need further support.

Jul 312015

Get an iconic Americana look without the heavy cost of masonry.

Craftsman style porch with Ashford faux River Rock columns.

Craftsman style porch with Ashford River Rock columns in Calico

The “American Craftsman” period of home design is one of the most iconic in American architectural history. From the late 19th century through to about 1930, middle class homeowners across the nation adopted a style of home design that focused on handicraft, the use of local materials and a focus on elegance through simplicity.

The result is the ‘Craftsman’ style home – each one unique, but sharing design details that make them one of the most sought-after and copied styles of home in the world.

Today, with the explosion of modular home technology and cookie-cutter building techniques, our homes are less ‘craftsman’ style than ever – but a lot of homeowners are deciding to make their houses stand out by adding craftsman style touches to them. Our faux columns are a fantastic tool to do this – as they can provide the materials for craftsman-style columns and posts, but cost a fraction of what real stone or brick would.

Before and after photo of home garage with stacked stone pillars installed.

This driveway got a nice design upgrade with stacked stone pillars added to the garage overhang.

In a real craftsman home, columns and posts are structural, and laid by hand with real stone and brick.

Ours are installed directly onto a wooden frame, and provide the look and texture of real stone or brick, but without the masonary or material costs.

In fact, even an amateur designer can create amazing looking columns using these products, using just regular tools like a wood saw, and equipped with only basic carpentry skills.

Exterior shot of home remodeled with faux stone columns and panels.

Pair our columns with faux panels for a complete home transformation

And, because the columns are painstakingly molded from real brick and stone, the end results are practically indistinguishable from the authentic article.

Take a look in our gallery here for more pictures of homes given the ‘craftsman’ style look with faux columns.

Jul 172015

World-class equestrian sports rely on!

Horse jump designs made spectacular with faux stone columns.

Faux columns are a great way to make imposing competition jumps.

Faux columns were originally envisioned to bring the look of authentic stone and brick to houses, without the cost. But like all great products, people outside of that sphere have spotted their advantages, and are quick to create new uses for our products.

One particually exciting application is in equestrian sports. More and more world-class showjumpers and eventers are using the columns to create stunning horse jump designs for competitions and events.

There are many great reasons for ‘going faux’ when it comes to horse jumps. In shows especially, there’s a demand for jumps to be light and highly mobile so that they can be moved around to create entirely new courses time after time; and obviously that’s not something that would be possible with real stone or brick!

Horse jumps made with faux stone or brick columns are much safer for the horse and rider in cases of impact.

Lightweight, the columns make a much safer jump than using real stone or brick.

The jumps can also be designed to be adjustable – with pole mounts that allow you to increase or lower the height of a jump depending on the level of competition.

Traditionally, jumps have been created from wood, or even hay bales or other lightweight materials. Using faux columns also adds a fantastic visual element to them; providing the look and texture of real stone or brick.

This is especially useful in the higher tiers of equestrian competition, in which companies can actually sponsor individual jumps. In those cases, there’s a competition between sponsors to have the most visibly striking jump on the course; and our products allow for all sorts of incredible looks that you wouldn’t be able to achive otherwise.

Polyurethane columns flank a competition horse jump.

Polyurethane columns can be cut with regular wood tools, making them almost limitless in their versatility.

But perhaps the most important aspect is that they’re safe. Made from lightweight polyurethene foam, and mounted to wooden frames, the jumps won’t injure a horse in a collision, unlike real stone or brick. This is a serious safety concern; which is why most professional show jumps are designed to collapse upon impact.

Safer, cheaper and more versatile – the advantages of using our faux products keep adding up.  Whether you’re a fan of horse competition or not, make sure you keep an eye out the next time equestrian sports are on TV. Chances are increasingly likely you’ll see one of our columns out there!

Jun 122015

Stone columns look fantastic – but ‘going faux’ and using imitation stone columns can offer design advantages even the real things can’t!

Twin half columns made from polyurethane stone flank the entrance of an outdoor patio.

Our faux columns make it easy to add hidden speakers, and run hidden wiring.

There are a lot of reasons to choose faux over the real thing. One major benefit is cost – our high density polyurethene columns are a fraction of the cost of real stone or brick. A second is practicality – you can install one of these columns in a matter of hours, instead of the days it would take to lay real brick, mortar and stone.

But in addition to those benefits, there are design options available that just don’t exist with the real thing. This is because of the hollow space inside the column itself.

This space gives you countless options for running electrics, plumbing and other gear inside – to add recessed lighting, speakers or water features. Electrical outlets are a common favorite, as access to power in the garden or yard can be annoying and impractical, and faux columns enable you to seamlessly provide an outlet without having to run an unsightly extension cord.

Recessed speakers and lights are also popular. Because the columns are made from high density molded polyurethene foam, it’s easy to cut holes for speakers or lights, and that gives endless possibilities.

And the best part? Even with additional electrical or mechanical enhancements, faux columns still look just as good as the real thing. Short of actually reaching out and touching them, it’s impossible to tell they’re not real stone or brick; and at the end of the day that means they’re practically better than the real thing.