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.

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.

May 012015
 

While you’re planting your garden this spring, you may want to think about some decorative elements that could be added to enhance its look; elements that personalize your garden and reflect your individuality. Below are six great garden decor ideas to get you started:

Wind Chimes

Wind chimes come in all kinds of sizes, shapes and colors.  One popular type that’s easy to hang from a branch is a metal coil wind chime.  These kinds of chime designs are simple, yet unique.  Many have a colorful glass design inside the coil, with the actual chimes hanging from the bottom of the coil.  Also called wind spinner chimes, these designs are eye-catching, as they twirl in the wind while the chime sings.  Wind chimes look great among your flowers and trees, adding color and visual interest to your garden year round.

Wind chimes are a great way to add a personal touch to your garden design.

Wind chimes can add a personal touch to your garden design.

Garden Trellis

Transforming your garden into a charming sanctuary can be done easily with a trellis.  These decorative elements are typically a wooden frame of latticework that plants can grow through.  They can be splendid for your clematis or climbing roses.  They add not only visual appeal, but are also a wonderful accompaniment to outdoor living spaces.

Adding a trellis to your garden is a great way to bring charm to your yard.

Adding a trellis to your garden is a great way to bring charm to your yard.

Fountain

Introducing flowing water to a garden is always an excellent way to bring vivacity to the overall design, particularly with fountains. Water fountains can be large or small, and take on a variety of interesting designs.  They can be placed inside the garden or accent an entrance or perimeter.

Water fountains make your garden a peaceful place to be.

Water fountains can add peace and tranquility to a garden

Garden Statues

Garden sculptures and statues always give gardens unique charm.  They are a wonderful way to add more cheer to vegetable patches and flowerbeds, or lend playfulness to a corner of your yard.  Common statues are angels, leprechauns and gnomes.  Some garden statues even double as stools or birdfeeders.

A statue always adds a whimsical feel to your garden.

A statue always adds a whimsical feel to your garden.

Bird Feeder

Bird feeders not only add beauty on their own, but they also attract birds of many kinds – bringing life to your garden with visits from humming birds and cardinals to warblers, sparrows or orioles. Types of feeders range from tables, trays and hanging tree feeders.  Successful bird attraction usually depends upon where the feeders are placed, as well as the kinds of foods you offer, because every species has a different preference.

Bird feeders are always a nice touch for your garden decor.

Bird feeders are always a nice touch for your garden decor.

Faux Stone Columns

Faux columns are a wonderful way to add elegance to your garden, with style variations including brick, cobblestone, river rock, castle rock, stacked stone and more.  Their wide range of attractive color choices also enable you to match the natural colors of the plants and stones in your garden.  The result is a lovely addition to your yard that showcases your garden and adds a wonderful look.  Some column styles can even be stacked to your desired height, so you can create the garden design of your dreams.

Garden decor ideas such as using a faux stone column enhance visual appeal.

Garden decor ideas such as using a faux stone column enhance visual appeal.

Artificial stone columns are a lovely addition to gardens.

The Windsor Random Rock column makes a lovely addition to this garden

Fake stone columns add style to any garden design.

Windsor Slatestone column with cap

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Apr 032015
 

Many customers are extremely satisfied with how easy it is to install our columns.  Using just some simple tools, they are able to get them up in no time at all.  Below, we’ll show you how to install a faux stacked stone column wrap over an existing support post.

Installing a faux stacked stone column wrap is easy.

Installing a faux stacked stone column wrap over an existing support post is easy.

Before we begin, here is the list of simple tools you’ll need:

  1. Exterior Grade Screws — use screws that are long enough to go through the column. We

recommend a narrow head screw (such as a #1 Roberson head trim head screw) to make touchup

easier and less noticeable.

  1. Construction Adhesive/Glue — we recommend either PL® Premium Construction Adhesive, PL®

Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive (which has 4X faster bonding), or Great Stuff Pro.

  1. A saw for cutting columns – a circular saw, jig saw, band saw, table saw, or hand saw, it is your

preference.  Any woodcutting blade used with these saws work great and cut smooth and easy.

  1. Tape Measure
  2. Level
  3. Caulking gun for applying the Adhesive/Glue and Caulk.
  4. FauxColumns color coordinated textured caulk.
  5. 2″ x 4″ lumber as needed
  6. Exterior grade plywood as needed

Installation Instructions:

Make sure the column wrap is clean before you being installation.

  1. Be sure that the columns, the column cap and posts are clean and dry before you begin. Approximately 24 hours before the installation, expose the post, the column wrap, the lumber and the plywood to the same general humidity and temperature. Make sure not to expose any of these materials to direct sunlight, or in close proximity to heat.

Construct a sub frame for your faux stacked stone column wrap next.

  1. To get a secure and sturdy base for the column wraps, you’ll want to construct a sub frame. Make sure that this sub frame, along with the plywood, fits within the wrap’s dimensions.  To maintain a steady, upright connection to the existing wood post, this frame needs to be securely centered on the support post.

Apply the exterior grade plywood to the wood sub frame.

  1. Next, apply the plywood to the wood sub frame. This will serve as the surface that you’ll attach the column wraps to.  For proper sizing, make sure to dry fit the wraps to the structure.

Hint: leave a little extra room for the thickness that will be added by the glue that’s between the plywood and the column wraps.

Apply a bead of glue to the perimeter of one of the column wrap pieces.

  1. On the back of one of the wrap panels, apply small beads of adhesive along the perimeter, about one inch from the edge. Then, in a zigzagging pattern, apply a little more adhesive to the back of the panel.  Make sure the beads of adhesive are no more than 4 inches apart.  Add a little bit of glue inside the fingers of the panel, which interlock.  Then apply a little bit of the textured caulk along the edges of the interlocking fingers, where they’ll join with the next section of the column wrap.

Apply the wrap panel to the plywood.

  1. Apply the column wrap to your exterior grade plywood. Gently press and twist the wrap panel onto the plywood, to ensure secure contact with the adhesive.  The PL® Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive will help to keep the wrap panels in place on the plywood, giving you some time to get the other ones up.

Fit the interlocking fingers together.

  1. Repeat step 4 and 5 for every other section of the wrap. Be sure that the fingers securely interlock.

Make sure the wrap is level and the fingers fit together nicely.

  1. Make sure the interlocking fingers of the panels all fit together securely, and that the column wraps are level. Begin to fasten the wraps to the plywood all along the perimeter with screws, spacing them at approximately a foot apart.  In the middle sections of each panel, place additional screws about 1 per square foot apart.  It’s best if every screw is slightly recessed below the surface of the panels.  Make sure not to tighten the screws more than needed.Hint: Concealing screws in crevices, beneath protruding rocks, or grout lines will help to give the column panels a cleaner, more realistic look.

Wipe off excess caulk with a damp rag before it dries.

  1. Before the caulk dries, use a damp rag to wipe off any excess caulk that might have been pushed out between the two wrap panels. You can also use the textured caulk to hide the screw heads.

Stacked stone column wraps installed on a front porch.

  1. If you are installing multiple rows of columns, you can now start the next row up. Repeat steps 4-8 for the next row of column wraps to be installed.

The cut out in each of the two cap halves allow them to sit around an existing support post.

  1. A “Two-Piece” Column Cap is featured with Norwich columns. This cap comes as two diagonal halves, which are split through the center, so as to help hide the seam.  The cut out parts in the halves of each cap allow them to be placed around existing support posts.  PLEASE NOTE: depending on the post size, additional cutting or shimming and caulking may be required.  The opening in the cap center is 6″ X 6″.  Proceed to Step 12.

If using a solid cap, no opening/no post, just proceed to Step 12.

  1. If you’re using a solid cap with no opening or post, continue to Step 12.

Apply glue to the tops of the column wrap sections and to the wood sub-structure to secure the column cap in place.

  1. To secure the column cap in place, apply adhesive to the top sections of the column wraps and to the wood sub frame. Set the cap in place, pressing down firmly. If using the two piece cap, glue the two halves together around the existing post. Then follow up with screws to hold the cap piece to the panels and sub-structure (toe-nailing through the bottom on a diagonal).

  1. Lastly, using the paint from the Touch-up Kit, paint the wraps, screw heads, and textured caulk as needed. Click here for more details on Touching Up Panels. Stand back and admire your handiwork. (In this project shown, additional wood was added to the structural support post to create a dramatic tapered look.)

When installing your columns, be sure to follow and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.  Always follow any, and all, local, state, and federal building codes.

Always comply with any specified clearances set forth by the manufactures of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat sources, as well.

Feb 132015
 

Wellington faux column wraps are a fantastic element for practically any design, indoors and out.  In addition to being practical and budget-friendly alternatives to real stone columns, they realistically convey the same striking look.  Another great feature of these columns is the range of beautiful colors available. From a choice of ten elegant colors, you’ll easily find a style that suits the décor of your home or business.  Whether you use them to upgrade your driveway entrance, add visual appeal to your porch, or enhance a doorway in your home, Wellington wraps will give you an impressive result.  Browse the photo examples below and see for yourself.

Canyon’s tones of cream and brown look great in kitchens and on patios.

Faux column wraps in Canyon color, great for kitchens.

Faux column wraps in Canyon color are great for kitchens.

Earth works perfectly for exterior designs, like outdoor kitchens.

The Earth color faux column wraps are ideal for outdoor kitchens.

The Earth color style is ideal for outdoor kitchens.

Espresso will give your porch design a fabulous wakeup call.

Faux column wraps in Espresso color make porches classy and inviting.

Faux column wraps in Espresso color make porches classy and inviting.

Light Gray can add a cool, uniform look as a yard accent or anywhere indoors.

Faux column wraps in Light Gray color are excellent as yard accents.

Faux column wraps in Light Gray color are excellent as yard accents.

The mosaic of Quarry Gray adds natural appeal to patios or entrance columns.

The Quarry Gray color style looks great on patios.

The Quarry Gray color style looks great on patios.

Saddle Beige inherently suits designs in the Southwest style,
and looks wonderful in outdoor pergolas as well.

Faux column wraps in Saddle Beige are nice as entrance columns.

Faux column wraps in Saddle Beige are nice as entrance columns.

Sand’s understated stones are ideal to offset a business sign.

Faux columns wraps in the Sand color make gorgeous sign posts.

Faux columns wraps in the Sand color make gorgeous sign posts.

Sierra Moss can beautifully accent a garden; the surrounding greenery highlighting its elegance.

Sierra Moss is an elegant color that goes well as a garden accent.

Sierra Moss is an elegant color that goes well as a garden accent.

Tierra Gold is a wonderful color for a home’s interior,
and looks great when flanking doorways, like in the photo below.

Tierra Gold faux column wraps make great interior columns.

Tierra Gold faux column wraps highlight this archway

Washed Bisque is one of our newest colors and would look lovely in
living areas like kitchen nooks and foyers.

The Washed Bisque faux column wraps make a sophisticated addition to kitchen nooks and foyers.

Washed Bisque will make a sophisticated addition to kitchen nooks and foyers.

Made from highly durable polyurethane; these wraps are maintenance free and weatherproof.  They also won’t crack, chip or rot.  They’ll last throughout the years, and still maintain their gorgeous colors.

Because of their light weight, Wellington columns are extremely easy to install, and are perfect for a weekend DIY project.

Any color you choose will bring new life to your property or interior. Which one do you like best?

Dec 122014
 

Existing posts or pillars on our homes can often look bare and uninspiring, and in need of an aesthetic upgrade.  That’s why adding the look of stacked stone or rock to columns can mean a big boost to the visual appeal of your home or business.  With our faux stone column wraps, achieving this look is incredibly easy.  Whether you’re a professional builder or a DIYer looking to perk up your home’s décor, column wraps are a fantastic way to create an impressive look.

Faux stone column wraps create eye-catching entranceways.

Wellington Drystack Espresso Column Wraps create eye-catching entranceways.

The wraps are easy to install, with interlocking sections that can be installed around existing posts and columns seamlessly, and sealed with glue and screws.  Adding an accent with column caps and ledgers is also a way to spruce up the look of columns, as well.  The two-piece column caps can be installed easily over the top of the column wraps, and ledgers can be cut and mitered to fit around the top edges of the wraps, for a sophisticated look.

Faux stone column wraps can be easily combined with decorative column caps.

Our Wellington Drystack column wraps can be easily combined with decorative column caps.

Lightweight and easy to install, the wraps are indistinguishable from the look and texture of real stone.  They are also highly durable, and will never fade, rot, crack or chip like actual stone can.  Weatherproof and UV resistant, they stand up to weather extremes, and make great exterior designs.

Faux stone column wraps give exterior designs a look of class.

Artificial stone column wraps give exterior designs a look of class.

As you can see in the customer images here, column wraps go a long way in enhancing the look of your porch posts.  They also give your property added appeal.  The customer in the testimonial below used our Wellington Drystack Column Wraps to create a much improved look to his lake house’s exterior.

Decorative floral ribbons are no match for stone veneer columns wraps.

Decorative floral ribbons are no match for stone veneer column wraps.

Faux stone column wraps work beautifully in upgrading existing pillars.

Faux drystack column wraps work beautifully in upgrading existing pillars.

We endeavored to modify our basic lake house into a craftsman style cottage appearance and the Wellington Dry Stack column wraps helped us move in that direction. My neighbor and my sister were so impressed with the appearance they are in the process of placing orders for some of the Faux Panels for use on their homes.  TennGriff, Middle, TN

With a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from, you’ll easily find the right one for your column design needs.  Take a look at the additional photos below to get an idea of the significant improvement fake stone column wraps make for existing posts and pillars.

Transform your porch design with fake stone column wraps.

Transform your porch design with fake stone column wraps.

Faux stone column wraps add a rustic touch to your porch designs.

Our Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone column wraps add a rustic touch to your porch design.

Faux stone column wraps elevate the visual appeal of wood pillars.

Elevate the visual appeal of existing wood pillars with fake stacked stone column wraps.

Faux stone column wraps are an easy way to enhance the look of wood pillars.

Our Oxford Stacked Stone column wraps are an easy way to enhance the look of wood pillars.

Faux stone column wraps provide a touch of mountain home charm.

The Regency Stacked Stone column wraps provide a touch of mountain home charm.

Faux stone column wraps add visual interest to entranceways.

Faux stone column wraps add visual interest to entranceways.

May 092014
 

Welcome to Creative Columns! Our plan for this blog is to provide helpful information, tips and inspirations for new design or remodeling projects using faux stone and brick columns.

The columns and posts available at FauxColumns.com are not structural, but offer rather an affordable and DIY-friendly way to add the impressive elegance of real stone and brick columns to your home or business.

Ready to start your project? To get you better acquainted with faux columns, we present a quick rundown of all the available options.

Faux ledgestone driveway columns

Ashford Ledgestone columns flank a wrought-iron driveway gate

Driveway Columns

The name driveway columns, while accurate, only tells part of the story.  These columns’ stately stone appearance also lends great appeal to fences, gates, porches or as stand-alone landscape accents.

The columns ship in one molded piece and install over a structural wooden post. Windsor Drystack and Random Rock columns also include a free solar panel kit for night illumination.

drystack-column-wraps

Wellington Dry Stack wraps offer a warm greeting to this home’s patio.

Column Wraps

Column wraps also offer the look of real stone or rock, but are shipped in four flat pieces —  lightweight for quick assembly and interlocking to ensure a seamless final result.  Wraps are particularly useful when you have existing support columns or posts that are in dire need of a facelift.

Carlton Cobblestone covers in Summer Tan accent this water view deck.

Carlton Cobblestone covers in Summer Tan accent this water view deck.

Column Covers

Column covers or sleeves are shipped in one molded piece, designed to easily slip over existing 6″x6″ or 4″x4″ support posts. With a stackable design that allows you to reach any desired height, these covers can be custom fit to front porches, lamp posts, deck posts — even business signs.

Windsor Dry Stack mailbox column in Tri-Gray

Windsor Dry Stack mailbox column in Tri-Gray

Mailbox Posts and Columns

There’s no reason function can’t rhyme with style. These posts convey the same sophistication as the decorative columns, but with the added bonus of housing your mailbox.

Ashford posts can be partially buried for shorter applications, and Windsor columns include a free solar lighting kit. Even better, both include the mailbox!

Now that you’re up to speed on all the lingo, take a few minutes to browse through our photo galleries to see what else is possible with faux columns.