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 FauxWoodBeams.com or FauxPanels.com, 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 FauxColumns.com 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.

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.

Apr 162015
 

Easy to install, Windsor polyurethane foam columns can be used in a wide variety of ways to upgrade your property.  The Windsor line features one-piece post covers, column wraps and mailboxes.  Each will suit any exterior design beautifully.  The three styles of drystack, random rock and slatestone each come in attractive, earthy color choices that transform the visual appeal of any property.

Polyurethane foam columns make great mailboxes.

Easy to install, polyurethane foam columns make great mailboxes.

The mailbox also makes for an impressive accent to your home’s property.  In addition to its practicality and eye-catching look of genuine stone, it’s very durable. The wraps also make a very stylish design statement thanks to their realistic imitation of real stone. You can use them to decorate posts on your porch, patio, entrance way, deck and more.

Use polyurethane foam columns to enhance your home's interior.

Use polyurethane columns to enhance your home’s interior.

The ultra-realistic appearance of our columns is achieved by molding the material from real stone and rock. As genuine as they look, they’re extremely lightweight and can be assembled by any DIYer.  They are so easy to install, they can be up in an afternoon. Made of high-density polyurethane, they are carefully built to withstand weather extremes such as snow, rain, moisture, heat and more.  They also will never fade or deteriorate over time.  Years will go by and they will look as good as new.

Polyurethane foam columns withstand even the harshest weather.

The columns are made to withstand even the harshest weather.

The video below shows step-by-step instructions on how to install the Windsor Mailbox Column.  You’ll see how simple the installation process is.  The DIYer in the video assembled his mailbox in just one hour and 20 minutes.

If you’d like to see more impressive images of our columns, be sure to check out our Windsor photo gallery.

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?

Jan 302015
 

A driveway could be thought of as your home’s calling card. Typically it’s the first thing visitors and passerby see on your property, so its design should reflect how you want your home to be perceived – whether you’re going for a cozy cottage look or something luxurious and grand.

There are many types of driveways that can enhance your home’s curb appeal beyond the standard blacktop – stamped concrete, brick, cobblestone, pea stone gravel and more.

Below are images of a few kinds of driveways that you’ve likely seen before that may work nicely for your own property.

The driveway below is made with decorative bricks, and goes nicely with the brick siding on the home.  The lighter color of the driveway contrasts well with the house.

Decorative brick is a great way to add elegance to your driveway.

Decorative brick is a great way to add elegance to your driveway.

The next driveway is made with cobblestones, and flanked by stone walls.  It has a cozy English countryside feel that draws a visitor in.

Cobblestone types of driveways have a welcoming feel.

Cobblestone driveways have a cozy, welcoming feel.

Below is a long gravel driveway of a country estate.  The trees line the length of it beautifully, and make for a stunning view.

Pea gravel is a timeless design material for all types of driveways.

Pea gravel is a timeless design material for all types of driveways.

The next driveway is made with stamped concrete, and has a classy, organic feel that blends in with the surrounding gardens.

Stamped concrete is a sophisticated design material for driveways.

Stamped concrete is a sophisticated design material for driveways.

Lastly, below is a driveway with a luxurious gate flanked by faux stone columns.  Both the columns and the gate serve to differentiate both the driveway and the entire property.  The best part is that the columns are lightweight, and easy to install.  Attaching a gate to the sides of the columns is also a simple procedure.  Without the owners of the house having to replace the driveway material with a more sophisticated material, such as cobblestone or decorative brick, the columns and gate add a new elegance to the whole property.

Faux stone gate columns are a great way to upgrade your home's curb appeal.

Faux stone gate columns are a great way to upgrade your home’s curb appeal.

What are some ways that you’ve given a unique look to your driveway?

Photo 1 by Matt Hampel
Photo 2 by Qabluna
Photo 3: Photo Credit: Marty.FM via Compfight cc

Photo 4 by Tim Seay

Nov 142014
 

The new Slate Stone columns by Windsor are an exciting addition to our selection of decorative columns.  With the stylish look of real slate, they give your designs an added flair that is sure to catch the eye of passersby.

For enhanced curb appeal, they are ideal design elements to flank your driveway’s entrance with.  Also use them to decorate your porch design, upgrade your patio, accent your garden, improve your interior spaces, and more.

Made of highly durable polyurethane, they stand up over time to severe weather, and will always look as good as new.  Crafted from molds made of authentic slate, they look and feel just like the real thing.  Outdoors, they resist moisture and harsh temperatures.  Indoors, they withstand wear and tear and high traffic.  With a robust, maintenance-free construction, they’ll never chip, crack, split, or fade.

Their one-piece, lightweight construction also makes them extremely easy to install.  To ensure you get them up quickly, we include an easy installation guide with your order.  In no time, you’ll have an attractive new element elevating the beauty of your design.

Offered in five beautiful colors, you’ll easily find a style that matches your design preferences.

The Brunswick Brown Column is an elegant tone that looks great as a porch column, and will easily improve your property’s visual appeal.

Slate stone columns in Brunswick Brown make attractive porch accents.

Slate stone columns in Brunswick Brown make attractive porch accents.

The Canyon color gives you a flavor of the Southwest, and looks great as a design element on your patio.

Slate stone columns in Canyon finish make relaxing patio accents.

Slate stone columns in Canyon finish add comfort to your patio.

The Midnight Ash color is a sophisticated tone that looks fantastic as a fence column in your yard.

Slate stone columns in Midnight Ash work beautifully as fence columns.

Slate stone columns in Midnight Ash work beautifully as fence columns.

The Slatestone column in the Mojave color is a nice way to touch up the décor of your interior designs, and looks great as a decorative element in entranceways in your home.

Slate stone columns in the Mojave color add a desert feel to your interior decor.

Slate stone columns in the Mojave color create a cozy interior decor.

The Slatestone column in the Pewter color is a great way to touch up your driveway entrance, and will be sure to add considerable appeal and beauty to your property’s exterior.

Slate stone columns in the Pewter color look great at your driveway entrance.

Slate stone columns in the Pewter color look great at your driveway entrance.

Cost-effective and indistinguishable from real stone, the Windsor Slatestone columns offer a fabulous way to help you create truly outstanding designs for your home and your business, indoors and out.

Oct 312014
 

Our customers have been delighted with how great faux stone decorative pillars  look when placed next to each other.  There are many areas multiple columns can be installed in if you’d like to create a charming look.  In this post, we want to show you how columns make attractive design elements when placed next to each other in entranceways, porches, driveways, and also indoors.

1. Entranceways

Upgrading the ambiance and visual appeal of entranceways is always a nice way to welcome visitors.  This is easily done when fake stone columns are installed in an attractive row, as you can see below.  The faux drystack columns add a classy touch to the entranceway.

Decorative pillars paired on entryways are a great way to create a welcoming feel.

Faux stone columns paired on entranceways create an inviting ambiance for visitors.

2. Porches

Stone veneer columns make great visual focal points to break up outdoor spaces.  As you can see in the photos below, a colonnade of faux columns aligned on a porch looks gorgeous.

Decorative pillars lined in a colonnade on a porch create an inviting ambiance.

The Wellington Drystack Espresso columns line this porch beautifully, nicely breaking up the space between the house and yard.

3. Driveways

Driveways are typically the first part of the exterior of a home or business exterior that visitors will see when entering the property.  What better way to give them a warm welcome than with two beautiful faux stone columns flanking the driveway entrance?

Stone veneer columns  flanking driveway entrances adds to curb appeal.

Stone veneer columns flanking driveway entrances create an attractive design that adds to curb appeal.

4. Interior Spaces

Artificial stone columns are a great design element for creating a sophisticated décor in your home.  They look beautiful in entryways and foyers.  They can also be used to flank a fireplace, bookshelves, an entertainment center, sculptures and more.  Customizing your home’s interior with faux stone columns is also a fun DIY project.

Faux Stacked Stone columns accentuate interiors beautifully.

The Norwich artificial Stacked Stone columns accentuate interiors beautifully.

Upgrade and accentuate the beauty of your home or business with stone veneer columns in pairs or rows.  It’s an easy and affordable way to transform your décor, and make your property all the more inviting.

Sep 192014
 

If you’ve been standing outside in the front of your house or business recently, thinking about the fall season, and ways you can perk up the appearance of your property, you might want to think of how your driveway looks.

DIY driveway makeovers are made easy  with fake stone entrance columns.

Faux stone entrance columns are beautiful design elements for a DIY driveway makeover.

Driveways can frequently be an overlooked part of a property, be it a home or a business.  When you come home after a long day, it’s always nice to finally pull in.  What if there was a DIY driveway accent you could manually install that would make it feel even better to arrive home?  Well, there is!

DIY driveway columns are an easy way to enhance your curb appeal.

Simulated stone entrance columns are an easy way to upgrade your property’s curb appeal.

Our fake stone entrance columns are an excellent way to not only enhance the beauty of your driveway, but also to upgrade the visual appeal of your whole property.  Think of how nice your entrance will look as the leaves change color, and beautiful faux stone or brick columns are accentuating the end of the driveway.  Whether they stand alone as accents, or are attached to a gate, passersby will slow down to admire the impressive upgrade you’ve given to your home or business’s entry.  Guests will feel more welcome, neighbors will be pleased, and you’ll feel more at home.

DIY driveway columns can be used as gate posts.

Easily install faux stone entrance columns as driveway gate posts.

Installing stone and brick veneer driveway columns is a remarkably simple process that can be accomplished in a matter of hours, all on your own.  The Carlton and Windsor columns are all made of lightweight, weatherproof polyurethane that’s extremely durable.  And the Ashford columns are made from a similarly robust Medium Density Polyethylene.  Carefully molded from real stone and brick derived from their natural places of origin, such as the Midwest and Southwest regions of North America, these columns all have a gorgeous look and texture that’s indistinguishable from real stone.

Fake brick columns make an eye-catching DIY driveway makeover.

Faux brick columns are a practical element for your DIY driveway makeover.

Thanks to their maintenance-free quality and highly realistic look, the beauty of your driveway columns and the property they’ll be enhancing won’t fade one bit as the years go by.  Unlike real stone and brick, they’ll never chip, crack, or decay.

Stone veneer columns never fail to accentuate your curb appeal.

Easily accentuate your driveway with stone veneer entrance columns.

Available in a variety of attractive color styles, it will be easy for you to find the columns that fit your preference, and your property.

Take a look at the images in this post to get an idea of the difference columns make when accenting a driveway.  You’ll want that difference for yours!

Simulated stone driveway columns create a stately property entrance.

Create a stately entranceway with our artificial stone entrance columns.

May 302014
 

fence-postMost home fences have a function, whether they demarcate property lines, provide privacy or keep children, pets or animals safe from harm.

But there’s no reason why style has to be sacrificed for function. Faux stone fence columns and posts can add the charming look of real professionally-laid masonry to your fence without wiping out your bank account or valuable time.

The columns shown below are made from medium density polyethylene (MDPE) which is both lightweight and highly resistant to extreme temperatures, sun exposure, moisture and other harsh elements. Molded in one piece, they can easily be installed in one day following our simple step-by-step instructions and a few basic tools. Some of the columns are stackable to reach taller heights, while others can be buried for shorter applications.

Ashford Ledgestone columns in Brown with optional column caps provide a bold touch to this large privacy fence:

ashford-ledgestone-fence-column ashford-ledgestone-privacy-fence

Ashford River Rock posts give a little added charm to this home’s picket fence and driveway gate:

Faux river rock fence posts

Our stone fence columns are beautiful! The shapes and colorations of the stones look and feel like the real thing. No one knows they didn’t cost tens of thousands of dollars to build and install and we have privacy and elegance. Thank you!Eric Greenwich, CT

 

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Ashford River Rock posts in Calico beautifully accent this property’s split rail fence:

 

 

 

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Carlton Ledgestone pillars placed in intervals around a wrought iron pool fence blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

To see more examples of faux columns used on fences and many other applications, visit our Pinterest boards.