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.

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 272015
 

Square columns made of polyurethane offer an impressive variety of design possibilities for your home.  Easy to install, they make it easy to bring added beauty to support columns and pillars for your home and property.

Polyurethane square columns add the impressive look of stone to a home's entrance.

Square columns make a colorful difference for a home’s entrance

Our Wellington and Carlton lines both have attractive wide styles that will add a new dimension of beauty to your designs.

Wellington Square Columns have wide dimensions for all kinds of projects. Carlton Square Columns can be slid over existing posts easily.

The Wellington wide columns measure 18 ½” on each side, and look great indoors and out.  The four sections interlock, and allow for easy assembly for your next DIY project.

Wellington square columns with the look of real dry stack stone.

Wellington square columns have the stunning look of real dry stack stone

The Carlton columns measure 20” on each side.  Shipped as one piece, they are easy to slide over existing wood pillars or posts.

Cobblestone style columns make great accent pieces.

Carlton columns in the cobblestone style make great accent pieces.

Carlton brick style column with base and column cap.

Carlton brick style columns can add visual appeal to driveway entrances

Both column styles are made of highly durable polyurethane foam that is extremely robust, yet lightweight and easy to install.  Crafted from molds made of genuine stone, the wide columns boast the exact texture and appearance as the real thing.

Carlton ledgestone columns installed on a poolside fence.

Carlton ledgestone columns add grandeur to a pool fence

Allowing for a cost-effective and practical remodeling project that resembles the work of a professional stonemason, the columns are an easy way to give your home an aesthetic upgrade you’ll love.  Able to withstand all kinds of wear and tear, they’ll look like new for years to come.

Wellington Dry Stack wraps upgrade the look of supporting porch columns.

Wellington Dry Stack wraps upgrade the look of supporting porch columns

Whether you use them to enhance your home’s front entrance, upgrade a driveway, add visual appeal to a porch or spruce up a property fence, wide columns will make a true difference for your home.

Dry stack columns with lamps attached adorn a patio entrance.

Wellington Dry Stack columns in Quarry Gray adorn a patio entrance

Where can you see columns enhancing your home or property?  We’d love to know!

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?

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.