Stair Parts Terminology

Pin Top Newel: A newel with a dowel on top which inserts into a fitting for an over the post stair system. Ball Top Newel: A newel, generally with turning which has a round top sitting on a block. Starting … Continued

Role of the Stair Builder

Role of the stair builder By Andrew Young “Nothing spoils a nice suit more than a lousy pair of shoes…” Was one of the sage bits of advice my great grandfather imparted to me.  Outside the odd wedding, funeral or … Continued

Stair Parts Lingo

  Newel: Commonly called a “post”. The Newel is a strong vertical post used at the start of a railing. They are also used to strengthen the rail system on balconies and landings. Baluster: Commonly called a “spindle”; these help … Continued

Know Your Mouldings

Terminology: Roman Ovolo:  A classic convex molding, often used in recessed panel applications as well as Ionic and classical architecture.  See McCoy 704 profile. Lintel:  Generally seen on top of doors and windows lintels are a cap or the top … Continued

Some Call it Wainscot – Some Call it Bead Board

Wainscot and Bead board Wainscot and bead board applications can really dress up a home. The terms wainscot and bead board are often used interchangeably. Wainscot can be either bead board or a build up using recessed panels. Generally speaking … Continued

Button Up Your Porch for Winter

As the seasons change and the rains and cold weather return to the NW, we reach for our umbrellas and coats and button up for the coming months. Now is also a good time to think about buttoning up those … Continued

Porch Products

We are now in the full swing of autumn. Leaves are turning colors and the rain is back. The beauty of the changing of seasons also reminds us of a fact of life; we live in a wet place. While … Continued

Column Terminology

Plinth: The square base that a column sits on. In wooden columns the plinth tends to be structural, where the columns sits directly on top of it. In synthetic columns the columns runs from top to bottom and the plinth … Continued

Know your mantels

There are three basic mantels; Shelf mantel: A shelf mantel is a free standing shelf mounted on a wall. A shelf mantel stands alone and does not have any legs. Full surround: A full surround mantel is what people typically … Continued