Columns have long been used not only structurally, but also decoratively, and are associated with grand buildings. The Parthenon is one of the most famous examples of a colonnade of columns that create a grandiose affect to the onlooker’s eye. When columns were made from stone and then concrete they were only constructed in stately buildings, due to the cost and effort.
The humble residential home was not often decorated with grand columns at the entrance.
There has been a revolution in the construction industry in more recent times with the introduction of decorative mouldings made from a lightweight material. These lightweight mouldings are easily transported to the building site and simply attached to the building. A far cry from the original mouldings that were mixed onsite and created by craftsmen in decorative designs. Those designs are still available but are pre-moulded and delivered. The most commonly used designs these days are simpler, but if a more complex design is desired, these can be specifically custom designed by the Finishing Touch, suppliers of lightweight decorative mouldings
The Finishing Touch are renowned suppliers of quality decorative mouldings for columns. During the construction stage a thin metal or wooden post is inserted into the building for the columns; the lightweight column mouldings are delivered in two halves and adhered around the post. Columns are available in round, fluted, square and tapered shapes. Caps, capitals and bases are also supplied by the Finishing Touch in a variety of patterns.
These days many modern homes boast a stunning entrance featuring columns, creating a stately presence on the streetscape.
It is due to the technology of the lightweight mouldings now broadly used by builders to enhance the façade of the residential homes they construct.