Behind the Scenes: Shipping Balusters

Last month, we checked out the Ekena Millwork Arcadian balusters being individually assembled. This week we take a closer look at how our shipping team sends them out.

At first glance, one can tell that balusters are pretty large items and customers never buy just one. Typically, customers purchase several balusters along with other components to create a beautiful balustrade railing. With all of these fairly large items, it makes sense that our expert shipping team uses large, custom build crates to ship the products to the customer. The crates can transport up to 30 balusters for customers with bigger projects. The crate is made out of wood bound with steel strapping and, just for good measure, wrapped with several layers of polyolefin film.

Molded after original historical patterns and designs, the Ekena Millwork balusters are true to make a bold statement of elegance. Balusters are made from lightweight, yet very durable, urethane material that allows it to be resistant to the natural effects of weathering, rotting and insect exposure. The shipping team sends the balusters factory primed and ready to paint or apply a faux finish to each customer.

If you are interested in ordering your own balusters, check out the full collection via the link below!


Square Tapered Columns for Backyard Project

Square Tapered Columns for Backyard  Project

Looking through past project pictures, we stumbled upon this particular project. The customer used the Endura-Stone square columns in their backyard. As depicted by the project picture, these columns add timeless elegance to the already lovely backyard scene.

Beautiful and easy to assemble, these columns made this specific home improvement project a breeze! This column is crafted in fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP), a durable material for modern times, and one that has the elegance of stone. Our FRP columns are comparatively lightweight, easy to install and impact resistant. The columns are resistant to environmental damage that naturally occurs with exterior wood columns because of the fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) material.

We encourage you to check out our full selection of columns via the link below!


Endura-Stone Columns Used to Create a Raised Bed

Last month, we received some beautiful project pictures that featured several Endura-Stone columns. BrightView Landscape Services, the customer, utilized the columns to create a custom raised bed for a college campus. We love how it fits with the surrounding quad area and adds functionality to the vicinity.

Both beautiful and functional, the Endura-Stone columns are every homeowners dream column. When properly installed, each column is fully load bearing. Traditionally stunning with modern durability,  these columns are perfect for both interior and exterior applications as they are impervious to insects rotting and moisture damage.  Finally, the customer has the option of applying a coat of paint or a faux finish to the column to perfectly fit the project’s needs.

If you are interested in purchasing a column and would like to see the full selection, please click the link below!


Ekena Millwork Douglas Fir Merced Brace on Gazebo Project

Recently, we received quite the exceptional project picture from one of our customers, Willis Construction.  Dedicated to quality service, Willis Construction helps customer’s build their dream home, one-step at a time.

Their recent project was to build a beautiful wood gazebo. They chose to use several Ekena Millwork Douglas fir Merced braces for their project. “We installed these corbel braces on this gazebo using 3″ coated deck screws, then stained them with the entire structure,” stated our customer. We think it looks great!

First, the Ekena Millwork Merced brace is part of the Rustic Collection. The Rustic Collection is special because it guarantees that each wood product is individually carved and never kiln dried. Additionally, it is 100% unique and contains unique colors, grains, textures and natural knots with each wood product. These natural variations are what makes the Rustic Collection stand out from the rest. Lastly, these braces, and other products in the Rustic Collection, are made in the USA. By purchasing these products, you, the valued customer, are supporting our American workers. Thank you for that!

Finally, if you are interested in ordering your own Rustic wood brace, please feel free to check out the link below!

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Turncraft Endura-Stone Columns used for Pavillion

Columns make such a statement when added to the home. Historically, columns exemplify both power and stability amongst the community. When a customer orders columns, they are in it to make a bold statement.

Recently, Forever Redwood, a company dedicated to growing and protecting Redwood Forests, purchased several Turncraft Endura-Stone columns for one of their customers. Pairing the columns with beautiful redwood frames, they created a stunning pavilion for a customer’s backyard. Elegant and simple, the pavilion makes a perfect resting place for the people who exit the nearby pool and need a break.

Stately, elegant and bold, Endura-Series Composite Architectural Columns are historically inspired, entirely beautiful, and fully load bearing. Whether the project is for the interior of your home or the outside, like this particular project, the Endura-Stone columns are a perfect choice! They are impervious to insects, rotting and moisture! Our Endura-Series Composite Architectural Columns bring you traditional appeal and modern durability – an excellent alternative to traditional stone columns.

Feel free to check out the full selection of columns via the link below!

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Mid-America Cathedral Shutters on Brick Home

Dave from Andover Colorado sent in their finished project featuring several Mid-America Cathedral open louver shutters. He used the shutters to accompany the front of his home. Ordering in the bordereaux color, the shutters beautifully accented the red toned front door and the flowers in the planters.  Finally, Dave let us know that he thinks his newly installed shutters “look great” and is pleased with the final outcome.

Mid-America is one of the largest vinyl shutter manufacturer in the nation with high quality products.  Perfect for any type of project, these shutters are long lasting due to their vinyl material. Vinyl shutters will not crack or fade after years of being on installed on the exterior of the home.  Not only are they long lasting, but also they are affordable while also being an easy way to add value to one’s home. If a customer has a specific size in mind, there are custom sizes are available for customers to request! Finally, the Mid-America shutters create the perfect elegant look to one’s home without the hassle of other home improvement projects.

If you are looking for shutters for your home, please feel free to check out the full selection of shutters via the link below!

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Beautiful Columns in Backyard

Nothing is better than being able to relax in your own home. On a warm sunny day, it is even better to enjoy the beauty of your own backyard while relaxing on a lawn chair.

Will from Charlotte, North Carolina prides himself on having an exquisite home, which is exactly why he chose to purchase high quality columns. Luckily for him, we have a large selection of columns to choose from! Sometimes, our selection seems a bit much, so the customer calls one of our expertise column specialists and goes into the specifics with them. That is what Will did and he was satisfied with the knowledge that the columnist specialist gave him. After several going back and forth, Will decided on the Turncraft fluted tapered column for his beautiful home.

This Endura-Stone Column is a beautifully crafted addition to any home, one that easily enhances your home with architectural detail. This column features a round, fluted, tapered shaft, completed by a Tuscan style base and capital. It is versatile in form and quite an aesthetically effective enhancement for porches, patios, entranceways and more. The round, fluted column is crafted with precision in fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP), a truly durable material for modern times. Most importantly, the column comes in a variety of different sizes, so choosing the right column will be a breeze!

Feel free to look through our full selection of columns via the link below!

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Cupola & Weathervane Combo on a Barn Remodel

Cupolas have both functional and aesthetic values that provide ventilation. When a cupola is paired with a copper weathervane, it is a sight to see and admire.

A customer from Montana recently shared his finished barn project that features our cupola and weathervane.  He paired the CW Ohio octagon louver cupola with a copper roof and the Good Directions polished copper elk weathervane. Even from a distance, the copper roof of the cupola and the copper weathervane made the barn shine for all to see! It looks absolutely beautiful.

Made with grade cedar, the wood cupolas are handcrafted and are a lovely architectural accent.  Originally intended for ventilation purposes, the cupolas have progressed into being more than just a functional piece of architecture. In the project picture, the cupola serves a purpose of ventilating the barn, while also serving as a beautiful final piece on the barn. Additionally, cupolas are employed in revival architecture. One could install a lantern in the cupola to light up the interior of the barn. Or one can copy the renaissance era and paint stunning religious scenes on the interior of the cupola. Finally, whether one chooses to use the cupola to imitate revival architecture or not, adding a cupola is a easy way to add value to one’s property.

Our handcrafted weathervanes add a touch of elegance and are the ultimate symbol of American tradition and craftsmanship. Our Artisans use Old World techniques to forge copper, brass and other metals into functional works of art that will stand the test of time.

lastly, please feel free to check out the full collection of cupolas and weathervanes via the links below!

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Classic Square Tapered Columns

When a customer has a project and they live in the snow, the customer needs the highest quality material that will last. Thankfully, here at, we can provide durable, long-lasting products for any weather condition!

A couple months ago, one of our sales representatives received a call from Steven from Billings, Montana in regards to columns best suited for the snow. In Steven’s case, there were plenty of sturdy columns available to choose from that would work for the project. Since he was not intending to have the columns be load bearing, the sales representative suggested the best, affordable option that would be best for the project. He recommended the Turncraft classic square column wrap for the Montana man’s home improvement venture.

Fast forward to today, Steven has since completed installing the columns and sent in a stunning picture. The column wraps are holding up nicely in the snowy land of Montana.

The square column, a timeless style is now available in expanded cellular PVC for quick, easy assembly and virtually maintenance-free! Classic Craftsman Series Columns are not prone to the same environmental damage as real wood, such as splitting or cracking. Their E-Z Lock joints will not separate due to disproportionate changes in panel dimensions. When two coats of acrylic latex paint are applied, Classic Craftsman Series Columns will deliver years of service as promised by their Limited Lifetime Warranty against rot, corrosion, and moisture damage.

Please feel free to check out the full collection of Turcraft columns here!

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Noralco Wood Board-n-Batten Shutters

Liz from Allendale, New Jersey is the owner of Pheasant Lane Designs LLC, an interior design company. Recently, she and her husband decided that they were going to remodel their home. They chose to use the Noralco wood board-n-batten shutters on their latest venture.

Though Pheasant Lane Designs was established early last year, it has already done some big projects. For example, they have remodeled the whole front of the house where the shutters are installed. Quality products are their main objective when doing their home improvement projects, so that is what prompted them to use the Noralco wood shutters on the house. The pinewood is a lovely wood species and definitely is durable for exterior use. The green color adds a nice pop of color while contrasting the lovely white snow in the picture. All in all, then end result of the shutters on the home looks fantastic and we are happy to know that Liz and her husband are happy too!

Made of real wood, the Noralco shutters are hand crafted from the most popular wood species and can be clear coated, stained or painted! All shutters come primed and ready for paint if no color has been selected before checkout. Secondly, the shutters can be either mounted with fasteners or installed with functional hardware to have them open and close. Customers have said that the installation process for mounting the shutters is just as easy as the process for installing the functional hardware. In other words, the installation process is easy no matter what the customers’ intentions for the shutters are after purchase. Additionally, the shutters are fully customizable! Customers can select which wood species, shutter width and height, number of boards, color and whether or not to include a shutter cutout. Finally, this product was manufactured in the United States of America; by purchasing the shutters, each customer is supporting American workers!

Please feel free to check out the full collection of shutters via the link below!