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Arches are used to open walls for windows, doorways, and porticos.  The keystone refers to the large wedge-shaped stone at the top of some arches that holds the other stones in place and the voussoirs are the wedge-shaped stones surrounding the arch.  There are many styles of arch including: Flat, Gothic, Moorish, Roman and Spanish (shown here.)


There is no single feature of the house which so impresses the passer-by or casual visitor as its entrance or front door.   The position of the entrance door in relation to the porch, or veranda, should be direct and logical. A circuitous route to reach it is always a mistake. Its character and purpose should be so pronounced that it might never be confused with doors of lesser importance opening on the same porch.

A gazebo is a pavilion structure, sometimes octagonal, in parks, gardens, and spacious public areas. Gazebos are freestanding or attached to a garden wall, roofed, and open on all sides; they provide shade, shelter, ornamental features in a landscape, and a place to rest. Some gazebos in public parks are large enough to serve as bandstands or rain shelters.

Almost any home can be enriched and enhanced with the installation of decorative moulding.  Newly constructed homes usually have a simple baseboard moulding along the floor and narrow casings around the windows and doors. You'll be amazed how a home can look more luxurious with the simple addition of wider casings, deeper baseboards, crown mouldings, and a chair rail.


A staircase serves not only a functional purpose, but provides a powerful design element to your foyer and interior design. Each staircase creates its own rhythm and pattern and graceful shape, whether it be curves, lines or circles.
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