5 Unusual Uses for Picture Rails to Kick-Start Your Creative Genius

DIYers all over Pinterest and elsewhere online have been coming up with fun ways to use picture rails for years. But when are commercial and high-end residential designers going to catch up?

Dahlstrom Door Casing: Avoid Ugly Frames (+ 3 Other Benefits)

The status quo isn’t going to advance your designs. Sometimes you need to reassess what’s always been considered "acceptable" and see it for what it is -- kinda ugly. A door casing is a prime example of an opportunity to take the “ugly” and turn it in to something beautiful.

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The Secret Trick to Great Steel Windows: Hollow, Roll Formed Parts

 

Steel windows are great. Steel windows on your terms are even better.

These sleek, modern products are now popular in not only commercial architecture, but in residential applications as well. It’s not hard to see why -- steel windows are the best at matching durability with elegance.

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A Vendor Can Take Your Architectural Metal Mouldings to Another Level

Most people aren’t lucky enough to run a business in or live in an older building classically adorned with metal mouldings. As such, many folks feel like their home -- or commercial building -- is lacking distinctive architecture. Fortunately, designers can lean on a good architectural metal[...]

5 Steel Window Designs That'll Make You Rethink Your Next Project

Steel windows boast a sleek, modern look. They've been used by architects for generations in numerous residential and commercial settings. But despite their beauty and longevity, we count only three (three!) active steel window manufacturers in the United States. Notably, one of those[...]

8 Ways to Use Architectural Metals for a Strong Visual Impact

Will people remember your building after interacting with it? Or will they leave and immediately forget it?

Types of Architectural Metal Mouldings - Basic Guide

The terminology of architectural mouldings (also spelled moldings) can be vague and confusing. Here’s a quick overview of common types and distinctions.

3 Reasons to Use Wire Mesh and Perforated Metals in Architecture

Architectural design aims to balance economy, elegance, and efficiency. Perforated metal paneling and wire mesh certainly apply to all three.

Galvannealed vs Galvanized Steel for Architectural Design

Galvannealed and galvanized steels start out similarly. They are both dipped into a hot zinc bath (approximately 850° F), so the zinc bonds to the metal's surface. This coating increases the steel's durability and protects against corrosion.

It's the introduction of a secondary process that[...]

How HOK Uses Architectural Metal to Support & Enhance Designs

If you’re interested in creative uses of architectural metal, look no further than HOK. They have many examples, but these are some of the most inspiring.

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