The columns themselves are hollow, but are made of marble dust and polymers that ensure they are strong and capable of bearing the load.Bob Vila heads to the Low Country: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.Steeped in tradition, this historic suburb of Charleston is the scene, not only of a remarkable new home, but of a remarkable transformation in suburban living at the developing community of I'On.Since I did my major house renovation on my 1979 fixer-upper and now just this year have begun to work on the exterior of my house, I thought it would be fun to share ideas on how to update the exterior of your home, not only creating curb appeal but also adding value to your home.Installers tie steel straps down to the band joists in order to secure the load-bearing columns newly installed on the porch.These steel straps are threaded through the columns to prevent uplift during a hurricane.I’ve often read and heard that outdoor projects can drastically increase a home’s value and I’m sold on that idea.There are many things that you can do to the exterior of your home to give it a welcoming feel and presence on the street.
Outside, Bob and Jeff Davis (from Chadsworth Columns) oversee the installation of new columns along the porch.Back inside, the finishing touches are being put on the Rumford firebox.When folks drive by your home or come to your front door, you want them to have a nice first impression.We’ve all seen unkempt houses that have no curb appeal and there’s a drastic difference in one that is well cared for and one that has been neglected. But, as I said, I had a vision for what this house could be not to mention, it was what I could afford to buy. So, today I’m talking about ways to improve that curb appeal, which is sure to help increase a home’s value too.General contractors Kevin and Betsy Kalman update Bob on the progress made so far.
Masons are hard at work constructing the fireplace, a special Superior Clay Rumford Firebox.