Building Columns Using Historical Methods

If you’re looking for columns today, it’s hard to ignore them. They’re in banks, neighborhoods, and residential and commercial properties alike. But if you look closely, it might seem like pieces are missing or the proportions are wrong. What’s going on?

In this video, you’ll learn how to use columns properly and what is wrong with so many columns in today’s architecture.

Get the Parts & Proportions Right

The ancient Greeks and Romans built columns right, and we can too. A close study of historic pattern books and trade catalogs reveal valuable information we can use to help us. Follow these age-old rules to ensure your columns don’t fall victim to poor design.

  • Parts: In its basic form, the parts are a column and entablature, or post and beam.
  • Proportions: If you leave out the essential parts, the proportions are thrown off.

Rules to Remember

  • The entablature (or beam) is usually 1/4 – 1/5 the height of the column, thus an 8′ column should have an entablature that is 18″ – 24″ tall.
  • The column has a height to width ratio. For every inch of width, the height should increase by 1′, thus an 8′ column should be 8″ in diameter at the base.

These are just a few of the rules that will help you design and build historically accurate columns that look and feel right according to the Classical system of architecture. Be sure to subscribe to this blog (top right corner of the page) to make sure you don’t miss further rules like these to help you design, build and craft a timeless house in an instant age.

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