Why Millwork is So Popular

Millwork has a long history among those in the architectural design industry. From its earliest days, these practical and beautifully aesthetic pieces were used in the building of homes and commercial buildings of all kinds. It has long been a sign of quality construction when it comes to the finishing of any particular project.

Millwork in Architecture

For hundreds of years, wood was hand carved to create unique pieces of furniture and the completely custom design of homes. With the creation of the saw mill, it became much easier for the average person to acquire quality wood pieces without needing to master the skill themselves. Today, many houses are built using a set of standardized plans where the finishing can be changed to suit the tastes of the builder or buyer.

Types of Millwork

The effects of the sawmill can be seen in nearly every room of our homes today. From the cabinetry in our kitchens and bathrooms to the baseboards in the living room. Ultimately, any wood product that can be commercially purchased and installed in your home with minimal alteration probably came from a mill. While there are dozens of styles of crown moulding available, they are all examples of  that can be cut to size and installed with ease.

In addition, you will find that the price greatly varies. Some woods are naturally more expensive than others, and have different qualities such as hardness and color. Nearly any type of wood can be used in a mill, not to mention some faux wood composites that have the look and feel of wood without the expense. You should consider all of these factors as you shop for accents.

Choosing Your Millwork

If you are in the market for millwork for your home, it is best to find a reliable company to buy from first. You need a company that uses quality materials that have options to choose from. You should also consider the pricing and the manufacturer’s catalog, as different manufacturers excel in a particular style or wood type.

Volterra Architectural Products offers affordable options in any style. Visit our online store today to see samples of all our products or call us at 602-258-7373.

Exposed Trusses Are In

What is it about exposed trusses that makes them such an interesting addition to any home or business? The recent turn to industrial style decor has made exposed trusses popular in restaurants and other locations, but they are also beginning to make their way into interior home design more often. We are now seeing that trusses can be painted, decorated, and made to match nearly any decor theme you can think of.


Trusses in homes are seen as a rustic accent. The natural wood grain stands out and ties in with beautiful hardwoods throughout the house. This theme sees a resurgence every few years as we search for some classic styling in a modern world.

Modern Elegance

A new trend aims to make the trusses themselves a bold accent in any room. More and more people are painting their trusses bright white, especially in rooms with large open windows. Accents, such as additional braces or carved filigree, are added to the trusses to give them an upscale appearance.


Some people really love the open industrial look that exposed trusses can offer.  The dark beams surrounded by cables and conduits is a look that is both rugged and super-functional. It does away with all of the frills and overtures of the classic look and lets us appreciate the mechanics of the building itself.

Adding Exposed Trusses

Decorative trusses can be added to rooms in a number of ways, even if the room does not have large vaulted ceilings. Partial trusses can be used to accent walls and make the ceiling look more striking. If you already have trusses it is easy to change the look and feel of the room by adding color or updating the hardware accents.

Volterra Architectural Products has many faux wood decorative truss options to fit any style home made with our very best materials. To learn more about trusses, visit our online gallery and see some of our past projects! Or give us a call at 602-258-7373.

Why Millennials Love Rustic Shutters

Characterized by reclaimed wood and galvanized metal accents, the rustic look has become a hot trend not only in the exterior design but also when it comes to interior design.

Shutters are an important feature for the exterior of any home. They can be functional or decorative and help make the windows and the entire house look elegant. Shutters greatly improve the curb appeal of a home, while also making a first impression to your guests.

Decorative shutters made of high-density polyurethane foam (HDF), are available in smooth or rustic wood textures and a variety of styles such as planked, louvered or panel.  Faux wood shutters  are virtually indistinguishable from natural rustic wood.

Rustic is Beautiful and Sleek

As far as aesthetics are concerned, nothing appeals to the eye more than rustic does. The subtle brownish color adds a warm and homey quality that makes your home feel more habitable and welcoming. If you are someone who cares about his/her guests’ first impression, there is every reason to try rustic shutters.

Durable and stain-resistant

The other awesome thing about rustic  HDF shutters is the easy maintenance. Unlike natural wood that needs constant sanding and staining when exposed to weather, faux wood shutters require virtually no maintenance. They are highly durable and resist warping, fading, shrinking and insect rot, giving them lasting beauty for many years to come.

Whether you need louvered, solid planks or panel shutters, we have the best rustic shutters here at Volterra Architectural Products. Browse through our faux wood shutters and choose the rustic shutters that appropriate for your home. Visit Volterra online or call us at 602-258-7373.

How to Choose the Perfect Panel Mouldings

Besides the paint and perhaps a few portraits and wall hangings,  there really isn’t much you can do to make your walls come to life. Thanks to panel mouldings there is a cheap and effective way of ‘wallscaping’ that will really bring some character to your walls. In no time at all, wall panel mouldings will transform your interior and breathe new life into your otherwise bland walls.

When choosing the right panel mouldings for your home, the architectural style of your home, your personal taste, and orientation of your rooms will dictate the type of mouldings you will end up dressing your walls up with. Beyond your personal preferences and architectural style, there are other important considerations that should guide your buying decisions. To help you make the best decisions always and land the best possible panel mouldings, we have taken a look at three important considerations you need to make when purchasing panel mouldings;

Size and Scale of the Panel Mouldings

The size of the mouldings you decide on will dictate whether the room will light up or look stifled. The size of the mouldings directly depends on the size of the rooms and the number of elements contained in the rooms. If the rooms are large, then purchasing smaller mouldings would not be advisable as they will blend in too much and disappear. Large rooms look perfect when they are dressed up in deep and heavy panel mouldings which are proportional to the size of the walls.

Color of the Mouldings

Use panel moulding colors that are brighter than the wall paints if you want the mouldings to be focal points in the room or colors with a darker shade if you don’t want the mouldings to stand out too much.

Orientation of the Mouldings

There are many types and patterns of panel mouldings you can use in modern interior design. The choice of mouldings will depend on your preferences and how original you dare to be.

Whatever type of panel mouldings you use to spice up your interior and add a decorative element, we have got you covered here at Volterra Architectural Products.  Browse through out mouldings and purchase quality products at a very affordable price.

To learn more about our selection of panel mouldings or any of our other architectural products, visit our website or call us at 602-258-7373.

Why Your Base Mouldings Matter

Mouldings have become a popular decorative element that are used to add character and warmth to different rooms. Mouldings are loved by many because they are not only effective in adding texture to a space but are also cost effective. For all of their transformative qualities, mouldings don’t cost that much and anyone can use them to change the look of their homes. Mouldings are timeless classics which are perfect for both the traditional architectural and modern contemporary styles.

Mouldings immediately make people think about casings, panel mouldings, crown mouldings, and entablatures. An important type of moulding that many often overlook are the base mouldings. Commonly referred to as baseboards, base mouldings are important both functionally and for aesthetics. Here are three reasons why you should pay special attention to base mouldings when designing the interior of your home.

Perfect Transition

Without base mouldings, there would be a stark difference at the point where the floor meets the wall. The base mouldings create the perfect transition between the wall and the floor no matter what type of wall or floor you have.

Conceal Cracks and Uneven Edges

Most wall bases have cracks and uneven edges. These cracks can stick out like a sore thumb and destroy the aesthetics of any room. Fortunately, base mouldings are there to conceal such flaws and cracks at the base of the wall. They are also important when it comes to covering elements such as wires which run across the room. The house would otherwise be a mess with all the cracks, uneven edges and wires running all over.

Function as Protective Edging for the Wall

The other reasons why you need to pay special attention to base mouldings is because they are the protective edge for the wall. There is a lot of abrasion that takes place at the base of the wall. Mop movement, shoes, water, and other damages are some of the most common causes of abrasion at the base of the wall. Without base mouldings, the walls quickly become dirty and more prone to cracking.

Give Your House a Modern Touch

Base mouldings  give your interior a modern touch. Imagine how bland your living room would look without the skirting.  It is almost unfathomable to think that a living room can be deemed complete without the base mouldings. The baseboards give an interior clean lines and an overall improved look.

We have the best base mouldings in the market and offer them at a competitive price. Visit Volterra Architectural Products online or call us at 602-258-7373  to see our selection of base mouldings or learn more about our other architectural products that can make a difference to the ambience of your home.

4 Benefits of High Density Foam

In the last few years High density polyurethane foam products have grown in popularity in the build and design industry and it really doesn’t come as a surprise. They are steadily replacing the love for natural wood and other interior design materials which dominated the industry for a long time. Thanks to insular qualities in sound and heat, they are sometimes used as ceiling and wall panels, and often used as window and door trim or crown moulding. Here are 4 benefits of using high density foam decorative building products.

1. Elegant look

HDF products always add an unmatched beauty and elegance to any type of décor. They look just as authentic as natural wood and offers ease of maintenance which never goes out of style.

2. Very durable

High density foam is highly durable and will stand the test of time. They are strong and solid if properly installed and can last for over 20 years. Their solid nature and durability has made them beneficial when used in demanding outdoor environments. Their durability makes them cost-effective because you won’t be repairing and replacing these elements time after time.

3. Versatility

High density foam products are easy to work with and offer an unmatched versatility. They can be used in a range of both interior and outdoor areas without looking out of place. They also offer a wide range of looks, designs and even colors. Nothing comes in handier than an architectural product that covers an array of uses.

4. Quality at an affordable price

HDF products are not as expensive as their wood counterparts. This means you will be getting quality products at an affordable price. You will have more options available to you that meet your budget so you can truly customize the look you’re getting.

No matter how unique or specific your interior needs are, there are a variety of HDF products available here at Volterra Architectural Products to quench your thirst for elegant design and architectural looks. Visit our website or call us at 602-253-7373.

3 Exterior Design Tips for Your Home

Unknown to many home owners, the design of the outdoor face of your home is just as important as inside. Many times, designers concentrate too much on the inside and forget to give the exterior of their home a facelift. This should not be the case, because proper exterior remodeling and design will not only increase your property’s aesthetic value, but will add monetary value to the investment, especially if you are planning to sell at some point.

The beauty of outdoor design and remodeling is in the variety of options to choose from. It does not need as much intricacy as interior design and is more pocket-friendly. If the exterior of your home looks plain and lacks character, then here are 3 simple tips to help you spice things up a little bit and give your home a unique look:

1. Accentuate windows and doors with trims

Beyond landscaping and the roof of your home, the front door and windows are the first things people notice when they approach any house. The last thing you want is for your front door and windows to lack character and give your guests a bad impression about your home.  It only takes the addition of high quality trim to your front door and windows from Volterra Architectural Products to give your home charm and personality that will make a lasting first impression to your guests.

2. Add much needed curb appeal to your home using corbels and brackets

Add some much needed curb appeal to your property by using our lavish and intricately designed decorative exterior brackets and corbels. The corbels can be used just below the roof or around the corners and edges of the house and will add subtle character to the walls.

3. Vents- simple, effective and eye-catching

As much as vents are a necessity for ventilation, they can also be a  good decorative element for the exterior. Peruse through the range of vents we have here in Volterra and choose the type and design of vents which will help eliminate the monotony of plain walls.

Volterra Architectural Products offers a variety of products that can give your home an updated look. Help your home stand out from the crowd by contacting us on our website of by calling 602-258-7373.

Renovate Your Home with Architectural Beams

Many homes and businesses lack good old architectural looks and appeal. When there are so many architectural products out there that can enhance and transform an interior, there is no reason for this to be the case. One design element that is often seem omitted, but shouldn’t be, are architectural beams. Architectural beams have been around for centuries and add a refined and rustic appeal to any average looking space.

Updating The Look of Your Home

Thanks to the revolution of modern design and the love for faux wood architectural products, the preference for traditional architectural beams has gone down. Perhaps this explains why many homes lack the rustic sophistication that classic homes once had. Architectural beams offer great versatility when it comes to design, because they can be utilized both within and outside of the house. They can also be used in conjunction with nearly any style of architecture without looking out of place. Whether the preferred style is Old World or Contemporary, architectural beams can be used to add long lasting and authentic beauty to literally any style of architecture.

The architectural interest, along with the airy and lofty style accompanying these beams, makes them must haves. They are an essential element that should be considered when designing your house or business space. The uses of architectural beams include adding warmth and ambience in the kitchen or giving the living room the rustic ruggedness that tremendously increases its aesthetic value. When coupled together with white bright colors, architectural beams add texture to any space giving the room a warm tone and a classic look. The gurus and astute interior designers will choose the same color of beams as the floor for a well-coordinated look.

Renovate the look of your home and upgrade its status from average to classic high end ambience by using architectural beams. Volterra Architectural Products offers architectural beams in many colors and styles. To learn more, visit us online or call us at 602-258-7373.

3 Reasons to Use Faux Wood Planks

Many people have the idea that revamping their homes and incorporating classic architectural elements is too costly. This is attributed by the fact that many of the decorative elements and products used have been expensive. However, with the introduction of faux products this has changed. No matter the budget, anyone can change the look of their home or landscape at an affordable price. A good example of faux products which are really transforming the look of homes around the world are faux wood planks.

Here are the three main reasons why you should make faux wood planks a key element in your home makeover:

1. Versatility

Faux wood planks are versatile and can be used in both the interior and exterior of your home. Use the planks to texture your ceilings, create feature walls, build a gazebo and many other creative transformations throughout your home.

2. Add aesthetic beauty and make a statement

Faux wood planks give you the beauty and appeal of natural wood by emulating its look and texture. They are strikingly beautiful to look at and will help make a statement to the many visitors coming to your home.

3. Efficiency and cost effective

These faux wood planks are dense and efficient to work with. Besides their aesthetic appeal, they offer functionality and durability. The beauty of using these planks is that for all their beauty and efficiency, they come at an affordable cost, which makes them ideal for everyone.

Faux wood planks are a creative way of adding long lasting beauty to the interior and exterior of your home without necessarily breaking the bank. If your space is looking and feeling plain, faux wood planks are a good way to update your space.

To learn more about the many kinds of faux wood planks available, visit the Volterra Architectural Products catalogue or call us at 602-258-7373.

Transform Your Space With Panel Mouldings Using these 3 Tips

Are your rooms looking too ordinary and cramped? Did you know you can evoke an atmosphere of stately space using simple panel mouldings? Read on and find out how you can change the look of your home using accent mouldings today!

There is nothing that gives a room more warmth and welcome feeling than well-dressed walls. Many of today’s homes look blank and lack atmosphere, because the walls are glaringly plain and have no form of decor.  By using panel mouldings, you can change the aesthetics and general appeal of rooms, while adding eye-catching elegance to your home. Panel mouldings are extremely effective because they are light, easy to install, and can be customized to almost any degree. Here are 3 clever ways you can use panel mouldings to change the atmosphere in your home:

1. Create a home art gallery

If you are passionate about art and want to use paintings and other works of art to express yourself, panel mouldings are the best way to create a mini gallery at home. A clever way to accomplish this is by making a large outer wall frame using strips of panel mouldings and creating individual frames for each piece. Arranging the artwork inside the frame intricately and the results will be eye-catching.

2. Create a tufted wall

Tufted walls are a good way to add elegance to your decor. Tufted walls become a focal point in any space. Panel mouldings can be used to further accentuate the tufted walls when used as border frames. Tufted walls are especially cozy for bedrooms. Use them as a background for your bed or headboard and your bedroom will be forever transformed.

3. Make a statement with raised panels

Raised panels are a good way of making a statement in dining and living rooms, because they easily become focal points. They completely can transform a space and add much needed luxury.

With these three ideas and panel mouldings from Volterra Architectural Products, you can be on your way to a more elegant home within a few short hours. Visit us online or call for more information at 602-258-7373.