With warmer weather and extra time on our hands, there's never been a better opportunity to refresh our houses and our souls with a home update. Whether renovating your home to give it your personal touch or getting it ready to put on the market, there are simple curb appeal projects for every budget. With so many material and product options available, Ekena makes it easy to pick a project off your wish list and get it done in no time flat. With so many ways to order too, there is solution that works for everyone. Between purchasing from the pro desk at your local hardware or big box store, calling in to speak with a sales expert, or ordering online, we make it easy to get what you want, when you need it. There is a whole host of projects you can choose to tackle that will bring joy to your heart and value to your home, but we've chose three easy exterior ventures that can really make a big bang for your buck.
ADD A GABLE BRACKET OR PEDIMENT Gable brackets and pediments are a beautiful addition to the roof line of your home, peak of your porch, or edge of your entryway. These handcrafted pieces made of either cellular PVC or rustic wood compliment all kinds of exteriors and add architectural interest and detail to free-standing structures such as gazebos and pergolas too. With hard-to-find specialty designs, traditional construction, and one-of-a-kind modern and whimsical features, there is a style to fit everyone's personality.
ADD SHUTTERS Today most shutters are purely decorative, referencing a hallmark of traditional residential architecture. They come in every style and material imaginable to fit your style and budget. Shutters are the perfect addition to your home's exterior because they can add a pop of color, improve t he look of old windows and break up the monotony of brick, siding or stucco. Vinyl, cellular PVC, composite, real wood, rustic wood and polyurethane faux wood collections are all available through Ekena and we have experts available to help choose style, materials, colors and additional hardware to give you just the look you're wanting.
ADD GABLE VENT From functioning air flow vents to decorative additions, a new gable vent is an easy affordable way to improve the appearance of your home. We offer the widest selection of shapes to fit all kinds of houses and with endless sizes, there are truly limitless possibilities. There are lightweight surface mount options to give that special touch to an empty peak, or durable recessed and surface mount functioning options to let your attic breathe and regulate heat. Choose wood if staining to match other exterior features or pick water resistant urethane and PVC for painting applications. It's the perfect cherry on top of a beautiful house.
Published March 30th, 2020
Wall Panels are Popping Up Everywhere
Grab a current copy of any home decor magazine and you'll find a once traditional wall treatment, finding its way back into all kinds of homes and spaces. From grand large-scale motifs, to simple statements; wall panels and picture frame moulding is all the rage. Pick a panel from a variety of styles to achieve a fresh new update to traditional wainscot designs.
Wall panels offer a sophisticated texture and geometric elevation that brings a time-honored design beautifully into the 21st Century. Solid back wall panels and clean line open framed panels combined with bold wallpaper or bright paint give a current spin on a classic style. These design trends perfectly blend old and new to create a truly inviting space.
Ekena Millwork has urethane and PVC wall panels in traditional rectangle and square options that can easily update tired flat panel doors or cabinets, ornate filigree panels that add beautiful detail and texture to a wall or furniture piece, or simple designs that add architectural detail anywhere. Plus a whole new collection of designer decorative wall panels in our PVC fretwork line.
Both urethane and PVC wall panels, no matter the style you choose, are perfect for interior or exterior applications because when finished correctly, the material offers a durable waterproof and insect-proof solution that can solve all sorts of design dilemmas.
Our lightweight, easy to install wall panels offer an expensive custom look for less. Traditional panel framing and installation takes time to cut, miter and assemble individual pieces together for a finished look. Do it faster and easier with our one step pre-assembled panels. Pair with coordinating chair rail for a custom wainscot look or coordinate with crown moulding, baseboard, door and window casing for a complete package that looks like it was always a part of your home.
Published March 25th, 2020
Easy Front Door Update with the Perfect Portico
Need an instant update for Spring or want to easily change the look of your front entrance? Full porches are nice, but sometimes space and budget don't allow for all the support and structure needed to complete that kind of addition. But you can achieve a grand entrance feature and easily update curb appeal with a portico that matches your style perfectly.
What's a portico you might ask? It has lots of names like gable porch, door awning, floating overhang, but simply put, it is just a small porch with a roof-like structure over a walkway, doorway or garage entrance. It can be supported by braces or brackets, include a gable bracket, and/or have column supports. Personalizing your portico is easy too. Add rafter tails to create a more trellis-like entrance, or a decorative pediment and gingerbread brackets add a touch of Victorian whimsy, and columns make a statement extension to the front of the house that sets yours apart from the rest.
Portico designs range from a combination of framing and support systems that offer a variety of looks for all types of homes. From a simple shade cover that melds function with style; to an elaborate alteration of the roof line that transforms a boring entrance to a beautiful passageway. With Ekena's large variety of material and product designs, you can perfectly match the historical story of your home, or give it a modern twist for a distinct difference that will catch the attention of every passerby.
Ekena Millwork has professional sales experts available to assist in design and style recommendations, make a one-off and quote from a reference picture or simply answer questions about installation, material choices or what products best fit your project need. We have local dealers all over the US and an online catalog to give you an idea of just how many options we have available.
Published March 25th, 2020
Wood and metal combinations in architecture and home decor offer classic design aesthetics with real staying power. Creating a sense of balance and order, while also providing a functional solution to storage and support; our Ironcrest brackets lend themselves to timeless trends you won't get tired of.
Handcrafted smooth cedar or fir combined with refined steel, offers a simple, yet striking minimalist design. Each element exposes its natural beauty by contrasting with the other. The dynamic medley of materials is an easy way to introduce an industrial or masculine touch to a space. The combination of dark iron with rustic wood is a centuries old pairing, but our Ironcrest brackets bring a fresh, modern approach to traditional design. They are the perfect accent for mantles, shelves, cabinets, doorways and more.
Made from refined steel and the highest-grade timber, our brackets offer durable construction for lasting stability and support . Natural and man-made elements unite to create a rustic and contemporary feel with texture and style. These sleek, stylish brackets are adaptable to any décor; making them an ideal addition to industrial, contemporary, farmhouse, or rustic homes or business spaces.
We all want our home to have details that will transform it, as well as special touches that beautify our living spaces. Ironcrest offers the best of versatile and simple design, with elegance and grandeur that will never go out of style. Even in the most modern spaces, combining components that reflect the past, makes for timeless trends that can withstand the test of time.
Published January 20th, 2020
Ekena Ramps Up PVC Production to Meet Increasing Demand
Architectural PVC is making its way onto more homes, into more commercial spaces, on the shelves of local lumber yards and selling on your favorite online home improvement store. Why is this material making waves and changing the way planning, building, and construction is done?A versatile and durable product, expanded PVC is a closed cell, free foam material sold in sheets. We cut and carve these sheets to fabricate and assemble products such as corbels, shutters, pediments, gable brackets, wall panels and more. The PVC material combines a rigid, smooth exterior and matte finish that make it ideal for both exterior and interior applications. The stable, high-density nature of PVC means it won't rot, split or chip, and it doesn’t absorb water; so it resists all forms of insect infestations, mold and mildew. PVC offers maximum durability and minimal upkeep with a sharp design clarity and high-resolution quality, with endless custom fabrication options. It offers the appearance and workability of wood, yet has all the benefits of a long-lasting composite material.Because PVC is so flexible and versatile, we can replicate pretty much any interior or exterior decorative millwork product that has only been available in wood, urethane or resin before. Most all PVC products such as wall panels, fretwork, pediments, shutters, corbels, brackets, gable vents, and decorative trim can be made-to-order now, in a plethora of non-standard sizes and shapes.When you hear PVC, maybe you automatically think plumbing pipes or sprinkler parts. That is not what our architectural PVC is. We took this popular construction material and manufacture it in a whole new way to create better, more resilient millwork products. Our PVC is dent-resistant, lightweight, and strong. By offering most all of our traditional wood and urethane product lines in PVC now; it has enabled us to provide easier to install, durable, long-lasting solutions for custom projects where other materials just wouldn't work. Because our PVC products do not rot like wood or rust like metal, and it is resistant to weathering, splitting, warping and insect infestations; all these properties add up to make it one of the best options for commercial and residential building elements. We've seen an uptick of builders, architects, designers and homeowners alike, wanting more special, made-to-order options for unique design and building projects. PVC has allowed us to fabricate and fulfill some significant, complex custom orders.At Ekena our goal is to always take the manufacturing process to another level, while melding innovation with function. We want to establish a new standard in special orders by making the "hard-to-do" stuff that others won't. To see our entire collection of PVC product lines visit www.ekenamillwork.com.[gallery ids="258,260,261,262,263,264"]
Published September 18th, 2019
Running Out of Design Ideas? Try Our Running Trim as an Interior Wall Treatment
[caption id="attachment_245" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] 8" MALTA running trim used instead of traditional crown moulding.[/caption]Looking for something fresh to update your average walls or replace ho-hum hanging decor? Our architectural grade PVC running trim is an easy installation option for a captivating wall treatment. Because it is sold in linear pieces and the patterns are designed to repeat, it is an easier alternative to the more complicated measuring of wallpaper, wood wall panels or other traditional products.To create texture and dimension, simply install the running trim horizontally on the wall from corner to corner. It can be used as a border to replace traditional crown moulding or can be installed in rows from ceiling to floor. With a variety of geometric, whimsical and nature-inspired patterns, you can create a look all of your own. Form unique designs by arranging the trim vertically or stacking them in an alternating fashion for a big wow factor.PVC running trim is extremely durable and waterproof, so it makes the perfect addition to a nursery, bedroom, playroom or bathroom. Our running trim comes in three sizes; four, six and eight inches tall and is sold in four foot lengths. It is light-weight and installs with simple construction adhesive and small finishing nails. The ends just butt up to one another and a small amount of acrylic chalk can fill the gap for a perfectly seamless line every time.Paint the trim in a contrasting color for a bold statement or use the same color as the wall, but in a different sheen for subtle character. Our paintable running trim offers an easy solution for wall and ceiling imperfections, as well as gives you the freedom to add color and texture in an interesting way. The crisp cutouts and pierced trim deliver chic, sophisticated details for any space. In a world of uniform design and decor options, stand out from the rest and race to our running trim to get started on your new walls today. Call or email for a dealer near you. www.ekenamillwork.com[gallery ids="246,247,248"]
Published September 17th, 2019
Antique Wood Tiles Make Splash as Design Accent
Our new wood mosaic wall tiles provide a unique, modern alternative to standard flat wall textures. Create interesting patterns, elaborate works of art, or memorable feature walls and ceilings with these easy to install tiles. With several patterns to choose from, they are truly a unique option for your next project.
The tiles are made of merbau wood, recycled from old boats. The character and distinct impressions on each tile reveal history and an antique flair that other wood wall coverings and traditional tiles cannot achieve. Depth and texture of the wood pieces provide beautiful dimension for a sophisticated 3D wall covering that captures the elegance and warm of wood in a modern fashion.
Merbau wood has excellent strength characteristics, along with excellent stability, making it ideally suited for use where strength is important. It is also reported to be very durable, and resists rotting. They have a fiberglass mesh backing for stability making them simple to glue directly to your installation surface. They can be easily cut for a precise fit too. Perfect for residential or commercial projects, they make a bold statement anywhere. With varying wood tones in each pattern and style, there is one to match everyone's personal preference.
Benefits & Advantages: - Rustic detail that brings instant sophistication - Durable construction that is long-lasting - Several patterns and two shapes to choose from - Can be installed either vertical or horizontal - Varying natural wood tones in the authentic wood - Installation is quick and simple, for all levels of installers
Published August 19th, 2019
Pull out Wall the stops
Go all out and have the best walls around. Ekena's new line of fretwork wall panels provide a modern look with classic inspiration for any space. Their chic and sophisticated appearance make them well suited for all styles of decor from modern to more traditional. These designer wall panels are a great way to turn non-traditional wall spaces into stunning features or give boring ceilings a stunning, textural makeover.They are lightweight, making them easy to install on walls, ceilings, doors, furniture and more. They are a great alternative to wallpaper and other traditional wall coverings, because the sturdy PVC is waterproof, dent resistant, and durable making it functional in every room, including wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.With more than 30 designs and two sizes for each, the design options are limitless! You can mix and match sizes in the same design for a truly custom project. Best of all, they are easy to cut with standard tools and they install with common adhesive. Pulling out all the stops for your next wall project is easy with Ekena fretwork wall panels.search Ekena Fretwork Wall Panels to find a dealer
Published August 12th, 2019
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Published April 18th, 2019
A New Faux Stone Panel that will Rock Your World
Picture this…you’re mid-renovation, approaching the contractor’s completion date, and you realize you forgot to order the stone you wanted for the front of the house. Time is not on your side and you need to save your budget from imploding. Daydreams float around of an easy to install product (maybe you could even do it yourself?!), with a realistic stone pattern that could ship out in 24 hours. And… what if you could have the stunning color and pattern options of natural stone, plus other great benefits.
Well, Ekena Millwork is about to make all your dreams come true with our new line of economy faux stone panels. These beauties have tongue and groove ends for a seamless design and they are lightweight for easy installation. They are great for areas with harsh weather as they are super durable and impact resistant. No one will know they aren't real, because they are molded from genuine stone for realistic clarity and authentic beauty.
Natural stone is very heavy and will require a professional contractor to do the complicated installation. Which will cost you more money on top of the cost of the product. Adversely, faux stone panels weigh as little as one pound per square foot, making it easy for you to carry and install yourself. Our new faux stone siding is also in stock and ready to order from your local dealer shipping out within 24 hours. And with four beautiful rugged stone patterns and six striking colors, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your personal style.
Needs samples? No problem. Need the panels ASAP? We’ve got you covered. Need to talk to experts about installation or want to know more about the product? We’ve got answers. What are you waiting for? These in-stock, ready to ship, innovative faux stone panels can make the difference to your exterior that you've been dreaming of.
Search Ekena Faux Stone Panels to find a dealer today.
Published April 12th, 2019
Budget-friendly Wood Beams? Is it possible?
Who doesn't want the beauty and character of aged-wood beams in their home? However, aged or salvaged-wood beams are usually very heavy, costly, and can have damage by warping or insects. If you are wanting the look of exposed beams and don't need the support, a good option is to install faux wood beams.
In fact, our beams are so realistic and offer such great value, they were awarded First Place Best New Product by LMC, a leading Forest Products and Building Materials Buying Group owned by independent lumber and building material dealers across the country. Manufactured from high-density polyurethane, our faux wood beams are made to look just like the real thing. Truly, you can't tell the difference once installed. Available in a myriad of finishes, styles and textures, these lightweight, easy to install alternatives to authentic wood beams, make it simple to upgrade your space without sacrificing your wallet and reno schedule.
With so many options and unique hand-painted finishes, you can customize your beams to match your interior style perfectly. Our modern whitewash and honey dew finishes are finding their way in classic ranch, contemporary and farmhouse style homes all over the country. The applications are endless with the versatility our maintenance-free faux wood beams offer. Upgrade and increase your home value while adding dimension and that special character you desire for two, to three times less than real wood beams.
Search Ekena faux wood beams to find a dealer today.
Published February 20th, 2019
Trending: Modern-Day Wall and Ceiling Treatment Like You've Never Seen Before
Get the look you want or didn't know you could have, at a price you can afford, with new innovative PVC panels. These durable, light-weight panels make a huge impact and give a fresh take on traditional wainscoting or ceiling options. They are manufactured in four foot by eight-foot sheets and there are no bounds to the design, patterns and creativity.
If you like geometric patterns for a trendy modern vibe, or floral and botanical prints for a nature-inspired look, or even the clean lines of traditional paneling, these PVC panels offer an inspiring alternative to traditional wood, MDF or plastic wall and ceiling treatments.
The best part expanded PVC products are created from a high-density, rigid material. It is rolled and pressed out into a sheet that can then be cut, drilled, machined, nailed, glued, and screwed just like wood, metal, and aluminum. It has superior screw and staple retention. It offers superior dent and scratch resistance, making it an ideal wall covering for busy homes and high traffic commercial environments. In addition, it is resistant to moisture and insects, so it’s great for interior or exterior projects, (think custom porch siding and ceilings, intriguing laundry room texture, beautiful baths). It's easy to install and comes ready to paint, so your new space can be completed in no time at all.
You are just a few easy steps away from showing off your new one-of-a-kind home upgrade. First, use that imagination you have and dream up a creative, bold, delicate, or whimsical design. Next, call a Design Expert at Ekena Millwork to review your design idea and help you partner with a local dealer who can quote and help you order. They take over the process from there to make your dreams come true. The product development team renders the design, sends it to the CNC machine where technology takes over and the machine precision-cuts your custom design out with clean, crisp detail with unmatched quality.
Get inspired and then get these panels. Give your space new found interest and beauty, that others will want to emulate. What are you waiting for?
Published February 12th, 2019
For the construction and building industry, custom orders can bring up feelings of stress and anxiety. Most manufacturers only have standard stock items that often don't seem to fit the bill perfectly.
At Ekena Millwork we strive to be a full service, one-stop-shop manufacturer. From product concept to design, then fabrication to production, our team is dedicated to building the finest goods on the market; maximizing the value and efficiency of every product we make.
Ekena introduced a new time-saving tool for contractors, architects, and builders alike with value-add deliverables that the industry hasn’t had easy access to before. Our online Product Designers allow the user to draft a custom design online 24/7. We’re making custom orders standard and giving vendors the tools to be more successful.
Not only does Ekena Millwork offer the largest collection of wood, metal and composite millwork in the country, but the capabilities and opportunity to order whatever product you need in any material, in every shape and size could save considerable time and money.
The new PVC DESIGNER is available for most every product category making it possible to design custom pediments, gable pediments and gable brackets, corbels, braces, brackets, outlookers, rafter tails, arches, trim, and even pilasters. The tool instantly delivers custom sizing, pricing, cad files, spec sheets and photo rendering; a complete deliverables package not available until now.
“Ekena not only pushes the boundaries in the products we make, but we also want to set a new standard in the millwork industry for how products are ordered, purchased and shipped,” says Director Daniel Milkie. “The customization of building materials like these has not been easily done without outdated time-consuming drawing and drafting techniques,” added Milkie.
Ekena developed the software in-house to render the product specs in real time to help save their vendors and contractors time and effort after taking inventory of their customers’ wants and needs for quality custom building products. The online tool is simple to use and does all the calculating for the user. It allows for unique and specific variations to be made by offering options for custom widths, depths and heights; with open, closed or solid construction options. The combinations are endless and are really allowing designers, builders, architects, and lumber yards to offer truly signature pieces that can’t be found elsewhere. Our goal is to offer not just a product, but a solution.
Published January 29th, 2019
Put a Ring On It
Ceiling accents such as rings and medallions, offer a great opportunity to upgrade a plain light fixture or ordinary ceiling space to an extraordinary focal point. These quick install and affordable additions come in PVC or polyurethane and a vast range of sizes, shapes, and styles.
Medallions and ceiling rings are jewelry for the home, and when paired together, they compose a grand effect. Throw in a sparkling chandelier, modern pendant, or ceiling fan; and the combination creates the perfect signature style.
With round, diamond, oval, square and rectangular designs, there is something for everyone's preference. Eclectic, contemporary, organic, floral, traditional, and classic textures and patterns accentuate every home decor style. They come in beautiful pre-painted finishes such as metallic, crackle, flat and wood for those who want to simply match their current color schemes or you can add your own personal touch as they come factory primed too.
Make a bold statement or subtly draw attention to your favorite new light fixture. Dream up and inspire an original piece of artwork by creating your own concept. Why waste space with a dull fifth wall, when you can makeover your ceiling space into something more wonderful.
Published January 25th, 2019
Premade Taking Over Building Industry
With so many facets of construction turning to premade or prefabricated building components, custom millwork is more valuable than ever. Contractors, builders, designers and homeowners alike have the opportunity to save time and money without compromising on quality, by ordering premade\preassembled millwork.
A perfect example, Larry Stauch of RW Specialties in Casper Wyoming, shared that our Ekena custom 12/12 pitch gable brackets built in our factory in Texas made quite the statement compared to the field-built brackets next door.
Not only does the quality and expertise of hand-crafted millwork add to the overall character of a home or business; but the value of having an inspected, quality-checked and superior material is worth ordering from a mill, rather than depending on labor to cut, measure, and assemble on site. Prefabricated gable pediments, braces, brackets, outlookers, and rafter tails all help reduce overall project schedule time with shorter duration of the construction phase, all while improving the quality of the craftsmanship and making the scheduling of installation easier and more predictable.
When you have the ability to order a custom any-size, any-style, any-material component that can be made quickly and made well, and also shipped to the work site, there is less room for error and waste. Off site fabricated construction isn’t a new development in the construction industry, but it is more practical and cost-effective than ever before with new materials and techniques being developed all the time.