Good design hinges on blending traditional details with cost effectiveness. When designing projects, the selection of the materials is key to meeting clients' aesthetic tastes and budgets. Take this Mansion Reconstruction in Mendham, New Jersey: stone exterior columns were costly, and wood exterior columns presented issues such as high maintenance and shorter life span. We therefore elected a modern material - cast concrete - manufactured by Concrete Designs, Inc. The cast concrete provides all the benefits of stone columns at a much more reasonable cost, and its look matched the mansion's original structures (top). Cast concrete via Concrete Designs, Inc. was also used for the mantle in the music room (bottom). You can see how expertly it blends with the period pieces and original structures.