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A Simple Interior Archway built out of Stone

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Ever wonder how to build an archway out of stone? Well, the Arch-Rite Arch kit will help you achieve this beautiful feature for any interior application.

First step: Frame your opening to your desired dimensions and then order your prefabricated archway to give you the best quality radius to apply your stone too.

2nd Step: Drywall the opening. Use 1/4″ drywall for tight radii and 1/2″ for softer radii. Remember, it is always easier to drywall an archway when you are using the flexible line of drywall. If you do not have access to flexible drywall, simple wet the back of your drywall before using. This will allow the drywall to bend without cracking, or falling apart on you.

3rd Step: Add 15lb felt paper to the arched opening

4th Step: Attach Metal Lathe over the felt paper to the archway and sides of the opening

5th Step: Apply a layer of scratch coat to the opening

6th Step: Use manufacturers installation instructions when setting the stone. Apply thin set to your stone and place on your arched opening.

*Tip: Use nails and wires to secure the stone when they are placed upside down for safety reasons and peace of mind..

7th Step: Fill in the gaps between the stone with mortar. Always start from the top and work down.

*When building stone archways for interior purposes, mortar can have a tendecy to brush off and leave a sandy mess behind. If your joints are tight enough, sometimes grout will give a better finish without the mess.

Now step back and enjoy your stone archway! For more detailed instructions you may feel free to contact

Arch Construction: Building a Half Round Archway with Arch-Rite

Monday, June 21st, 2010


Measure the width of your opening to the nearest quarter inch. Then measure and mark down from the header along the stud the appropriate rise as indicated on the Arch-Rite Archway.





For an opening deeper than a 2×4 wall, simply finish the “split cut” on the archway.






Nail (or Screw) the archway to each stud and to the header of your opening.

That’s it! Remember, you can use the arch as a template for cutting your drywall after it is installed.

Arched Doorways l Easily added to any new or existing home!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Arched doorways are very common in new home construction and we see various types of these archways being used. Archways in between doorways are usually Half-Rounds (half of a circle), Ellipticals (comprised of 2 different radii) or Eyebrows (segment of a circle). These arches all give a unique and elegant feature to any home.

The eyebrow arch is the most popular of the 3 different archways and may be found in many new and existing homes. The reason for their popularity is due to 3 main aspects.

The first is due to the subtle rise of the arch. This subtle rise gives a home a softer more contemporary look and feel. 2nd aspect of their popularity is that it matches many of the more popular arched top windows. Keeping a theme through out a home is very important, and matching your arched doorways to your windows is one great way to do that. Lastly, eyebrow archways are easily added to any doorway and are not constrained by the arch’s rise. The rise fits the customer’s needs. For example, if I have want an arched doorway and my header for that doorway is 8’-0” but I only want my archway to drop 12” to keep at 7’-0” off the floor then an eyebrow arch is the perfect choice. With eyebrow arches, the customer has the ability to adjust the rise if needed.

Whether you’re adding an arched doorway to a new home or an existing home, Arch-Rite has the right Arched Doorway Kit for you!