I need opinions please. Good, bad or indifferent. I would like them all. I am replacing my old cemetery columns this year due to them becoming structurally unstable. The columns I am replacing were constructed primarily out of foam. That is to say the frame was made out of 1 x 2's and the facade was constructed entirely out of foam. They are extremely light weight (which I intended), probably weighing about 10 lbs each. The winds, children and curious adults have taken their toll over the past several years and now is the time to replace them. And why not replace them?? It's not like I have a million other projects I would like to complete as well (note the hint of sarcasm). So, I have already constructed new column frames. This time I used 2 x 4's for the base and cap and 1 x 3's for the vertical posts. They measure 18 inches wide & deep by 7 feet tall. I want them to be heavier than the old columns (which they already are), but not so heavy that they will be difficult to move by myself. I have already incorporated a few charges / improvements into the new columns. Anyway, I am rambling. My questions are "What material would you use???". "Foam or Wood or a combination of both???" I was thinking about skinning them with 1/4 inch Underlayment plywood and then using foam on top of that for details?? But, I keep floundering between just using foam without the plywood Underlayment and using the Underlayment with foam details. Obviously the benefit to only using foam would be cost savings and a lighter weight column. The weight issue is not really that important at this point since they are already heavier than the old columns and I have incorporated a better anchoring system. I particularly would like opinions from those who have built columns. What would you have done differently?? I will post pics later of both sets of columns. I am on my iPad and can't figure out how to post pics from my iPad gallery. I have to email the pics to myself and download them to my desktop and post them from there. Here I go rambling again...sorry. Thanks for your input.