- Skill. Do you have the necessary skills to build a sound structure, and do it safely?
- Scale. Is the size of the project one that you can handle in a reasonable amount of time?
- Cost. When factoring in the value of your own time, can the project be completed for less cost by a professional? Do you have the tools you need?
- Aesthetics. Can you finish the project attractively enough that you're not sacrificing resale value? Would a rough grout joint or wallpaper seam bother you?
When you agree to pay for construction work, though, it’s up to you, your architect and your contractor to agree on what will be built. This can be difficult, because the “product” you’re talking about is something that’s never been built and doesn’t even exist yet except in everyone’s minds — and in documents.
Here we recap the building permit basics, with links to more in-depth analysis of various stages of the planning, permitting and inspection processes. It’s an overview of a subject you should familiarize yourself with before tackling your home remodel project.
While floor plans do reveal a lot about the functional characteristics of a house, they often lack the information needed to describe the home's overall feel. This is because they can't easily show us what is going on in the third dimension. So when looking at a floor plan, remember that you're looking at just one view of the house and you'll need to look at other views to really understand all of the house's features.
Having said this, let's look at what a floor plan shows.
Buying architectural products like molding, columns, railing systems etc. can potentially put a big dent in a projects budget; but it does not have to! Small little changes can add up to big savings in the long run if you stay consistent with them.
1. Make sure that each length of your crown moldings you purchase has the exact same spring angle, width and thickness. Why? Building supply stores purchase their crown (and trim) from several manufactures, each using their own different fabrication standards/ tolerances.
2. Always check the square of your saw before you begin. For every degree your saw is out, you will get twice that error for each joint you cut.
If you are not comfortable with cutting your own columns to height Worthington Millwork can always cut the columns for you.
Removing finish trim is a skill that will come in handy for any home restorer. Plumbers and electricians often cut through trim moulding to do their upgrades, roughhousing kids and fast-moving pets can damage old or delicate baseboards, and it's often necessary to patch-in repairs. Not to mention that after a century of painting, trim often needs stripping to regain its luster and reclaim its profiles. Read on to discover how it's done.
Did you know there is a big difference between restoring a house and rehabilitating one? Restoring your home involves faithfully repairing and re-creating a building's original architectural elements so that it closely resembles its appearance at a previous point in time. Rehabilitating your home is more interpretive - it involves making the structure sound and usable again and retaining whatever original features are possible to save, but not necessarily restoring things that have gone missing. For new owners of old houses, deciding which approach to use is the first logical step in helping map out repairs. These basic rules for sensitive historic rehabilitation - based on the secretary of the interior's standards used to enforce the Federal Rehabilitation Incentive Tax Program - office sound advice.
Fiberglass columns are one of the most commonly purchased columns today. They are very easy to paint and offer a limited lifetime warranty (depending on where you purchased them from). They are extremely durable and can withstand a variety of conditions and abuse. Painting columns the correct way is very important. You don't want to have to sand it all down and start over again, so why not read these directions and get it right the first time!
A detailed look at installing an aluminum railing system. Aluminum railing systems are good for many different reasons. See the many different benefits of using an aluminum railing system in our blog. Although installation instruction do typically come with your purchase they can be very difficult to read and understand. We have laid it all out for you here, enjoy!
Polyurethane louvers are very low maintenance and can enhance any architectural style. They are manufactured in the U.S.A and are very durable, extremely light and high density. Installing these louvers are extremely simple. Just follow these four steps and you are all done!
Installing crown moulding, like playing the piano, takes practice. Unlike playing the piano, however, most people can get the hang of it with only a little practice. Before you take the time to become a master, however, you may want more information on preassembled corner pieces that simplify the project tremendously.
Installing fiberglass columns can sometime be confusing or a hassle. We have broken down our installation instructions so that it is easy to install and also fast. This is simple enough that a homeowner can do it! As always if you have any questions on your installation feel free to give us a call!
Follow these few simple steps to measure for a window arch.
When you think curb appeal the last thing most people think of is architectural products. Not only can products such as window heads, entrance systems, and pergolas add value to your home they can add far more value than just adding a few bushes to your lawn. Although you can maximize your home value and curb appeal by doing both.