Lovers of architecture and history believe they will enjoy marrying the two when taking on restoring an older home to its natural glory. Staying true to the home's architectural era may be more of a challenge than expected. Worthington Millwork can help!
Not only do we have a full catalog of architectural products in stock, but we also make custom products. For example, when you need to match or recreate a section of molding that is no longer made, our craftsmen can reproduce it. Let us help you restore your home to its original architectural era.
Know the Architectural Era
Determine the Style
Another option is to use a style from the era in a furnishing and transfer that to architectural details in your home. For example, you can use the design of a Stickley chair for inspiration for cladding on a counter. You may benefit from researching decorating and architectural design history to determine the details you wish to bring out in your restoration.
Choose a Restoration Contractor
Many people do not realize it, but building a new home and doing home restoration are quite different. Home restoration requires a unique set of skills, tools, and experience. Here are a few websites to use to begin your search:
Once you have a list of contractors prepared, use due diligence to check for licensing and complaints, just as you would a contractor for any build or remodel. Next step is to contact each contender to set a time to meet and discuss your project. Ask such pointed questions like how many projects they will have going on during your remodel, what kind of insurance they cover, will they be responsible for obtaining any permits, and who do they use for subcontractors. Request several references and follow up with each one.
Always sign a construction contract before work begins. Make sure it has a retainer clause stating that work is complete and project is fully functional before final payment is made. Once final payment is made, make sure they have signed a lien waiver. This insures both parties have signed that all work has been completed and all payments to materials suppliers, subcontractors or vendors were made.
At any point in your restoration project, check with us at Worthington Millwork for architectural details. If we don't have it in stock, we will work with you and your contractor to assure you have quality products that match the details you need. We guarantee any product you receive from us will be Made-in-America or you will receive a full refund. This is our specialty and the pride of our company.