No matter how much you loved your house when you bought it, eventually things start to look a little tired and the idea of a renovation takes hold and just won't let go. Unless your house was a custom build, or you were able to add upgrades when you built, chances are good that the problem is your rooms lack individuality.
When investing in a space, it's important to know the differences in what you're potentially purchasing, as well as the reasons you might choose one over another. One common choice in the decision-making process is choosing between millwork and casework.
Perusing real estate websites for inspiration to warm up your own modern home is guaranteed to confuse you--houses aren't just ranch, bungalow, or colonial anymore; they're mid-century, or transitional, or any strange architectural combination--modern Mediterranean, anyone?
What makes a house a home? A home is a unique and familiar space that becomes a source of comfort and the setting for some of our most meaningful memories. Over time the details of your home, both architectural and otherwise, become these special points of interest that differentiate your home from someone else's. Interestingly, a lot of the unique qualities and features in a home are created by the strategic use of millwork. Millwork ingrains personality and function into the space, providing the room with features that reflect its purpose and instills character into the home. Here is a look at why architectural millwork is such an important aspect of a signature home.
Designing your home can be a very exciting experience. One of the best ways to take advantage of this unique opportunity is to customize certain spaces to cater to the room's purpose and your personal design aesthetic. By integrating millwork into your design choices you can add elegant details and emphasize the positive features of the room. Here is a look at how architectural millwork can elevate a space to the next level of style and functionality.
Elegant homes, regardless of period or architecture, have one thing in common--custom millwork and mouldings. Great millwork is what takes a basic box of a room and transforms it into anything you want it to be--an traditional English gentleman's study, a Venetian dining room, or a French boudoir.
You're familiar with the standard sorts of millwork--the basic baseboards, quarter rounds, crown molding and the like. But to really bring your home up a notch or two, consider some of the more unconventional options. They'll give your home a huge style boost without a huge investment.
If you're considering elevating your home's elegance with unique, quality millwork, you might want to consider using polyurethane products.
Polyurethane is an ozone-safe material that not only offers a timelessly elegant look to any home, but also offers several incredible safety and convenience features. Here are a few facts about polyurethane to consider when updating or designing your home:
Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make your home look more stunning as well as add value to it? Many homeowners use crown molding to give their rooms more character and warmth. One of the best crown molding materials is polyurethane. Here are some of the benefits of polyurethane crown molding, along with some creative options for using this type of crown molding throughout your home.
Project: New interior trim.
Why: Whether you want to embellish or change the character of your space, trim will give your rooms more personality and a stronger identity.
This home had been remodeled over the years, and each refresh had added details that were not age- or architecturally appropriate and took the home away from the plain-spoken look of an American foursquare. The new owners wanted to bring back some of the original details (or what could have been original) and add modern touches, so they hired Robert S. MacNeille, design principal and president of Carpenter & MacNeille.
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.
The Lyric Theatre, found in Birmingham, Alabama, is a historical theatre that was built in 1914 for B.F. Keith's Vaudeville circuit. According to a history write-up by The Lyric Fine Arts Theater website on wix.com, Major stars such as the Marx Brothers, Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Will Rogers, and Milton Berle played the Lyric. Berle said it was as fine a theater as any in New York.
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.
"My favorite word for greek revival houses is capacious. They are not colonials," says historian John Crosby Freeman, who grew up in one. They were built well into the 19th century, but they are unornamented, not gingerbread darlings. Greek Revival is the style that arrived between eras. At first used in public and civic buildings, Greek Revival became the overriding style for houses during the 1830's and 1840's, and did not fade until after the civil war. The rather obvious architectural model was the Greek temple. Besides columns - barely discernible as corner pilasters on many houses - Greek motifs define the style. These buildings were not seen as replicas, though, but as an innovative and politically appropriate form.
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.
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.