OLD HOUSE, NEW FLOOR PLAN

The appeal of Victorian era period detail is undeniable, but their floor plans are in conflict with modern tastes which prioritize light and access. We marvel at their lofty ceilings, small room footprints and locksets on every interior door. It was a different world, clearly - - so down come the walls.

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OLD HOUSE, NEW FLOOR PLAN

LISTENING TO A BUILDING TO RESTORE PERIOD DETAIL

History is a funny thing. Sometimes, it gets erased. In construction, we call that a “gut job”, meaning that the existing finishes have been demolished, from the framing studs out. Times change, tastes change, but the spirit of a building remains the same, and calls out for restoration of its original purpose and intention.

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LISTENING TO A BUILDING TO RESTORE PERIOD DETAIL

ON-SITE MILLWORK FABRICATION SKILLS KEEP PROJECT ON SCHEDULE

Construction of this new grand entry was an example of how on-site millwork fabrication skills can furnish design and production efficiencies, keeping the project on schedule. While a third party vendor will generally fabricate custom millwork more economically than can be done on-site, in this case, significant on-site fabrication enabled the carpenters to help resolve design approval issues in real time and keep the project moving. Like every industry, more specialization has been the tendency, causing changes in the role of the lead carpenter. This trend is driven by technology, and efficiencies of scale, but there are often times when there is no substitute for agile and responsive problem solving, based upon long experience.

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ON-SITE MILLWORK FABRICATION SKILLS KEEP PROJECT ON SCHEDULE