BUILDING RENOVATION STAIRCASE

Stairs are perhaps the most exacting of tasks required of the carpenter. Usually, framing specialists execute the structural frame, but for this demanding project, the finish carpenter insisted on building it himself. There were issues, such as code requirements for a continuous handrail, and accomodations made for a salvaged, original Victorian newel post. The master carpenter knew exactly what it would take to get it right the first time, so that’s how we did it.

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BUILDING RENOVATION STAIRCASE

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

SALVAGE GIVES CONVICTION TO A MODERNIST ADDITION

When designing an addition to a 1949 bauhaus classic by noted Modernist Samuel Glaser, great care was taken to make the look and feel of the new work entirely consistent with the original. This meant that we were to reproduce existing millwork and trim details throughout the addition.

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SALVAGE GIVES CONVICTION TO A MODERNIST ADDITION

Old, Virgin Growth Lumber and Alternatives

By Doug Hanna

Having worked on old homes and structures in New England for the last 40 years, we continue to be impressed with the durability of the lumber used before the 20th century. Most of the exterior trim installed in the 17th, 18th and most of the 19th century came from virgin timber. These were trees that had grown close together, undisturbed, sometimes for centuries. The result of this "slow growth " was a tree with much tighter ring patterns, which created a harder, stronger piece of lumber that had more resistance to rot and insect damage. One of the most remarkable common places we still see this type of trim lumber is in window sills. Though window sills take a beating, and they might look worn and rutted, many sills continue to remain almost completely sound, sometimes centuries after they were installed.

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Old, Virgin Growth Lumber and Alternatives