Interior carpentry projects for existing residential and commercial homes are different than new construction carpentry jobs. When working in finished residential or commercial settings there are many obstacles to plan for. The most important part of any interior carpentry project is to identify the cutting area, is there a garage or basement which allows the project to be completed in adverse weather conditions, or are you limited to the cutting and staging area to outside, which would allow you to only work when the weather allowed. This step will need to be determined to schedule the amount of days that a client may be inconvenienced. Another factor to consider when installing wood moldings or wainscoting is that it goes with the current design of the space.
Crown molding is a molding that is added at the ceiling line and most commonly consist of 1 piece 3″ to 6″ wide, other crown molding options are available with 2 pieces and varying sizes of width. Crown molding is a great way to add detail to a room and define the wall space and highlight both the trim color and the wall color.
Interior Wood Siding
Beadboard, Shiplap paneling, and Wainscoting can also be added to change the look of a space. There are 2 ways to install wood siding to existing walls. The least expensive way is to install the bead board or siding of your choice directly on to the existing sheetrock wall. This application will limit you to the thickness of the wood, as it cannot extend beyond the thickness of the existing door casings, base boards or window casings, you will also be limited in the level of detail with the thinner products. The second way, which is the most professional way, is to remove the trim and the sheetrock in the areas that you want the siding, install the wood siding of your choice, and then install window, door and base moldings. An electrician may be needed to adjust the depth of your outlets for either application.
Doors and Casing
Door and casings replacement is a easy way to freshen up a older home. The easiest way is to replace the existing door is with a blank door that would be fitted to the existing jam and have the hinge area morticed out to fit the existing mortice area. The second way is to install a new pre-hung door, casing and jam. When replacing the complete door and casing, the base board on the wall with the door may also need to be replaced or adjusted to fit the new door and casing. There are many types of doors available other than the commonly installed 6 panel doors.
Mantels, Bookcases, built in TV cabinets, window seats are just a few of the more custom trim packages that can be created to an existing area. Research can save a lot of time and money when choosing a custom trim piece. Pictures of what you would like to have built will help the carpenter to more accurate when providing costs. Drawings and dimensions are also a must with more detailed projects. A few Things to consider when deciding on cabinet doors, are the doors mounted outside or on top of the frame, or will the doors be flush with the frame, this will determine the type of hinge required and cost, what type of knob or pull will you have. Will the draws have a soft close feature? In some cases, the built in will need to be completed on site, depending on the size and complexity of the piece in may require to be built in the shop.
Complete carpentry services available:
- Exterior trim & rot repairs
- Window sill replacement
- Window & door replacement
- Deck & handrail repair & replacement
- Bulkhead replacement
- Shingles & siding replacement
- Synthetic decking and rail installation
- Interior trim finish
- Installation of crown molding, bead board, and wainscoting
- Basement refinishing
- Garage renovations
- Bathroom remodeling