Aesthetically, custom interior carpentry will make you the pride of your neighborhood. Greene Construction can add the flair of custom-built interior carpentry that will make you the envy of all your neighbors. Your kitchen and bathrooms come fully furnished but other rooms are empty. Can you remember walking into your living room or master bedroom with a ceiling, bare walls and some type of flooring?
Flooring changes are easier if done before moving furniture in. It helps to live in your home for a while and learn how you use each room.
Soon you’ll start dreaming about more storage or a cozy window seat. Look at magazines and idea books (see my favorite books below) for how others have created ideas similar to yours. Now it’s time to find someone to help you turn your interior carpentry dreams into reality – we’d like it to be us!
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You can buy a piece of furniture but rarely will it fit your space exactly. With custom built-ins, you get to design the space exactly how you want it. While you might spend a little more, you’ll get better support for your lifestyle and increase the value of your home. Interior carpentry, especially custom built in’s are the best way to customize your living spaces.
Here are ideas from projects we’ve done for clients:
- Shelving to display collectibles
- Bookcases for books, etc
- Extra seating or reading space
- Storage, storage & more storage
- Entertainment center
- Bill paying center or desk
- Hobby work space or storage
- Student desk
- Window seat for reading or overnight guests
- Loft beds & playspaces
- Under bed storage
- Built-in dressers
- Extra storage in short walls, odd spaces
You might be happy with how your home functions and just want to dress things up a bit. There are hundreds of trim choices from medallions to dress up your ceiling, crown molding, wainscoting and enough to fill entire books (see list below).
Great Idea Books
Sometimes we’re not quite sure what we’re searching for, and photos can help us visualize things. Here are some of the books my customers have praised for giving them great ideas.
- Taunton Home’s New Built-Ins Idea Book
- Creative Homeowner’s Design Ideas for Home Storage
- Taunton’s New Kidspace Idea Book
- Taunton’s Decorating Idea Book
- Creative Homeowner’s 1001 Ideas for Trimwork
Gather your photos and ideas – we’ll help turn your dreams into reality!
Custom Built Fireplaces
Fireplaces add warmth to any room, along with heat for chilly nights. A custom built fireplace project may focus on updating the fireplace mantel and surrounding vertical trim. A new/updated fireplace might be part of a larger remodeling project with built-in bookcases, cabinets, etc. Here’s what might be involved in your fireplace project.
Fireplace Location and Fuel
If you’re adding a fireplace, you’ve got to pick a location and the type of fuel used might influence your decision. Most fireplaces still require ventilation and traditionally, that means a chimney although there are other options.
- Exterior wall
- Interior chimney
- Duct work to outside wall
- Ventless fireplace inserts
Fireplace fuel options range from wood, pellets, natural gas, propane to electric. Here are some questions to help you decide which is the best type of fuel for your fireplace.
- Do you want your fireplace for it’s appearance, warmth or both?
- How much space do you want to heat?
- What fuels are available to you?
- Are you concerned about having heat during power outages?
Fireplace Materials and Aesthetics
Now the really tough decisions start. What type of finish do you want for your fireplace? Do you want a flat wall with the fireplace pushing out from the wall, or sunk into the wall? What do you envision on either side of the fireplace?
We’ll work with you to pick the right fireplace for your home. You’ll need to lead the discussion on the topics below so think of them as a checklist to get ready for our discussion and together we’ll design your fireplace.
- Corn and other alternative fuels
- Location – exterior or interior wall
- Fuel – wood, pellets, natural gas, propane or electric
- Height – floor or eye level
- Hearth – floor or raised
- Wall – flat or bump out
- Mantel – shelf or flat
- Side walls – shelves, cabinets, etc.
Stairs are an integral part of every home with more than one floor. Stairs might seem simply functional but they can add to your home’s decor. What’s important is deciding what you want to accomplish when you update your stairs.
- Replace stairs covered with carpeting or paint.
- Upgrade treads– poor quality, worn, squeaky.
- Add finishing touches to existing staircase.
- Open up stairwell – too narrow, dark or unattractive.
- Move stairs to free up space.
Homeowners are often disappointed to learn their builder quality stairs must be replaced entirely. We help identify potential problems like existing code violations like steep pitch, inadequate headroom, missing/cracked stringers, etc.
We offer suggestions for updating your stairs. Removing a wall or moving your stairs to a new location will involve higher costs so we’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your budget.
Picking Stair Materials
Many stair projects involve assembling 100s of stair components. Custom made, curved stairs are very dramatic in an entrance hall but they take up a lot of space and aren’t the best solution for linking your main floor to upper stories. When picking your stair materials, you’ll select your wood (paint or stain grade) and finish for your treads and risers, along with styles for your newel post and balusters:
- Brazilian Walnut (Lapacho or Ipe)
- Black Walnut
- Pine or …
- Combination of woods with inlays
Railing Materials and Styles
Stair railings include the top railing, newel posts to support the railings and balusters which run vertically below the top railing for safety. Styles range from square to very intricate, lathe turned spindles of woodwork. It’s quite common for the railings to have a different finish from the treads and even the balusters can be different than the top railing and newel posts, i.e. painted versus wood stained.
There are additional finishing touches you can add to your stairs. The skirtboard, similar to baseboard, along the side of the stairs can include intricate carving. Stair treads have stair nose molding on the outer edge(s). You can also other molding to your stairs where the risers meet the tread.