Poly Classic Columns

By Robert Robillard

Photo: Concord Carpenter. Used poly classic columns. Fiberglass-Reinforced Polymer Columns In the world of residential and commercial remodeling I repair and replace a lot of columns and have recently been leaning ion using Poly Classic columns.  [See:  How To Replace A Porch Column] Decorative house columns have returned to popularity not only for traditional homes…

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Home Design Trends

By Robert Robillard

photo: concord carpenter Home Construction and Remodeling Trends These past five years have shown certain home design trends.  Consumers desire for less maintenance and more specific use of space. The following are a few of these trends : Increased ceiling heights: Increased heights to 8 or 9 feet on the main floor, and a shift…

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Building a Wine Cellar

By Robert Robillard

Building a Wine Cellar in a Basement I built this wine cellar before I started this website, back then, I did not have a need to take pictures of the framing and preparation process that it took to get to this finished project.  Building a wine cellar was a fun and challenging project, read more….…

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Custom Bookcases

By Robert Robillard

Custom Raised Panel Bookcase Adding custom bookcases to a room can be part of the original room construction finish carpentry plan or done later as a remodel or add on.  Not only do custom bookcases look great and add a focal point to a room they can also optimize your space. Custom Bookcase Design Many…

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Deck Privacy Screen

By Robert Robillard

How to Build A Cedar Privacy Screen The Privacy Screen for this deck installation went well and the client was pleased with the finished product. BEFORE PHOTO AFTER PHOTO Installing The Deck Privacy Screen We build our privacy panels in the shop and transported them to the jobsite.  See how we made these panels. To…

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Fireplace Mantles and Bookcases

By Robert Robillard

Image: Concord Lumbers “on the level.” Diagram using Forester Moulding’s Custom Series – Fairhaven Mantel Designing Built In Bookcases A fireplace is the focal point of any room.  If you are looking for a great way to dress up the look your room, consider having bookcases and a custom mantle installed. In the finish carpentry…

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Built-In Desks and Spaces

By Robert Robillard

Built-In Desks, Niches and Spaces Built-ins transform dead space in your house into functional spaces and help you get organized by adding new storage options without adding onto your home. Well designed built-ins should tie in with other architectural elements in your house, such as crown molding, trim and wainscoting. Homework Alcove This homework station…

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How To Create Three Piece Cornice Molding

By Robert Robillard

Image: worthingtonmillwork.com Achieve A Beautiful Finish with 3-Piece Cornice Moldings Many years ago I installed a 3 piece molding with another carpenter at 300 Main Street. It was a lot of fun!! Lately I have seen more and more folks opting for this look.  It typically demands a high ceiling but the finished result is…

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