Using Large Head Casing

By Robert Robillard

Using Large Head Casing for Windows and Doors My wife decided to convert our parlor into an office. My job today was to remove the old Rosettes and top casings  [photo below] on all the doorways and windows and to replace them with trim that matches the stain glass window [ two photos down] The…

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Custom Bookcase

By Robert Robillard

Built – In Bookcase During a recent renovation we were asked if we could build a custom bookcase to encompass two windows. The customer wanted three bookcases with lower base cabinets on wither side and between the windows and wanted them connected by window seats under the windows. The Design: After looking through many magazines…

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Building A Pool House

By Robert Robillard

                  Pool House We were asked to build a pool house to hide the pool pump, pool heater and other related piping. The client asked us to build an addition on the side of an existing shed to house all of this pool equipment. Foundation: Part of…

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Elliptical Arch

By Robert Robillard

Installing A Plaster Arch Awhile back I made this elliptical archway to separate and  distinguish a t.v. room from a hallway.             Image: the archcompany-com What Is an Elliptical Arch? An ELLIPSE can be defined as the locus of points, the sum of whose distance from two fixed points is…

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Restoring Old Hardware

By Robert Robillard

Restoring Old Hardware can yield beautiful results! Despite the rich detail often found on older hardware, it can loose its luster over the years. Sometimes metal hardware like knobs, escutcheon plates, handles window sash locks and hinges fall prey to messy painters, tenants and homeowners. These people do not want to take the time to…

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Masonry Arch

By Robert Robillard

Arch Structures I love architecture and I love arches. Masonry arch structures are curved architectural details that span an opening and support loads  above it.  today we see arches employed in high end construction, tunnels,  bridges and of course old buildings. A Long history The masonry Arch appeared as early as the 2nd millennium BC…

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Copper Window Roofs

By Robert Robillard

  Built Out Windows Receive Copper Roofs The picture above shows asphalt roofing on built out window.  We decided to dress up this look a bit by adding copper to the roof. Copper is a high quality material and can add beauty to you home.  When installed correctly a copper roof will last a lifetime…

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Remodeling Trends

By Robert Robillard

Remodeling Trends- What America Wants Over the past few years, Americans have been surveyed to describe what is important to them when remodeling. Home improvement  projects point to specific remodeling trends. Specifically, people want indoor/outdoor livability, technological innovations, flexibility (design should easily adapt to changing family needs), and a kitchen-centric focus. The American Institute of…

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