Using Kitchen Cabinets To Fill Niche Locations

By Robert Robillard

Working with dead floor space! Old Yankees and the Shakers had something in common.  They always made the most of available space. Recently a client asked me to look at her kitchen.  She had a 14″ recess in her wall off her kitchen and wanted me to build custom cabinets so she could use the…

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Installing Crown Molding

By Robert Robillard

Crown Molding Basics   Crown molding is a decorative trim piece the sits on an angle, and is used to cover transitions between surfaces for decoration. It is installed where the walls and the ceilings meet. They can either be plain or sprung. It is typically made from solid milled wood or plaster but may…

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Crown Molding Cost

By Robert Robillard

How Much Does Crown Molding Cost? Several people have recently emailed me asking how much does crown molding cost to install in a room.  In fact I get this question the most. Value of Crown Molding Crown molding, is one of most important architectural elements used to define interior spaces. Most of today’s interior designers…

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Custom Cabinet Door

By Robert Robillard

Installing A Custom Cabinet Door In A Bathroom Niche Last week we made the a custom cabinet door and face frame surround for this bathroom closet niche.  Today was installation day. Photo Below:  Scribing the face frame around tile and to uneven walls. Raised panel doors; Shorter lower door and taller upper door. Using a…

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Fireplace Mantle Retrofit

By Robert Robillard

Buying A Fireplace Mantle We are in working in Winchester, Mass this month adding some nice finishing touches to a high end retirement condo before the owner moves in. The old mantel above was 6′ high. Besides being to large for the room and not to the new owners taste, it was also too high…

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Hardwood Floor Border and Feature Strip

By Robert Robillard

Installing a Hardwood Flooring Border and Feature Strip: Hardwoods floors offer an unrivaled sense of quality that never ceases to get stale or fade with home building or decorating trends. Hardwood flooring has many species and finishes ranging from the more traditional classics such as, oak and ash to modern or contemporary styles like maple…

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Installing Chair Rail Trim Question

By Robert Robillard

Chair Rail Molding Installation: Dear Concord Carpenter, I have a question on installing chair rail trim. We have a formal dining room that I would like to install chair rail trim to the walls.  I’ve been  looking at molding styles and decided on a two piece, painted,  chair rail.  the top will be a 3/4″ x…

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Installing Trim Around A Plastered Window Well

By Robert Robillard

Simple Window Trim Dresses Up Window Opening: Recently I was asked what I could do to dress up a basement recessed window that had no trim and was all plaster walls by installing trim around a plastered window well.   The designer on the project wanted the window to look like the windows upstairs, which had…

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