Custom Millwork Can Make Your Home work for You

Gates-033 “Millwork”, sure it is crown molding and wainscoting. It is also cabinetry, bookshelves, mantles, and mudroom cubbies. Customizing is an opportunity to make your home your very own. With the thoughtful use of custom millwork, you can create customized focal points, handy storage or a specialized work-space that integrates into your environment to make something more special, aesthetic, or functional from your space. Pictured at left is a common issue for today’s flat panel TV. Folks who do not want to make the TV a focal point will love this idea spawned by a Wellesley client’s seemingly conflicting desires: have the TV centrally located in the room and do not have the TV be the central “art piece” dominating the room.

We took careful measurements, reviewed the AV requirements and installed a separate conduit for future wiring.
Then we put the plans in the skilled hands of one of our Lead Carpenters, Steve MacDonald. The result is a convenient location for a TV that is only in sight when it is in use.

Green Innovation & Quality Carpentry

Splendid details meet a dash of green in this spec house located in Wellesley’s Cliff Estates.

When we decided to take on the challenge of revitalizing this 1920’s property, our team wanted to exercise their creative side and incorporate features not found in many spec homes today. Ray decided on the Craftsman style and the team went to work selecting materials that would call to mind an era cherished in architecture, and evoke an appreciation for the skills required of the carpenters who would construct it.

Green remodeling concepts were also integrated. What’s Green? Closed cell foam insulation will increase the insulation value of this home; mostly due to the lack of air fenestration found with common fiberglass. Foam insulation is costly now, but will provide years of added comfort and lowered energy costs. The air filtration is enhanced with the heating and air-conditioning system to reduce allergens and a separate fresh air system was added to further the indoor air quality, especially for those winter months when the home is closed up. On the outside, old-world stucco and generous overhangs reduce exterior maintenance while looking fantastic. In addition, we were able to save a large portion of the original home and avoid sending another four containers of waste to the landfill.

Due to be complete in early 2008, this home will offer 4800 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths and a master suite with marble bath and barrel-vaulted bedroom and dressing room. The kitchen will provide both the space and amenities fit for a professional chef, the consummate host, or anyone just looking to entertain without leaving your guests.

The result of integrating the principals of quality construction and Green remodeling, is the best of old-school practices and forward-looking innovation.  We are all very proud of the project, and anxious to demonstrate how brand new style meets time-honored skill in this whole house remodel.