Fine detail oriented craftsmanship with all installations by a Master Carpenter
Service Area - Northern Marin to West Sonoma County
Bodega Bay, Cotati, Forestville, Fountaingrove, Glen Ellen, Graton, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Larkfield, Novato, Oakmont, Occidental, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Windsor. Cloverdale to San Rafael.
I use a few basic rules used by carpenters for centuries.
The "golden ratio" is a proportion based on nature used in ancient Greek temple design and later refined by the Romans. During the architectural renaissance those combined design elements became known as the "classical order". A scale using three main divisions; pedistal, column and entablature to define balance.
We still apply that proportion and scale to moldings today.
Golden Ratio - "Phi"
A is to B as B is to C the numeric value 1.618 is called "phi", named for the Greek sculptor Phidias. Leonardo called it the "divine proportion"
Art & Architecture
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo and architects like Michelangelo used proportions from the Vitruvius in their building designs.
Crown molding adds a classic elegance to any room, a timeless detail that completes the trim work much like a capital does for a column. It's the molding that balances out the finished trim work for a room and has one of the largest impacts. When applied crown recieves our most pleasing comments from our customers.
Estimating & Installation: Crown molding can be estimated during a site visit, which varies due to the number of miters, height of walls, style, size and amount of crown. Typically I use pre-primed crown stock then it's final coat is applied after it's installed, nails filled and edge caulked by your painter.
Wainscot eminates warmth and aesthetic balance. Often used for formal rooms like dining, entries and office or for family room spaces like baths. Wall paneling traditionally is used for libraries, and office spaces and can also tie into the cabinetry.
Estimating & Installation: Custom made wainscot inset paneling requires a careful layout, so I'll typically draft a room and do the math off site which can take a few days with an onsite ballpark estimate. For flat panel wainscot, chair rail or applied molding panels I can usually do an on site estimate.
Builder trims can have the tendancy to be under sized or remodels have the historic styles removed. Window casing can be omitted entirely and just have drywall returns. We can help you restore your trimwork to it's former glory and add back the classic window casings.
Estimating & Installation: Trim upgrades and styles can usually be estimated during an onsite visit. The smaller trimwork is removed and the new applied with some minor touch up by your painter. Base can have radius installed for those rounded drywall corners. Classic window casing, stool and aprons can typically apllied over the drywall returns or replaced with wood jamb extensions.
New location doorways with framing or match hinge placement and size on existing. Replace interior doors with pre-hung or retro-fit, add custom jamb widths. Door trim upgrades with entablatures, archways and historic entrance architecture.
Estimating & Installation: Trim upgrades can usually be estimated during an onsite visit. Replacements require the doors ordered and can vary depending on the scope of the project. Pre-hung doors can usually be replaced and upgraded in a day. Custom jambs, entablatures and entrances typically require some shop work.
Like crown molding coffering a ceiling adds a timeless elegance to rooms. In formal spaces like dining or a panelled office the details have been applied for centuries. Tongue & groove is a classic look for porches or in rooms with a historic design.
Estimating & Installation: Most coffers and box beams can be estimated onsite for a "ball park" cost but require a layout to get the exact price. Box beams are built down, the structure is applied to the ceiling joist and trimmed out typically with crown molding. When coffering is taken up the ceiling joists are re-framed with some structural work which can be prohibitive with roof trusses.