Nowhere is the commitment to elegant living through quality materials more apparent than the selection of cabinets and millwork. Representing a significant percentage of the overall cost of a new or renovated home, sophisticated homeowners use this opportunity to declare their dedication to top quality. Architectural millwork, made to order according to a set of architectural drawings, is becoming an increasingly popular luxury upgrade. Such detailing creates a richly nostalgic atmosphere that reminds homeowners of the comfort and security of a grandparents’ home or the elegance of club they’ve been in. Elegant libraries, dens or sitting rooms dressed with fashionable raised panel cabinetry and special moldings are often included in the plans for new homes and remodeling projects. As a homeowner considering how and where to install millwork, ask yourself questions like these: How is the room used? Will a study be used for work or for solitude? Entertaining or a second office? Will it have to function as both as both a working office or an elegant room? How are the cabinets and shelves used? Books, collectibles, audio-video equipment, computer, fax or copy machines? What look do you want? You may want to consider “dressing” your rooms in different woods. You may like the rich look and feel of cherry paneling in your library, mahogany in the foyer, oak in a guest room and plaster in a dining room. Will the interior millwork choices work with the exterior architecture? A colonial home reminiscent of Mount Vernon should be filled with authentic details, like “dog ear” corners, that create classic luxury. Using millwork inside a modern home can add interest and warmth to one or many rooms.
Take Time to Make a Statement
Handcrafted high-quality woodwork cannot be rushed. Millwork specialists encourage clients to contact them as early as possible with a clear idea of what kind of architectural statement they wish to make. The earlier you plan these details, the more options you’ll have. Wainscoting with raised panels has to be coordinated with electrical outlets, window and door openings; beamed ceilings with light fixtures, and crown moldings with heating vents. Hold a preliminary meeting before construction begins while it’s early enough to incorporate innovative or special requirements into your plans. The more time you can devote to design at least (two to three weeks is recommended), the better your result will be. You’re creating a custom millwork package that’s never been designed for anyone before. Investments made on the front end are the most valuable. Ask about design fees, timelines and costs per revision. Keep your builder up to date on all of your millwork plans. Keep your builder up to date on all of your millwork plans. Drawings can be as detailed as you require. If you want to see the intricacies of a radius molding before you contract for it, let the millwork specialist know your requirements. Ask to see wood samples, with and without stain or paint.