I’m convinced most homes don’t need to be remodeled in the usual way: floor plans opened/floor plans closed; additions of unnecessary space attached; kitchen cabinets replaced with ones that cost as much as a luxury car. Really, most homeowners are looking for added detail and color.
The only thing I didn’t get to install in this great room and foyer was a really big baseboard. That would have finished the room nicely.
The wall and trim paint is Benjamin Moore. Walls are their Regal product in flat and the moldings are, as always, painted in Satin Impervo with satin finish.
List of New Moldings:
- Interior archway
- Three-piece crown molding buildup with corbel returns on 18′ ceiling
- Subordinate crown molding buildup on upper landing
- Front door surround (not yet posted — subscribe to us via RSS or email to see more)
- Lugged door trim pattern (barely visible on right side of picture)
- Embellished fireplace mantel (I just added some moldings to the existing contractor mantel)
Are you considering a major remodel, either as a DIY project or contracted?
Why not consider a significant molding upgrade instead?
You can install anything on this blog, none of this is very hard. You supply the time and I’ll supply the tutorials.
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I have been reading your website from top to bottom and have gathered tons of inspiration from all your work. I can relate to so many of your posts as I have been meticulously obsessing over every detail of my entire first floor trim remodel from laying out what seems to be hundreds of slight variations of the wainscoting planned for the foyer to installing two different versions of Door Trim-133 on opposing sides of one door so I could live with them for a few days before making a final choice. However, I have a great room issue I can seem to solve. I have a 2-story great room that has 10 windows on one wall (two 5 window segments that are mirrored up the height of wall) and 3 more windows above a stone fireplace on an adjacent wall. So the room has a total of 5 windows at ground level and 8 windows at the second story level. Should all the window casings match? I am planning to install a version of Door Trim-133 on some adjacent doors, so I was thought of repeating this surround on the windows, but thought this surround might look unbalanced or forced on the windows at the second story level. My other issue is that I would like to maintain architectural subordination thought the floor, so I was thinking I should do a simple wide window casing with no entablature to make the window subordinate to the door surrounds and new ornamental fireplace mantel that I plan to install in place of the current stone fireplace surround. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
You described your great room problem really well, so I can visualize the window layout. The solution you suggested I think is the best way to deal with the great room window trim — minimize it by making it subordinate to the ground level door trim. You could do this in two ways:
1. Install full surrounds with entablature on the lowest level windows and simple casing on upper windows. The downside to this is that your door surrounds will share promininece with the windows. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just a matter of what features you want to emphasize.
2. Install simple casing on both low and high windows. This will have the effect of making your door surrounds stand out that much more, but the windows may be less dramatic.
In either case, it sounds like you’re on the right track Chris. Keep us posted on your progress.