Friday, January 29, 2010

Aesthetics behind the best Finishing touches

The other day I was visiting my friend’s new home. The home was well-planned and roomy but what caught my surprise was the unique styling of doors, windows, stairs and the baseboards. I was stunned by the skill of hand railings. It was then that I realized that the aspect that changes an ordinary home into an extraordinary magnificent modern home is the finishing, largely the Finish Carpentry associated. It is sometimes referred as Trim Carpentry too. True to its name, it’s indeed the last step of the carpentry. It involves sophisticated craftsmanship and eye for absolute detailing that enhances the quotient of perfection in carpentry.

Finish or Trim carpentry covers our interiors and the exteriors, especially all works that are part of every visible carpentry work. This includes artistic doors, wonderful windows and baseboards which cover the gap between the floor and the end of drywall which is known as millwork. The flamboyant newel posts and the stair cases and their handrails, our wonderful mantelpieces, our doors, our bookcases speak in volume of our artistic flavor. These are some of the things where quality of Finish Carpentry is visible.

Finish Carpentry involves crown molding which refers to the decorative strips of wood installed in the meeting point of wall and ceiling. Crown molding serves to conceal the gaps between wall and ceiling and certainly has a say on the look of the room. There are casings, which fills gap between a window or the door and wall. Wainscoting helps to take care of rising damp but is a lengthy and expensive process. This is usually done with tile and vinyl paneling. There are designers who prefer to use contrasting wallpaper or paint to create the effect of wainscoting. Finish Carpentry has specialists who have a broader understanding of how beautifully household things can be placed with the right material, color, size, shape and pattern. For example, a simple change in homes with wide casings, deep baseboards, crown molding can stun you with a luxurious look and feel.

Now that we are aware of the different activities of Finish Carpentry, let us also have a ring side view of the Carpentry tools that are used. The tape measure is an important aid. The level, pencil, the miter box and Spackle are important and so is the saw, which is used for molding materials. Sanding is an important activity, so sandpaper is used. Nail set, finishing nails add strength. Caulk and Caulking gun is useful and so are Paints.

If you are ambitious and a D-I-Y enthusiast, you can attempt some Finish Carpentry but as an advice start on a simple task, say trying on baseboard molding for a small room for practice. If you intend to remodel your house with the help of a specialist, discussing the appropriate styles of moldings and their size helps. Bringing in chair railing molding, fitting a newel post, a banister and spindles certainly refurbishes any home. Finish Carpentry can make your style statement loud and clear. Go for it, make a mark!!

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