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Finish Carpentry

Artistry and Precision for Finish Carpentry

Rough carpentry concerns mainly framing and structural work, so most of it is covered and therefore unseen. It does not need to be balanced, detailed and visually pleasing.

Finish carpentry involves the decorative woodworking in the final stages of your home addition, repair or remodel. It is what gives your rooms their defining character. A good finish carpenter must have a keen eye, an equal sense of symmetry and aesthetics, and an exact understanding of measurements and matching components.

M.K. Brummel excels in finish carpentry including custom trim work and replacing molding and trim. Whether your home is 10 years old or 150, our specialists align door, window and trim styles to perfect the look and feel of your room. As but one example, we performed extensive trim work for a house built in the 1860s, perfectly matching its style.

Depending on what your project requires, we have through our large vendor network access to moldings that match your existing room themes and patterns. We can also duplicate your trim in our professional millwork shops.

For your molding and trim work or repair, we always aim to use hardwoods as opposed to medium-density fiberboard, which you will sometime see in other homes. Such hardwood might include oak, ash, cherry, maple and poplar.

Different types of molding might include:

  • Crown A decorative capping installed at an angle to attach to both ceiling and wall
  • Cornices The top portion of the crown molding, combining to create the trim’s profile
  • Cove Similar to crown molding but with a concave rather than an outward profile
  • Chair rail Protection for walls from damage by chair backs
  • Panel molding Empty frames above chair height or stretching from floor to ceiling
  • Baseboard (also known as skirting) Damage protection for the bottoms of walls; also a gap-concealing connector for the wall and flooring; may include shoe molding at the bottom of the baseboard to hide any irregularities in the line of the floor
  • Wainscot paneling Boards and panels, sometime ornate, that extend a few feet up the wall from the floor; considered a classical technique

Beyond including the right materials for trim work or replacing molding and trim, we design, fit and install with the care and dignity of traditional craftsmanship. We can take your ideas for anything from a coffered ceiling to library-style wall panels and bring them to life.

Contact us at (630) 554-1600 today to discuss finish carpentry that adds style, warmth and appeal to your home. We hope to hear from you soon!

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M.K. Brummel also excels in home repair. If you’re considering fixing up a room instead of adding one, be sure to let us know! We offer you creative, efficient solutions just as we do for finish carpentry.