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Crown Molding And Other Architectural Details

By: Bidmyreno Admin | Feb 16, 2016


Architectural detailing can transform a home from bland and impressive, standard to custom, average to valuable. These details are the unique design features found in older homes, or the design extras of the newer ones. Architectural detailing can be built in with the original construction of the home, take for example arched entranceways and vaulted ceilings. However, when discussing architectural details as a home improvement they are those being added to an existing space.

Consider how installing crown molding, baseboards and pillars creates style, elegance, and even the illusion of a larger space with higher ceilings. These features and other architectural details are also referred to as millwork when the building materials used are produced from a mill - traditionally a wooden mill that produces wood building materials, however today millwork is also manufactured from high-pressure plastics and composite materials.

Custom or hand-crafted cabinets and fireplace mantels are a part of architectural detailing as well. Finish off your improvement by removing the doors and stair railings that came with your home for more unique designs.

A 3-dimensional border is created in a room with either crown molding that is installed where the wall meets the ceiling, or baseboard which is found where walls meet the floor. Traditional crown molding is wooden with the cheaper option being plastic. The standard crown molding seen in homes is no more than 6 inches thick up and down, white in color and contains a couple of ridges. However there are plenty of other colors and designs available, to the most extravagant gold plated variety. An additional way to draw the eye upwards is to place larger pieces in the four corners of a room, or install it slightly lower than the ceiling to allow for up-lighting. The same standard size goes for baseboards, however  a ¼ wall wooden baseboards makes quite a statement in a dining room. One can either choose to purchase and install themselves or request the help of a professional.

Thereare actuallycompanies out there that solely perform the installation of crown molding. When doing it yourself, keep in mind that the fewer number of pieces installed the better to reduce that joints that may be noticeable, so be sure to measure the circumference of the room before making a purchase. Installing crown molding on the ceiling to look like planks, or in a circular shape to surround a hanging light fixture offer a unique design. Windows are also commonly subject to molding which is called casing.

Refer to for professional contractors that can help you achieve your architectural design desires, as well build custom cabinetry and install new doors and windows for you.