As temperatures and humidity levels rise, it is more important then ever to ensure all wood products are properly handled in the field, including acclimation, finishing and installation. Architectural millwork, is indeed, much like fine furniture. If the indoor relative humidity is not controlled on the job site there is a chance that the owner will encounter wood movement throughout the life cycle of the project.
Here are several key factors to take into consideration for the successful installation and finishing of a millwork trim and door package:
When designing or remodeling, the mudroom is a pretty crucial space. It's a catchall for all things coming and going. Thus it has to be extremely useful. However, it doesn't mean that it can't be a beautiful area, one that works hard, but also welcomes you home in comfort and style, Here are ten mudrooms that keep the chaos in check yet incorporate function and charm with trim, doors, cubbies, hooks and more.
Poplar is one of the largest and most valuable hardwood tress in the United States. It's been known to reach heights of nearly 200 feet, with a straight clear trunk of 8 to 10 feet in diameter. One can easily understand why it's extensively cut into lumber for interior trim, veneers, and other high-grade uses because the wood is soft and easy to machine. For that reason, it's commonly argued that poplar really isn't a hardwood after all. However, we'll table the classification of wood species for another discussion.
For all intents and purposes, Poplar:
"Is practically grown in our own backyard. Less transit impact and cost"
"Paints beautifully! Tight grain pattern, no open pores, fewer knots to fill. Virtually no grain raise. Little to no bleed-through. Less callbacks."
"Can be finger jointed for less waste, greater stability and even more usability via greater widths and consistent lengths."
"Consistent grain pattern. Mills and carves well with less wear and tear on cutting tools and machinery."
"Cuts cleanly with little to no grain tear."
"It takes fasteners well. Resists splitting, Little or no "mushrooming" when nailed or screwed."
"Sands well, keeping its edge."
"Joints between pieces of poplar are less likely to loosen over time."
"Depending on the color variation, it may be stained to resemble some darker hardwoods. Some have called it the "Poor Man's Cherry"."
"Poplar is strong and stable and resists warping."
"It takes a licking and is easy to patch and paint, you don't have to replace the entire piece."
"Poplar is in substantial and sustainable supply and ITC Millwork can rapidly acquire it to fulfill your needs."
"Poplar growth is short-turn, the most progressive of trees."
"Poplar trees come from sustainably managed operations. They're not from virgin forests."
"The tree is used in its whole (no unused production waste)."
"Low toxicity as compared to manufactured products such as MDF, particle board, engineered woods, etc."
"Poplar can be recycled and re-purposed."
So, there you have it! In short, when your project calls for paint or stain, there is usually no better choice than Poplar. Please feel free to share your thoughts on "Why poplar?" via the comments below.
It's just not rustic or period material, Shiplap or Nickel Gap Wall Covering is as timeless today in modern architecture as it once was in less formal structures adding dimension and interest to any space.
Author: Michelle Whitmore, Marketing Coordinator
Stylish barn doors either open or closed can be space saving, create rustic appeal, or dramatize a room artistically. The fantastic thing about barn doors is that they can adapt to different styles and can be used in just about any space. Here are twelve inspiring ideas to incorporate a barn door in your home:
1. Room Divider: Create space and separation while keeping things open, but provide a sound barrier as needed.
2. Bedroom: Warm up this space with a barn door that matches design elements like wood beams, flooring, tongue and groove, or the nightstand.
3. Bathroom: This one may sound really odd, but using a barn door in the bathroom can add to the décor and save a ton of space while providing privacy.
4. Closet: Paint your barn door the same color as the walls to draw less attention, or boost the appeal with a bold bright color.
5. Kitchen: Section off various work stations to hide clutter like a prep station.
6. Pantry: A sliding barn door provides super-duper easy to operate access off the kitchen.
7. Home Office or Craft Room: Elegantly feature this space while adding appeal to filing your taxes, or scrapbooking.
8. Laundry Room: Ever overload the washing machine? Dull the noise by adding rustic charm and the ease of a slider.
9. Basement: Consider using a barn door to separate a recreational area, or home theater.
10. The Playroom or Child's Bedroom: Let's face it, barn doors are fun! Kid's find them easy to slide and are less likely to pinch their fingers.
11. To Hide Stuff: Like the TV, a bookcase, a wine cellar, or create a secret passage... enough said.
12. Outside! Where they were intended. Use a pair as a terrace, or deck divider. Yes, ITC Millwork can help you with exterior barn door options as well.
For additional inspiration check out our Pinterest board.
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