Modifying Craftsman Style Trim in Boonton NJ

Modifying Craftsman Style Trim

Scope of Work: Interior Trim Modification
Town: Boonton, NJ
Timing: 2 days

The new owners of this Boonton, NJ home loved its Craftsman-style trim and special features.  However, they also desired a more contemporary open floor plan that would allow for their young family to move freely throughout the first floor. To compromise, they asked us to modify the trim and interior door separating the living room and dining room. Through a little clever carpentry work, we were able to retain the character or the original 80-year-old trim, while improving the flow between the two rooms.

Modifying Craftsman Style Trim

Door and trim separating the living and dining rooms
Door and trim separating the living and dining rooms
After Opening Up the Doors
After Opening Up the Doors
Refinished Living and Dining Rooms
Refinished Living and Dining Rooms

The first step for this project was to come up with a plan for how to modify the interior door and passageway. The goal was to create as much openness as possible while retaining the integrity of the existing structure.

It was decided that we would remove the interior door completely. Additionally, the door frame was removed. The wooden panel between the door frame and the posts was also carefully removed. Finally, the panels in the upper portion of the structure were cut out. This provided for “windows” to pass light through the adjoining rooms. It also helped with keeping a visual on the young children in the home.

Pieces of trim were matched and added to provide a uniform appearance around the upper posts and outside edges of the newly opened trim.

Now, this first floor has great flow between the living rooms, all while retaining the character that attracted the owners to this home in the first place.

More Carpentry Projects

In addition to modifying existing trim, Monk’s carpenters can install brand new trim as well. From crown molding and wainscoting to full fireplace surrounds, our carpenters can add detail and interest to your home.

If you’d like a free estimate for an interior carpentry project, then please give Monk’s a call at 973-635-7900. Schedule your free estimate today!

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