Balustrades, Mantles, Moldings Installations

Sandy Open Oak Balustrade Remodeling

Sandy Open Oak Balustrade

This stained oak and painted maple open stairs balustrade replaces a bearing wall and railing that was cut back to open the stairway. It really adds light and dresses up the entry that formerly felt like entering a tunnel when opening the front door. The curved oak railing volute and oak stair end caps add traditional touches of craftsmanship to the balustrade and now invites access to the living room. The bearing wall opening is now supported by hidden posts and a built-up beam that spans to the outside wall.

 Woods Cross Oak closed stairs Balustrade Remodeling

Woods Cross Oak balustrade  

This stained oak and painted maple balustrade replaces the original wrought iron railing. The closed stairs treads are adjoined by a short wall right side with oak landing tread and shoe rail to secure the balusters. The full newel post is complemented by a half newel post at the wall top of the stairs. A carpenter is going to use virtually every tool he owns, wishing he had more, just to install a balustrade.


Canyon Rim Living Room Cherry Fireplace Mantle Remodeling


Canyon Rim Living Room Cherry Fireplace Mantle


This fireplace mantle is made of cherry wood, designed and installed by the Contractor for his Salt Lake City home. It includes crown molding, dentil molding, and fluted pilasters. The flanking TV/stereo and bookcase cabinets are contrasting maple, made by Cabinet World. The TV sits on a swivel stand to be seen from living room or open kitchen. The positive pressure gas insert fireplace brings fresh air in from the outside, heats it, and forces it out through the many cracks in the older home that would otherwise let cold drafts in. Fireplace insert installed by Alpine Gas Fireplaces. 16"x16” Durango gold travertine stone is used for the raised hearth and surround.


 Millcreek Family Room Fireplace Oak Mantle and Cabinets Remodeling 

Millcreek Family Room Fireplace Oak Mantle and Cabinets


 This lower level family room has been made much more inviting by remodeling the fireplace wall. The old wood burning fireplace and fieldstone mantle have been replaced. A new Vermont Castings gas insert fireplace was installed by Alpine Gas Fireplaces after the Contractor firred out, insulated, and sheetrocked the cinderblock foundation wall. The custom oak mantle, entertainment cabinet, and bookshelves made by Cabinet World, installed by the Contractor, make use of the area much more efficient and add apparent space. The Contractor tiled the fireplace surround and hearth using tile from Contempo Tile. Ten recessed ceiling lights were added to brighten the room and lift spirits. Now the family enjoys using their oak billiards table much more in the new comfort of light and warmth.



West Valley Timber Framing Gazebo


WestValley Timber Framing Gazebo


Here’s a backyard timber framed gazebo ready for the next barbeque party. This project was a test of “finish framing” skills in knowledge of building a hip roof and in precision cutting and assembly of the heavy timbers. The posts are 6x6 and the beams are 4x10 rough sawn douglas fir. The roof sheathing is 1x6 T&G cedar. All materials supplied by Sunroc Building Materials. No jumping onto the trampoline allowed! The proud homeowner and his friend were of invaluable assistance to me in lifting and placing the heavy timbers. We all take pride in the results.



West Valley Timber Framing Gazebo detail


West Valley Timber Framing Gazebo detail


 The timber framing and sturdy Simpson plate steel angle connector brackets are visible here. Use of a pneumatic ratchet gun came in very handy for this job to drive all the countless lag bolts. The douglas fir timbers are rough sawn, and the handsome wood grain is readily apparent. This closeup also shows the beautiful underside of the rough sawn 1x6 cedar T&G roof sheathing.


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