Finish carpentry is one of the final and most satisfying steps of a kitchen or bath remodel. After the framing, wiring, plumbing, drywall work and painting have ended, finish carpentry adds the extra touches that make a project look more complete. It transforms a remodeling project from a work in progress to “Wow, this looks fantastic!”
When you’re working on a remodel, finish carpentry might seem like a small job compared to the heavy work that comes ahead of it. But well-executed carpentry details can be the difference between a beautiful space and a so-so-looking interior. Finish carpentry can add style and functionality, and even evoke luxury, as well as tie together the different elements of a space to achieve a more cohesive look.
Plus, finish carpentry can also increase a home’s resale value. Your customers are sure to appreciate this added benefit.
Doing finish carpentry well requires skill and craftsmanship… and, of course, myriad woodworking tools. A number of things are needed for properly measuring, cutting and installing wood details. Measurement tools can include a tape measure, a speed square, a protractor, mechanical carpenter’s pencils, and a laser measure. Electric tool options include portable table saws, miter saws, jig saws, coping saws, planers, routers, belt sanders, drills and nail guns. Smaller hand tools may include a short handsaw for trimming moldings by hand, as well as chisels, gouges, planes, squares, hammers, hand-sanding blocks, wood putty and other items.
You’ll need to own a lot of these tools if you intend to perform finish carpentry work yourself. Or you may choose to assign that task to a carpentry-skilled employee or a trusted, subcontracted finish carpenter.
But way before the actual work begins, you’ll want to measure and plan the space to be remodeled. That’s when another type of tool comes in handy: a floor plan app preloaded on your mobile phone or tablet. A good app will allow you to create a floor-plan sketch in a matter of minutes, instead of drawing one slowly by hand. And it will let you add specific notes about the finish carpentry you envision.
Now that we’ve covered the “why” and “how” of finish carpentry, let’s look at five ways you can use it to enhance kitchen and bath remodels.
Attract eyes upward with special effects, such as:
In the kitchen, you could feature:
In the bathroom, you might install:
You can choose to cover an entire wall with wood. Or you can apply it more sparingly to create accents around a room. Consider multiple ideas until you land on the perfect look:
Use a combination of ready-made millwork and your own custom creations to create a one-of-a-kind look.
Although a lot of finish carpentry is all about aesthetics, some of it is purely practical. Homeowners have stuff they need to store, and you can help make that possible.
Finish carpentry can do wonders to bring luxury, charm and eye appeal into a kitchen or bath remodel. So, explore what all you can do to enhance your future projects!
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