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Should You Add Molding?

January 18, 2018 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When I was a kid not too long ago, I remember going over my friend’s house and seeing decorative trim for the first time. I did not grow up with such a luxury, so you can understand my awe. But what purpose does trim or wood molding serve? It can’t be solely for decoration, can it? You’d be surprised to know the history of wood molding and trim. Let’s take a look:

  • Original purpose – Indeed, wood molding and trim was not conceived as a decorative detail, but rather to serve as a protective barrier for walls against chairs and other potentially damaging furniture. Trim added a layer of protection so that furniture would not damage the walls, much like the bumper on your car.
  • Contemporary purpose – Nowadays, trim mainly serves as a decoration, and it is not limited to the bottom three inches of a wall. Trim can be found almost anywhere in a home, including around windows and built-in shelves, on the fireplace mantel, and even where the wall and ceiling meet. There are many styles of trim as well, from a basic wood design to a detailed work of art. The possibilities are endless.

You can trust the team at Asher Nichols & Craftsmen to get the job done right the first time. We pay close attention to detail, and customer satisfaction is our priority. We can help you choose a wood molding design that fits the architectural and interior styles of your home. For all your home improvement needs, questions, and concerns, call Asher Nichols & Craftsmen at (617) 417-0020, or fill out the form on our contact page.

Replacing the Fireplace Mantel

January 4, 2018 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Did you make use of your mantel this holiday season, either to hang Christmas stockings or prominently display a menorah or other candelabrum? If so, you probably make use of your mantel, and fireplace for that matter, year ‘round, so you care about how it looks and if it still matches with the style of your home. If your mantel is looking a little worse for wear or dated, consider hiring the team at Asher Nichols & Craftsmen to remodel or replace it, depending. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why you might want to consider touching up your mantel:

  • Recent paint job – Assuming that your fireplace is in the living room, or equivalent, you may want to touch up your fireplace and mantel if you recently painted or remodeled the room. For aesthetics, it would be best if your mantel matched the color of the walls, which could be as simple as painting using accent colors to match.
  • Loosened/damaged – If your mantel is starting to come apart, it might time to replace it. This damage occurs over time and could be evident in any number of ways, such as a loosened shelf, or a chipped hearth or legs. Consult the team at Asher Nichols to see if a full replacement is necessary, or if the damage can be remedied.
  • A fresh, new look – Maybe you just want a new fireplace and accompanying mantel. The team at Asher Nichols & Craftsmen can give you design ideas to get started and we will see the whole project through from start to finish.

Whatever reason you decide for remodeling or replacing the fireplace and mantel, Asher Nichols & Craftsmen is here to help. Our team at Asher Nichols can use to give you the perfect finished product you’ve been dreaming of. For all your home improvement needs, questions, and concerns, call Asher Nichols & Craftsmen at (617) 417-0020, or fill out the form on our contact page.