Vintage Look/ Budget Cost Staircase

You can achieve a vintage  elements to your home without spending a fortune. Carpentry Severna Park Quality Carpentry Staircase

Most  stairwells are made with basic upgrades and classic elements.  This stair carriage was site built with 2×12 stringers and maple treads.  All of the components were glued and screwed together.  No stair squeaks here and we built this 20 years ago.  The maple handrail, newels and pilaster newels are all custom fabricated and installed.  The ball cap for the newels and the handrail brackets are stock items.  Notice there are no balusters here.  Instead, we used low budget drywall kneewalls, cutting expenses where we could, while still achieving a vintage look

Complete Tear Down and Rebuild

Creating Your Dream Home

Complete Tear-down and Rebuild

When Renovation just isn’t enough

Sometimes you find the perfect spot for your ‘Dream Home’ but unfortunately there is an existing house on the property that does not meet your needs. Here is an example of just such a project.

Dream Home, demolition renovation

This was the 1st step to safely and completely remove the existing cottage to make room for this couple’s ‘Dream Home”

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Here is the demolition from a different angle. Note that every effort is taken to minimize the spread of debris, and that it is immediately removed to the waiting dumpster.

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Here is the new foundation after forms have been removed. The “brick” patterning is from the Stamped form.

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After the framing has been put in place the entire home is Tyvek wrapped as a moisture barrier it also helps seal the home against drafts

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The new home construction framed and Tyvek’d

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Here is the completed project, framing window, siding and foundation details

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Here is the front view of the new “Dream Home” for this Southern MD couple.

Home Additions

Home Additions by Licensed Construction Contractors

Vertex Carpentry is a full service construction contracting company building new homes and home additions from start to finish. Serving the Baltimore Annapolis area for over 25 years we guarantee  our work. home-constructionBuilding a new home or home addition can be scary and exciting at the same time so take comfort in knowing that Vertex carpentry is licensed and insured while also building to code. The value we bring to your renovation or new house will be enjoyed for generations. Contact Vertex Carpentry for a free consultation on your new home addition or new home building.



Choosing Your Millwork Style

Brought to you by Julie Allison, ASP at Harmony Interiors, (410) 302-9879

Harmony Interiors

Julie Allison

I offer affordable decorating services by re-purposing already owned items and adding pieces as necessary.  Good space planning, paint and carpet selection, and inspired finishing touches  are  key  to creating  a well  designed  space.   I also provide clutter  management  services to create an organized and tidy space. Julie Allison, ASP

Millwork is any wood mill-produced, building construction interior finish component such as doors, window casing, banisters, baseboard, fireplace mantel, and crown molding, and the use of these materials is infinite.

The style of the millwork you select says a lot about you or your environment! Let’s take a look at a few examples.

A very tall, ornate baseboard will certainly add a traditional touch to a room, where a shorter one, with minimal detail, may show a more contemporary style.  In a dining room, a chair rail can be added midway up the wall to stop chair backs scraping against paint work, and is often viewed as a traditional element.  These are not just utilitarian and can add great interest to a room by allowing two different wallpapers or paint colors to be used for additional texture or color.  Added lower paneling punctuates this more traditional style.  There is no reason you shouldn’t break the rules and place a chair rail in a contemporary space!  Instead of ornate details on moldings, we can offer options to create a crisp modern feel.  Moldings could, even, “step” to different heights in certain areas of a room and be viewed as artwork in itself, adding a very modern twist!

Crown molding and other ceiling trims adds presence and grandeur to a space and are typically seen in traditional and transitional settings.  With good reason there is a trend, particularly in open planned homes, to use this type of custom millwork as it adds another dimension to large expanses which may otherwise have very little architectural interest.  The larger the space the more important it is to create texture, interest and dimension to minimize what looks like the ballroom effect; a sense of being in a large public building.  Acoustics may also be affected by this type of custom millwork, reducing echoing.  Contact Vertex Carpentry for more acoustic information.

French doors can be enhanced with floor to ceiling details that turn a run-of-the-mill entrance into a grand opening onto a beautiful patio, deck or garden.  In essence a gateway to your private outside world!

The sky’s the limit when using millwork and Vertex Carpentry will work with you to determine style and colors, selecting custom staining finishes to match existing elements, to enhance your space and make it exclusively yours!