The ceiling moldings in this room leave an indelible impression.
The heaviness of the trim reminds one of Gothic architecture, which subtracted shapes from a form to achieve its effect.When to use trim:
When your rooms do not already have trim, or if the existing trim does not coordinate with the true architecture of your house.Find your home’s style Who to hire:
Lots of people are very handy with saws and woodworking, so you may be one of the lucky ones who can do this work yourself.
There are scads of how-tos on the Internet, so finding help can be rather easy.
This is also a great job for your favorite handyperson, and the labor is likely affordable.
For jobs with lots of detail, paneling and casework, you’ll want to find a carpenter or contractor who has lots of experience with this type of work.
Understanding classical architecture and properly executing the installation is an art form unto itself.Cost:
This is a matter of linear footage.
Synthetic trims or moldings can cost less than a dollar per linear foot.
Or you might prefer milled hardwoods that can be stained, which can cost several hundred dollars for lengths of several feet.
If you were to trim a small bedroom with crown molding and a more substantial baseboard, you could probably do the project for less than $500.
Large rooms with custom casework will creep into the thousands of dollars, depending on the wood species and detail.
Typical project length:
The complexity of the project should be taken into consideration, of course.
For small rooms, trim could probably be installed in a weekend.
A handyperson might take a week to do a large room that has simpler details.
If you have wainscoting or paneling and have a very detailed space, the project could take a contractor a few weeks to complete.Permit:
It’s unlikely that you’ll need permits for this type of project.
It’s similar to painting, in that it is finish work.
If you are making electrical or plumbing changes, then you may need a permit. Best time to do this project:
Any time of year, but it would be wise to avoid construction during holidays or any other time you might have guests or need the house neat and clean.
Expect minor disruptions and dust. First step:
Study the architecture of your house
and what types of trim are appropriate for its style.
The wrong trim is not unlike white pants after Labor Day: It might look silly.