I just finished a fun project in north Asheville's historic Grove Park neighborhood: installing new wainscot and chair rail in a home office.
We started out with a blank canvas: the room had nice white trim and French doors, but there was plenty of room for architectural interest.
I started off by installing a chair railing, which is nice in an office or dining room because it protects the wall from nicks and dings caused by the backs of chairs.
The homeowner requested a two-piece railing built up from pre-milled, pre-painted trim.
If you look closely at the right-hand photo, you can also see that I've penciled in the lines for the wainscoting.
Then I installed squares of moulding directly on the wall. Using the existing wall (instead of adding a wooden backing) makes a significant cost savings.
Wow! What a big difference this trim makes! It looks like something you'd see in the White House, and it's perfectly suited to this historic home.
Interestingly, the cost difference to install the two piece chair rail (as opposed to the generic standard) was very minor, and it is much more elegant than the plain piece would have been.
Wainscoting like this could be what sets your home apart from the "plain white box" construction that we see in so many modern houses. If you have a room that needs a little dressing up, get in touch with us. We'll be glad to help.