Proudly offering Metrie solid wood trim products!

 

We care too much about our customers to sell them the same old MDF trim every other company uses. When it gets wet, it swells and falls apart. Its sharp definition starts to wear down as soon as it’s installed. A family home full of activity will put dents and dings in a fiberboard product in no time, and refinishing isn’t really an option! With wooden trim, lines are sharper, giving definition and style to your living spaces. And if it ever starts to look tired and dull, a quick sand and paint brings it right back to its former glory.

We are proud to offer a wide variety of trim profiles ranging from American classics to bold ornate bombshells that will give your room personality and panache! Check out current profiles we can order:

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Updating your Denver Victorian Kitchen for Modern Convenience

In a town like Denver, historic buildings with classic architecture can be hard to come by. First of all, Denver is a young city, founded in 1858 as a gold mining base camp. Nature has played a part as well. Living in the high desert, there’s the constant risk of wildfires. A fire in 1863 claimed many of the city’s early wooden structures, prompting the expansion of its 1-year-old volunteer fire department and the passing of laws requiring buildings be made from brick and stone rather than wood to prevent this happening again. Then came the floods! The city is built around the confluence of two rivers and little thought at the time was given to establishing a flood plain or creating dams and storm drainage infrastructure. A series of floods over the next 100 years caused substantial damage to historic structures. Economic prosperity finally took hold in the 1870’s – 1890’s with a more diversified industrial base and a growing population. Most of the earliest structures we see around Denver are from this era. Long story long, we have so few historic structures here that we have to cherish the ones we have!

We had the opportunity to install the cabinetry for this updated kitchen in this classic City Park neighborhood Victorian this month. The cabinetry was supplied by Crown Cabinets of Salt Lake City, UT. The quality on these mid-range cabinets was impressive. They’re my current choice for mid-range remodels that value a traditional aesthetic. The doors are shaker-style faces are stately and classic, but simple enough to fit modern tastes. We used every trick in the book mounting to the exposed brick walls, but managed to get a solid connection. All side fasteners are hidden behind the door hinges. All primary mounting fasteners are high-quality washer head #10 cabinet screws rated for hundreds of pounds each. This Denver beauty should be a head-turner for decades to come.

 

Tech tools we use to increase efficiency

The business of remodeling and general finish carpentry has historically be slow to adopt innovation. By using new technologies to augment our workflow, hopefully we can create better customer service experiences. Here are a few of the tools we use to work toward that goal.

Apps / Software

We use this for much of our planning and bidding process. Sketchup can create complex 3d models that help our clients see the finished product before they’ve agreed to a proposal. We also use it for making cut lists, estimating materials, and troubleshooting construction. We can even create as-built drawings of structures before we begin work. For our workflow, this is faster than Autocad.

Dimensioned view of the bench / ice chest
Dimensioned view of a bench we built made with SketchUp

We are able to accept all major credit cards and PayPal using Square with a tablet or cell phone

This app puts you in control. We publish a schedule when we’re available and you schedule your appointment at your convenience. Both parties receive update messages and can make changes.

Using these tools, we are able to achieve unrivaled accuracy in our cabinet installations. Our tolerances can be has tight as ± 1/8″ over 6′ or up to ±1/4-in @ 100-ft

Apps for mobile phones and tablets

 

Ten Tips for Designing Your Dream Kitchen

I often see kitchen designs where the movement and hardware of doors and drawers were not taken into account. Check these problem areas to make sure your cabinets will function like they’re supposed to.

1. Make sure your upper cabinets will clear the ceiling light fixture

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This ceiling fan helped keep things cool by the stove, but it prevented the upper cabinets from fully opening. Luckily, the homeowner already had a replacement in mind.

The solution? Recessed can lights are a great way to fix these situations and they can often be mounted in the same hole as the existing fixture without any messy drywall patching.

2. When turning a corner, drawers and doors need clearance!

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Doh! Cabinet doors have to clear not only adjacent doors but the door hardware!

I always allow for 3″ in corners to avoid this exact scenario. Make sure to plan for it as you layout the room. If you’re in a pickle and your cabinets are already in, there are some low-profile pulls that could help solve the problem.

Oven doors and dishwashers in corners often pose problems for adjacent cabinet pulls. I have had to shorten drawers for clients who couldn’t open them after installing a new appliance! Apron sinks or “farm sinks” come with their own clearance requirements. Plan ahead!

3. Watch out for hinge clearance on refrigerators

Here, the problem was discovered after the fact and this was the only solution: swapping 3 cabinets and an asymmetrical filler.
Here, the problem was discovered after the fact and for a number of reasons this was the only practical solution: swapping 3 cabinets and an asymmetrical filler.

There are many fancy new models of refrigerators on the market that look fantastic, but are not designed with zero clearance hinges. When these are put in place of a traditional appliance, there’s often not clearance for the door to open! Allow clearance for both the door swing and the hardware. I leave 3″ minimum when possible. This is especially common with new countertop depth, french door refrigerators.

4. Adequate venting for vent hood or microwave hood combo

There are recirculating options for venting, but nothing is quite as effective as a true vent stack in reducing smoke and grease in a well-used kitchen. There are many venting options, but often the cheapest is to vent directly out of the side of the house on the same story. If you plan for this, the vent could be hidden either on top of the cabinet or hidden within the cabinets for a cleaner look.

5. Valves and traps are already in place on sink plumbing when it’s cabinet installation time

When the valves are already installed on sink plumbing, your cabinets need to be cut significantly to allow for these services to be connected. You also risk damaging the valves or gathering sediment in the exposed supply lines during your remodel. Ask your plumber to “stub in” your supply lines and drain instead, allowing you to cleanly install plumbing fixtures with minimal damage to your brand-new cabinets. Here’s what not to do:

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Not only is this an eyesore, but it could pose a number of problems!
The plumbing was stubbed in properly here, allowing me to make the inside of the cabinet look as nice as the outside.
The plumbing was stubbed in properly here, allowing me to make the inside of the cabinet look as nice as the outside.

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6. Make use of dead corners!

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In a row of kitchen cabinets that turn a corner, at each turn there is the potential to waste space, commonly referred to as a dead corner. By using “lazy susan” fixtures you can reclaim some of that dead space and make it useful. Sometimes, facing the cabinet backwards into an adjoining room can even be a solution. Once, I installed a backwards corner cabinet that the client intended to use as a hidden litter box for their cats! Rev-a-shelf offers an amazing assortment of cabinet fixtures to solve this and many other problems.

7. Top cabinet height is set without checking the ceiling and floor for level

You can run into a significant amount of additional expense fixing a wavy floor or ceiling when you’re budgeting for a cabinet install only. Trim carpenters charge a premium for “scribing molding” where they cut away parts of crown molding where it abuts a low point to create a seamless look. Wavy floors can result it abnormal toe-kick appearance or gaps over a long run of toe-kick on top of a sloping floor. Use a laser level to measure points along the run to spot any potential issues while they’re relatively easy to fix!

8. Not allowing clearance for your chosen faucet style

Many faucets are situated in front of windows with casings that may not allow free range of motion for the faucet style to rotate from hot to cold completely. While some can be adjusted, others can not! Pay close attention to your faucet style if you have traditional window casings with a stool and apron detail.

source: duoventures.blogspot
source: duoventures.blogspot

9. Covering floor registers without redirecting

Build a box that redirects the vent toward the toe kick and cut in a vent.
Build a box that redirects the vent toward the toe kick and cut in a vent.

Redirecting HVAC registers can cut down on your heating and cooling bills while keeping your living space more comfortable. Box around floor registers that are being covered and install registers in your toe kick to keep air flow at it’s peak efficiency.

10. Not hiring us to install your cabinets

This is probably the biggest mistake you could make in planning your new kitchen. Luckily, Denver is starting to catch up 😉