There are few trends that translate successfully across various design styles. Barn door hardware might be the exception to the rule.
Created from freshly milled Wisconsin white pine, the aesthetics of this product provides the true look and feel of reclaimed barnwood, including "cow-rubbed" edges, with all the advantages of milled lumber.
Cable railing began as a solution for exterior deck and stair systems in situations where an uninterrupted view of the landscape was important. Rather than looking between balusters to see the lake, forest or the backyard, the cables all but disappear. Today we see this system being adapted for interior stair systems. The overall look […]
In a previous blog we talked about the elements and principles of good design. This morning, while flipping through photos we’ve taken of finished projects, I stopped on this image. It’s a beautiful space and a gorgeous photo. Like all good design, if we spend just a few minutes thinking about those basic elements and […]
Even a ten minute run-through of architectural history would include a study of the ancient column orders (or styles). What’s the big deal about columns, you ask? They are one of the few, enduring architectural elements utilized in every historical period across the globe since they were established in ancient Greece! There is, quite literally, […]
If you had to guess, what hardware finish would you guess is the most popular? Satin nickel? Brass? While satin and aged brass finishes are making a slow but steady comeback, our three, most-popular-ordered-every-day-of-the-week finishes are: oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel and satin brass; in that order. And you thought I was kidding about brass! […]
Organizing yourself and your family for a successful week likely begins with a good amount of preparation up front. At our house, Prep looks like (this) Mom at the kitchen table with a large, desk-sized monthly calendar; color coded by kid and revised Sunday night, then inputted into the computer. Maybe you have a list […]
Last week’s blog included a drum-roll presentation of our #1 most requested color; Custom! Despite sticking to the facts, many of you didn’t like the answer. “Custom isn’t a color!” To satisfy our readers, we tabulated the numbers again but this time limited them to the paint and stain categories we offer within our color […]
We had the great pleasure of welcoming Dean Johnson from the PBS television program, “Hometime,” to our plant last month. It was fun to introduce he and Miriam to our Bayer Built family and walk them through both our prefinish and production facilities. Dean started Hometime in the early 80’s when Bayer Built was just […]
The following picture shows our three-panel interior doors in warm palettes. The color on the walls, the color of the prefinish stain and other finishes in the room are all from the warm end of the color spectrum.
In the Midwest, we are nuts about daylight; literally. Without it we establish something un-affectionately referred to as “cabin fever.” Talking to ourselves, becoming short with each other, sleeping for 14 hours because it’s dark at 5pm…these are the maladies of winter; some would say, “a gentle form of torture.” In just a few weeks, […]
The holidays are approaching and throughout the United States, uncles will be cracking corny jokes and mothers will be crowding the kitchen. Families will gather, friends will congregate and inevitably, memories will be recounted over a glass of wine or at the dinner table. We have a fancy word for this sentimentality for the past; […]
Painted cabinets and millwork is not a new trend. It gained popularity during the recession because of its very attractive price point. Plus, there are few things more enjoyable than a clean, bright, spanking-new kitchen in the whitest of whites! And while trends do come and go, paint is sticking around…at least a little while […]
Designing, selecting and constructing staircases is an overwhelming task. Each one is unique. There are many parts which have to be selected and all those parts can be any number of different finishes. How to start? Begin with the first step (which is not really a step at all) but a railing… 1. Would you […]
No matter where I am now, I notice millwork. Aside from the overall quality of light and the design concept for any given space, my eye goes directly to the doors and trim. Surprising? Maybe. I mean, there would appear to be very few changes in the world of doors and millwork. While it is […]
91% of ALL purchases in the home building industry are made by women, not just decisions but actual purchases. What does your lumberyard showroom look like? According to Forbes magazine, we have 7 seconds to make a first impression and 90% of what we say is non-verbal! Chances are good that before your customer is […]
This was going to be an article about the vibrant colors of summer and painted front doors. But today I helped a friend make a decision about a new piece of artwork over the lunch hour. She had arranged to see a piece by local artist, Michael Schmidt and needed help deciding which one to […]
Coco Chanel, one of the most influential designers of the 20th century said, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” With eyes closed, what comes to mind when you hear the words, “stained millwork.” Open your eyes and try to describe what you saw first. Was it a big, old Victorian house […]
How do we keep that sky both blue and clean? What is environmental stewardship and why do we care? Just about everything we do as humans contributes something positive or negative to our environment. Earth is habitable because of two cycles within our ecosystem; the carbon and hydro cycles. Within this process the earth recycles […]
The 80’s are back, have you heard? It’s been said that John Hughes films only get better with time and chances are very good that half of the homes in your neighborhood contain a Rubik’s cube; even if it is at the bottom of a box in the attic. Hopefully, we can get our 80’s […]
Barn doors are a trend that is sweeping the nation while offering many style options as well as outstanding functionality.
At some point in the history of the world, a tree became something more than just one part of a forest. It was collected or knocked down and used as a tipi pole; a bent frame for a wigwam; a stick frame for a farmhouse. Did you know the oldest wood saw known to man […]
In case you needed one more decision to make in the course of your non-stop, 21st century, life… did you know there is more than one style of interior door that would look great in your home? Interior doors are made up of at least two stiles and two rails, with a number of panels, […]
Your showroom is your first impression. How your store front and showroom looks speaks volumes to your customers. An inviting store front and showroom affects customer’s perception of your products, staff, prices, service and attention to detail.
Our goal is to provide you with the best quality prefinished millwork in a timely manner while also being stewards of the environment we all share.
With 35 stain colors and glazes, 43 stock paint colors, 6 distressing options and the ability to custom blend any color, we have the perfect finish available for your home!
Because staircases are so often centrally located in our homes, they are a natural place to focus on detailing. With a wide variety of newel posts, spindles and handrails, it’s easy to come up with a look that is unique to your home and that carries the architectural details from the exterior of your home into the interior.
There are several stair part terms that make me smile. Not because I love them, but because I can imagine a homeowner’s expression when faced with the challenge of selecting a stair system. Newels, volutes, gooseneck fittings, over the post…what the what? Where to start? These industry terms are second nature to seasoned installers and most builders, but to a homeowner stair parts can be very intimidating.
What makes your house unique? Can you add new life to your rooms with mouldings? Mouldings such as base, casing, crown, and more can add style and individuality to your home.
Today’s topic is regarding door and window toppers for the interior of any home. Toppers are a build-up of moulding components used above doors and windows which can significantly and economically improve the overall appearance of the interior millwork in a home.
Now that you’ve seen examples of traditional mouldings, it’s time to compare and contrast with a more contemporary look. If your style falls somewhere in between, that’s o.k. too. There are many options to suit varying design concepts.
Last week we talked about the various parts and pieces called mouldings. This week we’re going to look more closely at the profile or cut of each of those pieces to determine what style home they’d look best within. To illustrate the detail we’re going to compare two drastically different rooms and the mouldings that have been used to provide such different effects.
Mouldings add character and individuality to your room. Used to add décor, soften, and enhance floor to wall or wall to ceiling breaks, or cover window and door seams, mouldings add the perfect finishing touch.
Who is your favorite character from a recent book or movie? Think about them. What made them so memorable or interesting? Was it the fact that they looked and acted like everyone else? Or was is that they were specific and deliberate about everything they said or did?
At the end of any organizing job, the last step is to close it up. You might close the lid, or the drawer or a pair of solid, wood doors. And with that final step your eyes no longer see clutter. Better yet, your brain doesn’t think mess. Because behind those doors is an organized haven. You can relax and move on to more enjoyable tasks. Your room has a fresh, new feel to it and you might feel compelled to repeat the process in another space.
The first step in a closet reorganization is to empty out your over-stuffed, over-worked, outdated closet and figure out what kind of space you have to work with.
When you think about the items that make your home distinct, what do you think of? What gives your home style? Doors, staircases, paint colors, furniture and décor may come to mind, but one of the most impactful aspects of a home’s style is its mouldings.
How many doors are in your house? Which of them lock and which do not? Do they have pivot, ball bearing or pin hinges? Seldom do we think about the hardware in our homes, life is too busy to notice unless a handle is loose or not working. And yet, hardware helps us to secure our homes and pass from one room to the next.
Most people spend, on average, an hour a day looking for misplaced items. That means we lose 15 days a year to disorganization. But you can save yourself some of that time, by organizing your life – starting with your closets, pantry, garage, and other storage areas. Here are 7 must haves to get you started.
Bayer Built Woodworks has grown successfully over the years by listening and reacting to the needs of our customers and consumers. Our initial offering of interior pre-hung doors and mouldings has expanded over the years to include so much more. Here is just a little peak into what Bayer Built can do for you.