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inspired woodwork · Since 2004


D e s i g n  ·  B u i l d


/  Architectural millwork in the stunning interior  /


Paul Janus Building Arts views architectural woodwork as means to a greater end.  Expert craft in this context is not alone in millwork’s guarantee of success.  Instead, it is design, through scale, rhythm, color, and lighting, that catalyzes ‘well-made’ into the splendid interior.

  




DESIGN + BUILD PROJECT ST
UDY: 
North Stamford, CT

Project Overview  —  A home beginning to show the inevitable wear of a large and busy family
Project Site  —  Great room/ Dining room/ adjoining Foyer and Staircase
Project  —  Client pined for a fresh start and an interior that could get in front of this growing family’s lifestyle

Project design notes:

√    Architectural character beckoned, though my first impression  was that these spaces were dim.  While two oversized windows masked this point, I could see they had a northerly/ always indirect exposure.  This trouble was exacerbated by an extended porch overhang on the facade and the issue was finished by the heavily-wooded site of tall oaks.  The interior was dim, and no amount of new paint, drapes and trimwork was going to change that.

√    I recalled arriving for the meeting and noticing dormers above the space — I asked to see the attic space above these rooms.  Sure enough, the attic was awash in light!!  These high windows above the porch truly allowed the sky’s light in. 

√    The idea was clear: open the spaces below to the attic and dormers above.   It’s important to note my common issue with skylights is they regularly have the opposite trouble of too much light that tracks all day, fades furnishings, and commandeers the space’s mood with what’s happening outside.  Protecting against this can be seen in all means manufacturers devise to shield so much light, except for north-facing skylights, which avoid direct sun altogether.

√    We discussed use of the rooms for traffic flow, lighting, and color.  Drawings were developed and presented to show a floor plan and millwork design that satisfied these goals

√    Solution  —  The finished space presents two vaulted clerestories that bring dynamic height and abundant natural light across the interior — these changes were employed and folded in with balance through architectural millwork.   

(Some years later, Architectural Digest wrote an article on the use of clerestory windows)

inspired woodwork · Since 2004


M i l l w o r k   D e s i g n


/   Unmatched grace and reach in a millwork statement   /


Paul Janus Building Arts consults on integrating millwork planning into early-phase construction.  This attention to detail has myriad ways to realize potential in a millwork statement:

√     Folding a new addition into the greater structure

√     Locating precise locations for lighting, switching and vent ducts

√     Specifying size and location for windows, room entries and structural supports

√     Preparing staircase layout and placement for detailing

 



 
MILLWORK PLANNING PROJECT STUDY
Cold Spring, NY

Project Overview  —  Millwork planning for new construction in preparation for design and build.
Project Site  —  Multiple rooms in residence including the foyer entry, dining and living rooms, and master bedroom.
Project  —  Former-client who was now downsizing and planning for their new home.

Project design notes:

√     Review of building plans while the client was in the later stages of costing general construction.

√     We discussed a range of opportunities for millwork and associated costs, and a budget and strategy was outlined to bring the finished space to a level the client defined.

√     Plans were marked-up with specifications/ locations for lighting and switching.  Unnecessary trim specified in the original plan was noted for omission accelerated the delivery calendar and earning a credit back for omitted work.

√     The work was cost-out and calendared to start immediately after closing, and contact continued through general construction to confirm framing and electric rough-in were correct.

√     Millwork shop drawings allowed off-site millwork assembly prior to install saving in delivery time and cost.

inspired woodwork · Since 2004


S u p p o r t  ·  B u i l d


/  Delivering your vision’s success  /


Paul Janus Building Arts navigates project delivery for clients with a design vision in place, bringing sensitivity to your planning and holding aesthetic nuance in tact. This solution-based attention focuses on facilitating delivery, and delivering your vision to completion successfully.

Support + Build is devoted to supporting your creative vision to its gorgeous result:

√     converting your schematics and sketches into measured shop drawings

√     providing quality and efficiency gains in fabrication

√     providing assembly details to support aesthetics and insure a planned outcome

 


 


 
SUPPORT + BUILD PROJECT STUDY: 
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Project Architect  —  Barbara Corwin LEED AP, New York

Project Overview  —  Architect referred project, whose design was approved prior to meeting client.

Project Site  —  A large staircase hall in a more than century-old and highly appointed home.

Project  —  20 lineal feet of new casework running floor-to-10’ ceiling integrating gilded display cabinet provided.  An interior already rich in presence would demand a similar aesthetic and level of finish quality.

Project design notes:

√     Architect provided design elevations showing core component layout with gilded case, and detailed lighting and carved moldings usage. Established was the idea the casework was always part of the home, and the gilded piece had always been paired with the casework.

√     Architect plan’s dimensions were schematic conveying concept proportion and balance. Actual dimensions would vary, but this would serve as guide to relate recommended modifications against.

√     I measured the site and recorded significant settling including floors far out of level, walls out of plumb, and plaster and lathe walls that weren’t straight. This is not uncommon for buildings this age, and it’s a reality that is always at odds with building square. When the work is wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, it’s critical for design planning to have reconciliation in mind.

√     Project change: With schematics and a measured sense of the building in hand, my interest focused on two piers that ‘trapped’ the casework on both ends. These piers, nearly 10’ tall, were not straight or plumb. I envisioned this woodwork looking lovely until noticing the long uneven gap between the casework and pier. It could be filled, but would instantly make the casework feel added on.

√     The clarification offered a fix: to include the piers as part of the casework eliminating the issue. I recorded measurements, created drawings, cost out the change, and contacted the architect. We discussed and weighed the issue’s impact, and discussed the suggested workaround. In agreement, the idea was presented to the client.

√     Drawings and budget were approved; entire project was built off-site and delivered at once for installation. The collaboration and project was a pleasure to be part of, and the clients’ delight upon completion an inspiration.

inspired woodwork · Since 2004


S p a c e   P l a n n i n g


/  Lovely interiors begin with a fitted plan  /


Paul Janus Building Arts  While we love architectural millwork, it’s comfortable, livable interiors we truly adore!  We see an interior’s success grounded in the plan; it’s why a founding component of this service is developing successful floorplans:

√     Identifying existing plan strengths to develop, and weakness to correct

√     Addressing balance and flow in space usage

√     Clarifying purpose in the plan, and tailoring in response

√     Employing millwork to enable space plan goals

Building out and addition:

√     Exhausting existing plan usage in evaluation of expansion

√     Validating addition in invigoration of existing assets

 


SPACE PLANNING PROJECT TYPES:

√     Plan Rejuvenation  —  Bringing new life to an interior

√     New Construction  —  Focusing on the challenge and opportunity of a blank slate

√     Built Addition  —  Harmonizing dynamic integration of change into the greater whole

√     Transition  —  Fitting a plan to changing needs:  empty-nest, retirement, making a new home purchase yours

 

inspired woodwork · Since 2004


D e s i g n   C o n s u l t


/  Choosing the right path to a gorgeous interior  /


Paul Janus Building Arts goes outside-the-box to uncover savvy design planning —  In contrast to a project-based discussion, a Design Consult steps back to reveal core design avenues, find latent potential, and weigh cost on aesthetic return.

 


DESIGN CONSULT PROJECT TYPES:

√     Interior millwork integration  —  aesthetics, usage, budget allocation, calendaring

√     Color and lighting  —  room-to-room, across the larger interior

√     Artwork  —  emphasis in plan, placement, grouping

√     New ventures  —  envisioning interiors in un-built space, a prospective purchase, a new business venture

√     Kitchen upgrade — planning, configuration, integration

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