Approach

Approach

inspired woodwork · Since 2004


D e s i g n  +  B u i l d


•  Millwork in the stunning interior  •


 

Paul Janus Building Arts views architectural woodwork as means to a greater end.  In this context, craft, while critical, is not alone in millwork’s success.  Design — through scale, rhythm, color, lighting —  catalyzes ‘well-made’ into the splendid interior.

  


 



DESIGN + BUILD PROJECT ST
UDY: 
North Stamford, CT

Project Overview  —  Home showing the corollary wear that’s inevitable with a big, busy family
Project Site  —  Great room/ Dining room/ adjoining Foyer and Staircase
Project  —  Client wanted a fresh start to this interior to reset and keep pace with their evolving lifestyle

Project design notes:

√    Architectural character beckoned, though my first impression upon visiting the home was the spaces felt dim.  Two oversized windows numbed any concieous sense of this though I could see the exposure was northerly, which is to say always indirect. (North light is preferred by artists precisely because it is so!)  The indirect exposure was lessened further by a deep porch overhang, and a heavily-wooded site of tall oaks.  The interior was dim, and no amount of new paint, drapes and baseboard was going to change that.

√    Coming into the meeting however, I had noticed something: I asked about the attic space above… Stepping outside, one could see roof dormers were centered over the two large windows below… a quick visit to the attic found it awash in light!!  Their placement above the porch allowed the skylight in. 

√    The idea was clear: open the space to these attic dormers sitting above.   〈 It’s useful to note skylights often have the opposite issue of too much light tracking across the room all day, fading furnishings, and commandeering the mood based on what’s happening outside.  The north-facing orientation was a positive now in avoiding altogether issues of direct sun. 〉

√    We discussed use of the rooms for traffic flow, lighting, and color.  Drawings were developed and presented culminating in a floor plan and millwork design that put these goals into play.

√    Solution  —  The finished space presents two vaulted clerestories bringing height, dynamism and abundant natural light to a lovely interior, and the changes were integrated and enabled via tailored millwork.  Learn more from Architectural Digest on the history of clerestory windows.

inspired woodwork · Since 2004


M i l l w o r k   P l a n n i n g


•  Millwork with unmatched grace and reach  •


 

Paul Janus Building Arts  consults on millwork integration in early-phase construction planning:

√     Folding a new addition into the greater structure

√     Placing lighting, switching and vent ducts

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

√     Refining stairway layout 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


•  Your vision’s success delivered  •


 

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 successfully delivering your vision to completion.

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

√     converting your schematics and sketches into measured shop drawings

√     providing gains in fabrication’s quality and efficiency

√     providing assembly details that clarify a project aesthetic and 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 the 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 your path to the gorgeous interior  •


 

Paul Janus Building Arts  uncovers savvy and out-of-the-box design planning —  In contrast to a project-based discussion, a Design Consult reviews latent potential, and steps back to reveal core design avenues, while weighing 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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