DETAILS: MOULDING

In this month and the following month’s blogs we are going to be focusing on DETAILS. Details are important in that they set us apart from the competition, give our homeowners a sense of distinction and make the sales professional proud to be associated with us. We are focusing on details because we are being featured as the only Builder in Richmond Magazine’s The Keys to Richmond Book. The Keys feature one key representative for their respective industry. Colonial Homecrafters, Ltd. will be the Key feature for Homebuilding.
Our blog this month will be focusing on an area where Colonial Homecrafters, Ltd. excels at and that is our moulding. Moulding details are what set the spectacular home apart from the average home. The major interior moulding components of a home are:
Casing, which is the trim around the doors and windows
Base, trim that is installed at the bottom of a wall
Crown, trim that is around the perimeter of the ceiling
Chair, trim that is found almost midway up the wall
Panel Moulding, a wall detail found below the chair and above the base

Moulding can also be defined as one member, two member, three member and so on. This term refers to the amount of moulding combined to form one piece of moulding. For example a single member of crown is just that, one piece of crown and two member is two pieces. The more members you can apply the deeper and richer the detail. The exhibits below illustrate this.


The possibilities are endless in the combination of different moulding that can be applied, but as the case with most things too much of a good thing is not a good thing indeed. For example too much trim can quickly become out of scale with the home and look gaudy. How many times have we seen the overdone look because the builder or the homeowner has insisted that more is better? Striking a balance of scale is a detail that cannot be ignored.
The size of the moulding should also be considered and crown moulding is a perfect example. Two standard sizes of crown moulding are 3 5/8” and 4 5/8”. The two only are separated by only an inch, but that one inch makes an incredible difference. A home built in the 70’s or the 80’s typically has a ceiling height of only 8’. A crown of lesser dimension should be used so that it does not overpower the scale of the wall or room. Where a taller ceiling of around 9-10’ should use a larger crown moulding. The taller the ceiling the larger the dimension of the moulding and the more members one can apply.
A good rule of thumb is:
8’ ceiling height
3 5/8” Crown 1 to 2 members
Chair rail 1 to 2 member
Base 3 1/4” to 41/4”
9’ ceiling height
4 5/8” crown 2 to 3 members
Chair rail 2 member
Base 4 ¼” to 8” depending on style of home
10’to 12’ ceiling and above
4 5/8” crown to even very large crown or adding several members to create one large cornice
Chair rail 2 to 3 member
Base 6” to 10” 2 member

Of course these are just guidelines and each home and room needs to be evaluated individually.
Colonial Homecrafters excels in putting together unique trim packages that complement the home. For example a Traditional home will receive a traditional trim package and a Craftsman home will receive a package that complies with the arts and crafts style. Not only do we do an excellent job in putting together beautiful moulding packages, but our packages far exceed our competitors moulding packages.

Colonial Homecrafters, Ltd. sets itself apart by paying attention to the details and interior moulding is one of the most important aesthetic details in a home.