Wood
Features

Wood adds character and dimension to your home like no other material can. Every piece of wood is as unique as your fingerprint. Grain patterns and color vary, adding warmth, texture and personality to any living space. There are lots of ways to bring wood into your home. It can easily be incorporated as in cabinets, wood features and décor. Whether you have a new home, an existing home or are remodeling, wood features can add value for years to come.

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Cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of any home and the most important room in your house. It is where people gather to socialize, prepare food and share special occasions. The most influential factor in the aesthetic design of a kitchen is cabinetry. It is the first detail others notice and helps bring your kitchen to life. Cabinets often set the tone for the level of quality finishes found throughout the rest of the home. The kitchen should complement and enhance the rest of a home.

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Wood Features

Natural wood doors add warmth and upscale appeal to almost any home. The most common wood door are hinged doors, but there are lots of other styles. The right door can enhance the décor of an entire room or accent a specific style. Moldings and trim are design elements that add depth, detail and richness to a home. From wainscoting to crown molding, decorative trim adds visual interest. Wood stairs and railings are functional and provide visual texture in a home. A beautifully designed staircase can create a dramatic focal point.

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Wood Décor

Natural wood features provide a custom look to a home. Wood shutters, mantels and feature walls can instantly improve a home’s appearance. Shutters make a great first impression, improve curb appeal, energy savings and value. A beautiful fireplace deserves a beautiful mantel. Mantels gives a home texture, warmth and withstand the test of time. Like shutters and mantels, wood feature walls, once called paneling, add dimension to a room and complement almost any design style. Natural wood features are a smart investment and add elegance and value to any home.

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Cabinets

The most significant décor feature in a kitchen are the cabinets. A typical kitchen has 25-30 feet of cabinets, which can be a big expense and may account for as much as 40 percent of a kitchen budget. Top quality, well-built cabinets are an investment and should be made like quality furniture. Home buyers and sellers know a well-designed kitchen is one of the spaces that adds value to a home. Quality cabinetry should look good and function well for 20-30 years.

Anatomy of a cabinet

Carcass Face + Doors Drawers Shelves + Hinges
The carcass is a plywood box that forms the cabinet's interior. Assembled panels are attached to the carcass with screws driven from the inside out. Floor panels should be fitted into the routed side panel. Side panels should be routed with a groove to support the drawer base. A strong connection between the carcass and the face frame is a sign of good craftsmanship.
The face includes doors and drawers that are visible from the front of a cabinet. Flat door panels are made from solid pieces of wood and are relatively free of imperfections. Doors with frames and panels should have deep grooves and should not be glued or fastened into the grooves. This allows the doors to expand and contract and reduces cracking and warping.
Flat drawer fronts are made from a solid piece of wood and relatively free of imperfections. The sides should be routed with a groove that supports drawer base. Joints are constructed with dowels or dovetailed at all corners. Each drawer should be supported with two, side-mounted slides rather than a single slide. A drawer supported by two, side-mounted slides is much stronger.
Shelves inside the cabinet should be at least ¾-inch thick. Shelves should be adjustable and are best supported with metal brackets, not plastic.
Hinges need to withstand constant use. Quality cabinet hinges have a built-in soft-close mechanism. The hinge should be adjustable in six ways: in-out, up-down and right-left, so that they can be adjusted when doors expand or contract due to seasonal changes.

Wood Features

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Doors

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Molding

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Rails

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Stairways

Solid Wood Doors are made of quality natural wood. A solid wood door is easy to close, provides insulation and blocks noise. Solid wood doors may cost more, but they will withstand the test of time. Solid wood doors can be stained or painted and can be used as an interior or an exterior door.
Solid Core Doors are made from wood by-products and are covered in a thin layer of veneer. A solid core door is one way to get a substantial door at a reasonable price. Good places to use solid core doors are bedrooms, bathrooms and areas where privacy is important.
Hollow Core Doors have a wooden framework with a honeycomb or grid-like core that is filled with a light material like cardboard, foam or a combination. They are encased by fiberboard or veneer. Hollow core doors are cost-effective but easily damaged. Good places to use a hollow core door are pantries and closets.

Crown molding covers the corner between the ceiling and a wall. It eases the transition between the vertical and horizontal planes. Crown molding is often more ornate and has a more detailed silhouette than other trim.
Frame molding looks like a large picture frame. Frame moldings are only decorative and are often found in hallways, stairways, living rooms or dining rooms.
Base Molding (baseboards) covers the joint between the wall and the floor. Baseboards are usually between 3 and 5 inches high and tend to be simple designs.
Window and Door Casings are both practical and decorative. They are designed to cover the unfinished gap between walls and door or window frames. They help to give a room a polished look.

Chair Rails are commonly installed about 36 inches from the floor and were originally intended to prevent walls from getting bumped by furniture. Chair rails separate two types of wall finishes, like paint and wainscoting.
Wainscoting is similar to a chair rail or wood paneling and extends from the middle of a wall to the floor. Wainscoting is often used in foyers, staircases, master bathrooms and dining rooms.
Picture Rails are located seven to nine feet above the floor. A picture rail allows picture frames to hang from walls without having to nail holes in the wall. Plate rails are wider, but like a picture rail. A plate rail is used as a platform to display and store a collection of items like jars or pottery.

Stairways are architectural features in many homes and benefit greatly from the use of real wood. Stairs are comprised of newels, handrails (sometimes called banisters), balusters, treads and risers (the steps). When assembled, all these stair parts are called balustrades. Oak, ash, mahogany and cherry are commonly used for the construction of stairs. Handrail should be manufactured in long lengths using as few joints or laminates as possible. Balusters, sometimes called spindles, are decorative, functional and an important part of the railing support system. Like other wood in your home, stairway handrails, balusters and treads need an application of Scott’s Liquid Gold every few weeks to clean and protect them.

Wood Décor

Natural wood makes a home feel warm and inviting. Wood shutters, mantels and feature walls are three ways to incorporate the beauty of real wood. Wood shutters offer an elegant, sophisticated style, while controlling light and privacy. Wood mantels showcase wide pieces of solid hardwoods with rich color and grain patterns. Wood feature walls add a focal point to any room. From pre-made tongue-in-groove styles to reclaimed wood, walls can be made in variety of styles. Balance the rich beauty of natural wood with plenty of natural light and crisp white accents for a timeless décor.

Shutters
Mantels
Feature Walls
The gold standard in shutters are true wood shutters. Wood shutters come in three basic styles: plantation, café and shaker. Wood shutters can be honed into custom shapes and sizes and can be painted or stained. They have a high strength-to-weight ratio, making them strong yet lightweight. Shutters provide insulation, improve energy efficiency and lighting, and are low maintenance. Wood shutters are a beautiful, affordable, classic window treatments that will add style for years to come. They are like “window furniture” and add both curb appeal and value. Remember that, like other wood in your home, natural wood shutters need an application of Scott’s Liquid Gold every couple of months to repel dust and maintain the finish.
Every fireplace needs a mantel. Top quality wood fireplace mantels are made like custom furniture. Start with the finest hardwoods to insure attractiveness and longevity. Red oak, poplar, maple and cherry are commonly used woods. Natural wood mantels focus on the grain and variation of color. Although natural wood mantels are sometimes thought of as traditional, they can be made in a wide array of designs that will compliment any décor. Mantels are a place to really let your personal style shine. Mix and match styles, add artwork and mirrors for interest. Natural wood mantels need applications of Scott’s Liquid Gold every few months to nourish and protect the wood from heat.
Wood feature walls add character and are a top interior design trend. They can completely change how a room looks. Any type of wood can be used, but softwoods and reclaimed wood are the most affordable and environmentally friendly. The most popular woods for walls are cedar, redwood, fir and pine. Softwoods are available in a wide range of colors but can also be painted, stained or natural in color. Wood feature walls are relatively easy and are inexpensive to create (sometimes free, use pallets!). Edges can be installed tight to one another or with a "dime gap,” a gap just wide enough to slip a dime into. The gap compensates for inconsistencies in board width and hides slight expansion and contraction.
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5 Reasons

To Choose Real Wood

Wood ages well. It looks great brand new and 100 years later. It looks good weathered, distressed and refinished.

Wood is classic, timeless and always on trend. It is durable, enduring and will withstand the test of time.

Wood is at home in all styles of décor, from modern to traditional, and comes in a wide range of colors.

Wood is earth friendly. It’s natural and can be reused and repurposed. It’s recyclable, renewable and sustainable.

Wood is unique and feels rich. The grain is beautiful, warm and inviting. No two pieces of wood are alike.