Castle Building & Remodeling, one of Remodeling magazine’s Big 50 of 2011, hosts a team of professional designers and builders who overhaul interiors with historically inspired concepts. Two design-selection studios display the custom craftsmanship, showcasing a 1940s–style kitchen with cherry cabinets and a 1910s–style bathroom with hex tile flooring and a sink full of Teddy Roosevelt's mustache trimmings.
The remodelers create a mockup of each project using 3-D CAD software, noting any desired changes before installation. They realize projects with the help of artisanal manufacturers such as Clay Squared, whose artists craft custom ceramic tiles using time-honored methods.
The skilled staff at Color Works Finishing values communication and recognizes that home improvement is made easier through collaboration. Technicians talk to customers throughout the entire process, sharing their vision at an initial walk-through and providing a plan for completing the project. The painters then tailor their process to each surface, sanding woodwork before painting and making sure that murals of creepy ventriloquist dummies can never peek back through. To ensure that areas not designated for painting remain color-free, the staff uses drop cloths and painter's tape and removes the covers of electrical outlets.
Family-owned since 1952, Chileen Painting deploys an army of licensed, bonded, and insured painters to resurface commercial and residential walls with vibrant or subtle notes of color. In addition to recalibrating wall hues, the multitalented handymen fortify habitats with services that include plaster repair, water-damage repair, and tracking down vigilante bathroom muralists. Chileen Painting can also outfit studs with crisp new drywall jackets and transform any bedroom into a palatial Italian boudoir with a venetian plaster faux finish.
The contractors at A Lasting Impression use clients' requests to map out the steps necessary for completing domestic projects and renovations. Enlisting experienced painters and tool-wielding handymen, project managers deliver results in a timely manner to all edges of the United States. From remodeling residential exteriors to touching up shooting range walls, A Lasting Impression efficiently improves properties so they're in better shape to sell or use as backdrops for photo shoots.
The dedicated brothers who operate Buck's Furniture have been presenting customers with a vast selection of high-quality, solid wood furniture for more than 50 years. Available unfinished, factory finished, or custom finished by in-house professionals, the majority of Buck's room fillers are wrought from maple, pine, or oak, with a few items crafted from still-decorated Christmas trees. A flexible number of supper guests may comfortably surround a kitchen table with metropolitan legs ($559.95), which extends from 60 inches to 75 inches long, and a steam-bent Windsor chair ($109.95–$139.95) invites after-dinner lingering by cradling backs in subtly curved solid wood. A comfy eucalyptus adironack chair ($199.95) inspires lazy chats and afternoon gossip about which milkman is secretly lactose intolerant, and painted rocking chairs ($169.95) outfit dens in creaky chic comfort available in both white and black.
Since 1995, the dexterous framers at Hang It Inc. have been embellishing artwork and other displayables with more than 1,000 first-rate frame varieties culled from around the world. Enclose a photograph or a napkin from a particularly delicious barbecue dinner with a 16”x20" black wood frame ($64), equipped with glass and a mount. Drab dorm rooms are illuminated with a poster encased in a 24”x36" black metal frame ($69), and gold, silver, and ornate borders enable customized constructions. Other combinations may be seen here. Hang It’s unique plasma-TV-framing service adorns wall-hung television sets with a quality picture frame and liner, transforming T.J. Hooker reruns into art. After shopping, customers can peruse the studio's art gallery, Gallery 122, which features a variety of mediums from local artists.