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My door is on his website under doors at yeagerwoodworking FIRST ONE YOU SEE
I knew this project was going to take time to make because of my detail which would take months to make and finding items for the door . So those of you that want it now you need to go to those do it yourself stores and buy yourselves a cheaply made cookie cutter door that looks like everyone elses.
This unique type of craft cabnet/ funiture/millwork makers is very hard to find and can be very tempermental so you have to have patient. They can easily find other fastidious clients to put on thier waiting list. I know because it has taken me two years to find the right guy to fit me . I was very demanding to every detail and material being used on the whole entrance right down to the nails and screws. My god he had a lot of patience with me and very polite . The fascade of the door frame and window is made out of the new poly material that does not rot and less maintenance, but looks like wood when painted . It mills like wood so you can cut it into any shape or profile. The detail with the spiderweb window looks just an old historical window as well as the door frame with fluting /groves on the inside and all the different profiles of the layering of molding on the outside.The arch top door frame with keystone is what they call a split frame outside poly and inside wood that is what the hinges rest on and door catches. All the hardware had to be hand cut in with a chisel like they used to do over 100 years ago . I can not tell you how much work went into the whole project but there was a lot. His attention to detail is right on the
He finished the door just like he would do to a piece of funiture with lots of layers of varnish .
This entryway took him a few days to install . It was alot of work chipping the inside brick out and anchoring to the frame to the brick. With these old houses the front shifts with age . The door frame had to be ajusted to the brick. He made the wall frame on the inside above the door and sides as well as installing insulaltion and fitting the sheetrock with some plastering done . The molding on the inside is just as wonderful scribe into the walls seamlessly.
No messess to clean up and did not leave me with any of the construction debris.
I hired him to make my back double doors in mahogony from scratch that swing out. Later, folks!
This is someone I would hide in the closet and not tell anyone just so I can have him to himself for more custom projects.
Everyone told us that the 6 weeks we were promised was a pipe dream; 3-6 months was the general consensus and the horror stories we heard were awful. Ha! 6 weeks to the day, we had a beautiful kitchen and NO nightmares to report. Every morning, either
Through all of this, we basically lived in the basement, cooked there or in the backyard and did dishes in our second floor bathroom. Not fun at all and completely unavoidable, but
Be aware that you MUST:
Either spend an entire day at IKEA scrupulously laying out your kitchen with exact measurements OR getting
Be prepared to make multiple trips to IKEA to trade/return/purchase things you didn't know you needed.
Realize that you will have a ton of stuff to return at the end which gives you a big credit on your credit card. Allow some leeway for this and that there's no way around it. Order your tile, flooring or other materials far enough in advance so that you will have them when
We are completely happy with our new kitchen and new flooring in our first floor. It was definitely the best money we've ever spent and has added tremendously to both our quality of life and value of our house. Thank you so much,
They then sent a sub-contractor, who, from the moment he walked in the door, complained about how he hates these "40 hour contracts", and tried to make it my problem that he was unhappy. He said the room could never be "paint-ready" in 40 hours, and yet he arrived on a Tuesday, and by Thursday, almost none of the work that had been included in the $1500 estimate was done -- but he asked me to call the company and tell them the work was done -- I assume so he could get paid -- and that he would come back the following week to finish it.
I refused, and he came back on Friday and "finished" the work. It was so sloppy and unprofessional, I could hardly believe what I saw when I got home from work that night -- spackling everywhere, on my hardwood floor, with footprints in it, no less.Yes, I could have demanded that they send someone else and finish the job properly, but frankly, after 3 days of this experience, all I wanted was for this jerk to be gone.
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