St. Paul Cape Cod Dormer Addition

A remodel is underway. Take a look inside.

Follow along as we build a shed dormer addition along the upper level of this St. Paul Cape Cod.

Flooring & Millwork

The old carpet is out. New hardwood is in.

During the demo of this St. Paul upper level, we stripped out all the tan carpeting in favor of new wood flooring to compliment the existing main level selections. For this renovation, our crew worked to lay the new boards along the stair landing, the family room, and both bedrooms, while tile will go in the bathroom and a runner will finish the wood stairs.

Decisions on what type of floor is appropriate for your remodel vary based on criteria like budget, room function, and design goals. Hardwood is a great option because of the various finishes and warmth it adds to a home. Also, consider its relative durability and the ease of cleaning wood boards. Because wood doesn’t trap dander and dust like carpeting, hardwood is also a great option for maintaining good air quality within your home. And if down the road you’re looking to change the look of any hardwood floor, refinishing it is always an option.

Millwork Provides the Right Interior Finishes

With the flooring finished, we then worked to add all the millwork for this project, which included handrails, base profiles, and all the window and door trim across the upper level. Starting at the top of the stairs, we used flat stock 5 1/4″ high boards as part of our two-piece base profile. The base is continuous, running along the bottom of the sheetrock from the stair, the family room, bedrooms, and into the full bathroom. We added a secondary 3/4″ rounded profile along the flat stock called a shoe to finish the base moulding. For the windows and doors, a 3 1/2″ x 3/4″ flat board is applied around each opening using the picture-frame method, in which all four sides of a window (or three for a door) receives the same moulding profile.

Window trim is installed through the picture-frame method, which means one profile is used along all four sides of the opening, instead of using a sill and apron along the bottom.

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