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Check out our latest bathroom remodel

Posted by william bateman on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 @ 09:34 AM

 

A bathroom remodel is always exciting and something to look forward to. Removing all of that mold and mildew to start with! WMB Construction has been tranforming customers bathroom dreams into reality for years in beautiful Orange County, NY.

 

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Most bathroom remodels are performed within two weeks from start to finish. We try to minimize any inconvenience to your regular schedule while construction is performed.

What to expect during your bathroom remodel:

  • First day all contents are removed from bathroom down to original studs.

  • Second day all plumbing and electrical is performed. New tub installed.

  • Third day all sheetrock and cement board installed.

  • By the fourth day we are usually ready to start installing your ceramic tiles on walls and floor. Tile installation can take 1-4 days depending on amount of tile and precision cuts to be made.

  • After tile has been installed and glued has dried we apply latex fortified grout to all seams of tile.

  • Paint all walls and ceiling.

  • Install all new plumbing and electrical fixtures.

  • Drop clothes are layed down everyday and removed at the end of everyday.

  • At the end of project all tools, material and garbage is removed off premises.


 

How we enhanced and protected this bathroom:

  • First we removed all over the toxic mold and mildew from bathroom.

  • Installed a new high quality  "Americast" tub in place of the old tub.

  • Replaced all corroded supply valves and tub plumbing.

  • Installed waterproof cement board on walls of tub area and on floors for superior protection.

  • Removed old exhaust fan and installed a new high powered and quiet one. Old fan was vented into attic creating mold and mildew to grow. We vented exhaust through the roof.

  • Constructed in walls shelf.

  • Installed all new high end coppertone fixtures.

  • Caulked all seams and corners in tub area for superior water protection

  • Installed new fiberglass insulation in walls and ceiling to gain more R-value.

  • Removed double hung window in tub area and added an awning window.

  • Removed soffit over tub area for more light and ventilation.


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WMB CONSTRUCTION has years of experience in the field to install the bathroom of your dreams with peace in mind that everything was installed correctly and finished in a timely matter so you and your family can get back to schedule. Leave the hard work to the professionals.


 

 

 

 

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Egress windows Orange County, NY

Posted by william bateman on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 10:21 PM

Egress windows are essentially fire escape windows installed in finished basements. It is a national code that enstates that all finished basements must have a window of 5.7 sq. ft., no more than 44 inches to the sill height and 22 inch clear opening to be able to escape in case of an emergency.

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A recent egress window installation byWMB Construction where we removed the sliding glass door, which had water/flooding issues, and installed a window.

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Here we closed in the block foundation and added a footing drain to relieve water pressure. Foundation will be tarred and backfilled with lots of 3/4" gravel to keep the water moving.

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All parging is complete and window looks like it has always been there. A little paint to match is all the customer needs once concrete has cured. Water issues were corrected to keep this basement dry while also conforming to building codes.

Benefits by installing an egress window:

  • Added ventilation to your basement

  • Added natural light which helps prevent growth of mold and mildew

  • Peace in mind that your loved ones will be protected and safe from harms way

  • Added value to your home

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Five key reasons to remodel your bathroom

Posted by william bateman on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

A bathroom remodel is most likely in the near future for many of us. The naturally moist enviroment of your bathroom will take its toll on any room over the years. WMB CONSTRUCTIONhas been professionally remodeling bathrooms for years out of Monroe in beautiful Orange County, NY

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Hidden behind your ceramic tiles you may find mold, mildew and rot. When we renovated this bathroom we found that the toilet bowl flange had been leaking for years which called for major repair to the subfloor.

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Tub areas always take a beating due to the fact they are always in contact with water. If you don't take care of your tub, it won't take care of you.

 

Problems with this tub:

  • This is the cheapest tub you can install, a steel tub. As you can see, the drain has completely rotted out. this wouldn't happen with a cast iron or Americast tub.

  • Diverter is too low. When showering water hits your body and goes behind schutching plates creating leaks over time.

  • Caulking maintainance has not been kept up on this tub.

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New tub, cement board, plumbing and tile and the bathroom takes on a whole new smell and look.bathroom kitchen remodel hudson valley ny

Five Key Reasons for Bathroom Remodel:

  • Added value to your home

  • More healthy enviroment for you and your family

  • Upgrade your bathroom for a more modern look

  • Faster sale of your home. Kitchens and bathrooms make for faster sales at a higher profit.

  • Peace in mind that all mold and mildew has been removed

 

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Start planning your outdoor project now!

Posted by william bateman on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 09:47 AM

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Dreaded winter has arrived bringing in the cold and windy weather that we experience every year here in the northeast. Bathing suits and barbeques have been put away and for most of us our outdoor activities have been moved indoors. But rest assure, summer is not too far away!

Now is the time to start planning for your homes outside oasis!

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Besides the occassional vacation here and there, your home is the area where you live and create the most memories in. From everyday life to the family parties to the last minute BBQ,s with a few friends. Creating a peaceful and tranquil outdoor enviroment to your home will not only greatly increase the value of your home but also offer that vacation feeling without the hassles.

Three recommended outdoor enhancements: 

1) Deck

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  • Added entertaining area

  • Can be constructed around pools

  • Screen in areas can be created

  • Elevated decks can be built for second story applications

  • Added value to your home

  • Options of treat/cedar lumber or mantainance free composite

2) Pool House/Purgula

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  • Added outdoor kitchen areas can be added to your entertaining area

  • Hidden pool equipment and protected inside from mother nature

  • Purgulas add a unique look to any project and help filter sun

  • Create outdoor shower and changing area

3) Concrete patio

 

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  • Offers added entertaining area at ground level

  • Great base for fire pits

  • Variety of colors

 

Now is the time to start planning for your outdoor projects!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Key factors to consider when remodeling your bathroom

Posted by william bateman on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 @ 07:42 PM

Is your bathroom old and deteriorated? Is mold and mildew overtaking everything in your bathroom? Ready for a change? WMB Construction has been transforming bathrooms with these problems for many years in the area with unmatched results. Your bathroom is the most frequented room in your home and also adds the most value to your home. It also has the most potential for producing mold and mildew conditions that can create a potentially hazardous atmosphere.

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Recent bathroom job we ripped out! The mold and mildew behind the tile is clearly obvious. The customers were so surprised to see what was growing behind their walls, especially because they were considering Rebath or Bathfitters! Those companies cover up toxins that should be removed from your home!!!

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 On top of just finding mold and mildew behind the tiles, we next found a great deal of rotten wood under the tile floor and vinyl shower base. WMB Construction removed all the mold and mildew and recommended a "mud job" to replace the worn out vinyl base.

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What is a "Mud Job"?

Instead of a vinyl shower base, we form and construct our own out of concrete and tile for superior strength and longevity.

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Added benefits of performing a "Mud Job"

  • Concrete shower bases are far more stronger and durable than regular vinyl bases

  • More aesthetically appealing appearance

  • Added value to your home

  • Base will not crack, tarnish or fade over time

  • Give your bathroom a more unique look

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WMB Construction constructed and installed the very popular in wall shelf. It coordinates with all the decor in the bathroom. A really awesome accent!!!

 

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WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Bathroom remodels

  • Kitchen remodels

  • All phases of home improvements

 

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Four insects that can destroy your home

Posted by william bateman on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 @ 07:04 PM

Nothing is worse than having your largest investment detroyed by unwelcomed pests. Damages range into the trillions every year due to the destruction that these insects cause. In most cases the damages will be invisible until it is too late. Insects working together by the thousands can consume your home from the inside out leaving you with repairs that can range in the thousands.

Here is a breakdown of your homes four most destructive insects:

 

 

Carpenter ant

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Origin: Many species of these ants are native to North America, with several species seemingly the most likely to invade structural wood members.

 

Biology: The usual habitat of a colony of carpenter ants is within wood, often wood buried or partially buried in the soil. They also commonly establish “satellite” colonies that may be in a structure, maintaining contact between the two colonies with the workers who travel to and from over well-defined trails. Generally there is a single queen in the colony but often supplementary queens as well. Colonies typically are around 15,000 workers when mature, but potentially could be over 100,000 workers. Foods are both carbohydrates and protein, with insects a major part of the diet. These are single-node ants without a stinger, although they are capable of biting. As they expand their colony they eject “frass”, which is wood chips and other debris such as leftover insect parts. This frass is often seen in structures before the ants are, as they are primarily nocturnal in habit. Carpenter ants are also typically polymorphic, with various sizes of workers in the colony.

 

Identification: Worker ants are easily identified to the genus Camponotus by the single, large node and the evenly rounded profile of the top of the thorax. It has no dips or spines on it, but is an even, curved line from front to back. There is a circular fringe of hairs around the anal opening and the antennae have 12 segments. Colors range from tan to black to reddish to orange to black/red combinations. Workers vary from 6 to 13 mm in length.

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Reduction of excessive moisture in the structure and removal of unnecessary wood materials outdoors will reduce the attraction of an area.

 

 

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 Subterranean Termites

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Origin: Six species of native termites in this genus occur in North America, occurring throughout the country in all states and in Canada. These are the common and destructive soil-dwelling termites.

 

Biology: With very rare exception colonies are located in the ground, with foraging done from these colonies into structures or other wood sources. There is a true worker caste, with adult workers, soldiers, and alates in the colony. It is possible that a colony can have up to two hundred thousand workers or more, and several separate colonies may exist near and be foraging in a single structure. Swarming by the alates may consist of many hundreds of alates from the colony, and many colonies in an area releasing swarmers simultaneously. This usually occurs in late morning to mid-day on a sunny day following a rainfall. Most swarming is in the spring, but fall swarms are also common, and a colony will be at least 3 years old before it produces swarmers. The wings are shed shortly after the flight takes place.

 

Identification: Alates are a shiny dark brown to black, and have both a fontanelle as well as a single ocellus near each compound eye. The antennae have less than 18 segments. The wings are very light colored to white and are without hairs on them. There are 2 thickened veins that run parallel to each other from the base to the tip along the leading edge of the wing, and numerous short veins connect these two long veins. Soldiers have head capsules that are as long as the rest of the body and the sides of the head are parallel. The jaws are symmetrical and without teeth along their inner margin, and they remain parallel to each other without having the tips crossing.

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Control is primarily by soil applications of residual insecticides, either as pretreatments or as treatment post-construction. Termite bait products may prove to be effective in eliminating underground colonies altogether. Control of excessive moisture conditions and unnecessary wood materials under or near the structure are preventive measures.

 

Yellowjackets

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Biology: Yellowjackets are social wasps, with a Queen that initiated the colony and female workers that build the nest, care for the young, forage for food, and defend the colony. Colonies typically begin each spring and die off each fall in cooler climates, but may survive over the winter in warmer climates. The population of the colony easily grows too many thousands of workers by the end of the summer, at which time males are produced, mating with new queens takes place, and these fertilized queens then over-winter in protected locations. Adults feed on sweet liquids such as honeydew, nectar, fruit juices, or human foods such as sodas. They also relish a sugary material exuded by the larvae. The larvae are fed meat, and natural sources are insect larvae or bits of flesh from dead animals. As scavengers the workers also gather human foods at outdoor eating areas. The workers are all able to sting repeatedly, and very aggressively defend their colony from perceived intruders. Nests are placed either in aerial locations, including trees, shrubs, wall voids, or attics, as well as in the ground, where workers enlarge holes they find to accommodate the growing colony. The nest is created from cellulose gathered from tree bark, dried plant materials, or other sources, mixed with saliva, and formed as the hexagonal cells for the larvae.

 

Identification: Yellowjackets are very similar to the other social paper wasps called Umbrella Wasps, but differ by having no narrow waist between their thorax and abdomen. Colors are yellow and black, and specific identification of each species is done with differences in the patterns of the black patches around the eyes and head as well as on the abdomen. Yellowjackets, as wasps, have 2 pairs of wings that are dissimilar in size and shape. This separates them from many species of flies that mimic wasps, where there is only 1 pair of wings.

 

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Elimination of attractions such as spilled food materials or rotting fruits in gardens will help to prevent the presence of yellowjackets. If they are nesting within a structure the nest itself or openings the workers use for entry may be treated. Trapping will capture many of the foraging workers around human activity areas, but is unlikely to cause a large reduction of the nest population.

 

 

 Carpenter Bee

 

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Biology: Carpenter bees are solitary bees that get their common name from their habit of boring chambers in solid wood in order to create living quarters for their larvae. Softer woods such as redwood may be preferred, and the wood is not eaten, but instead is reduced to sawdust (“frass”) which is ejected from the tunnels. The female bee does the excavating, and several females may be working in the same section of wood and using the same entrance hole, but creating separate galleries. Males and females over-winter in old galleries and emerge in the spring to mate. They will both die before the end of the summer and it is their offspring which begin the next year’s activity. The galleries may be used repeatedly, with each new female lengthening the tunnel, which often can be over 10 feet in length. She creates an average of 6 or 7 cells, each separated by a plug, and places an egg and a food supply of pollen and nectar in each cell. Once this is completed she never returns to care for the larvae.

 

 

 

Identification: There are several species of carpenter bees that are fairly small, but the common Xylocopa species that may invade structural wood are some of the largest bees in North America, with some of the largest over an inch long. Coloring normally is shiny metallic blue-green to black, although the male of the Valley Carpenter Bee is light tan. They may be separated from bumblebees by the relative lack of hairs on the abdomen, as well as by their more rapid, erratic flight habits Damage from these bees is hidden within the wood, often with only the round entrance hole visible. Within the wood the galleries extend with the grain of the wood, and are almost perfectly round, ending with the cells in which the larvae develop.

 

 

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Surface coatings of paint or varnish are somewhat repellent, but not always. Injection of a residual dust insecticide into the gallery opening, followed by placement of a plug in the opening, will confine the bees to this treated area if done at night. Holes can then be permanently sealed.

 

 

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Always pay close attention to what creatures are making a home inside your home. Over many years, WMB Construction has professionally removed and eliminated insect damages in a quick and clean matter. Click below if you have had insect damage and need professional services to correct the problem.

 

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Can you imagine your next bathroom?

Posted by william bateman on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 @ 10:05 PM

You shower, bathe, and take care of all your basic needs in your bathroom. It is the one area of your home where you can relax and create a surreal enviroment. Whether your prefence is a hot shower or a warm bubble bath to loosen your muscles, the bathroom is the room that will bring relaxation and comfort to your own home.

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A bathroom remodel might be an excellent choice for you and your family. A bathroom remodel is more than just an enhancement, it is an added investment to your home.

Bathroom remodel benefits:

  • Instant added value to your home

  • Removal of all toxic mold and mildew

  • Enhanced appearance

  • Create a relaxation area for after those stressful work days

  •  Create better use of space in your bathroom. Integrate elegant pieces of furniture or extra closets for more useful storage

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 Many concerns my customers have are; how long and what is involved with a full bathroom remodel. All bathrooms are different as far as size, water damage, age, tilework involved, plumbing, etc.....

What to expect in a bathroom remodel:  

  • First day is full removal of bathroom contents. Drop clothes are placed throughout your home to maintain cleanliness.

  • Next day plumbing and electrical is performed and new walls start to be installed.

  • Tile, paint, fixtures, grout, etc...... are all installed. Standard start to finish for a bathroom remodel is 1 1/2 weeks.

  • Everyday your home will be cleanly vacuumed and drop clothes removed so you and your family can maintain regular life.

  • For homes with only one bathroom, Porta-Potty arrangements can be made.

 

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Four key reasons to remodel your bathroom

Posted by william bateman on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 @ 03:28 PM

The bathroom(s) in your home is probably the most frequented room in your house. Mornings, nights, rainy days, stiff aches and pains; the bathroom is the area of your home to relax, feel revived and take care of everyday hygiene for both you and your family. Creating a breath taking atmosphere within your bathroom will create many years of happiness for you and your family. Imagine the benefits of a new bathroom remodel that creates a complete surreal enviroment!

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 Debating your bathroom remodeling project? Well, there are definitely pros and cons to remodeling your bathroom; however, in most cases you'll probably find that the benefits of bathroom remodeling outweigh the cons. Both you and your home can benefit from a remodeling project on the bathroom. Here is a look at a few of the benefits that can be enjoyed when you decide to remodel your bathroom.



Benefit #1 - Increase in Home Value - Probably one of the biggest benefits you'll enjoy when you remodel the bathroom in your home is an increase in the home value. When you remodel the bathroom, you end up with an even better home, and larger remodeling projects can really make a difference in the amount that your home is worth. However, if you don't do the project the right way or you don't finish it, the value will actually go down, so you want to make sure that the bathroom remodel is done the right way so you can enjoy the increase in your home's value.

Benefit #2 - Improve the Bathroom's Appearance - Another benefit of remodeling the bathroom in your home is improving the bathroom's appearance. Perhaps your bathroom didn't look to great in the past or it was starting to have repair problems. When your remodel, the entire bathroom will look so much better. You'll be able to go into the bathroom and enjoy the way that it looks. Since the bathroom looks even better, it will actually help your entire home to look better as well.

Benefit #3 - Better Use of Space - In many cases, bathrooms are too crowded, especially if you have a smaller bathroom. When you remodel, you can benefit from a better use of space in the bathroom. There are new furniture and fixture choices today that look great and take up less room, so you can make the best out of the space that you have in the bathroom.

Benefit #4 - Create a Place for Relaxation - Yet another benefit you can get when remodeling your bathroom is creating a place for relaxation. Remodeling gives you the ability to go beyond just function in the bathroom. You can turn it into a retreat that you can enjoy each day. With the right fixtures, décor, and a great tub, your bathroom can become one of the best places to relax and sooth away the stress of the day.

 

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5 key factors to use Benjamin Moores new Vinyl Select

Posted by william bateman on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 @ 02:23 PM

Vinyl siding has always been marketed as a maintainance free product that will never rot or fade leaving you, the customer, to never perform any work again on your siding. Vinyl siding is an excellent product that withstands many years of abuse from the elements but lets face it, nothing is forever. Over the years the sun will take its toll on your siding leaving you to spend thousands to replace it. With Benjamin Moore's new Vinyl Select you now have the opportunity to safely apply paint to vinyl siding.

 

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What you gain by painting your vinyl siding:

  • Quickly spruce up your homes exterior

  • Add value to your home

  • Protect your vinyl siding from future damage

  • Ability to change the color of your home

  • Save thousands!!

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How it works:

Certain paint colours tend to absorb the heat of the sun, transferring it to the substrate, and when vinyl siding expands dramatically, it is not able to contract to its original dimensions. However, thanks to Benjamin Moore, you are no longer limited in your colour selection.

 

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The 60 colours in our Vinyl Select collection greatly expand the colour selection options for you and your customers. From light to dark, our vinyl-safe colours will provide the colour freedom and the performance you expect from Benjamin Moore.

 

 With any painting project performed, surface preparation is just as important than the application. Without proper surface preparation, your project is sure to fail.

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WMB Construction performs with every exterior project:

  • Powerwash all siding surfaces

  • Treats problem areas

  • Scrape and scuff any problem areas

  • Brush and roller applications

 

 

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Enhance the style and beauty of your home with moulding

Posted by william bateman on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 09:47 PM

Mouldings can dress up any room in your home and add character. Small accents can give your home that "POP" factor. Just imagine what a little added moulding could do for the look and value of your home.

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In the kitchen, adding moulding is a simple, affordable way to increase your investment. Update your favorite room by incorporating wide profile moulding above your cabinets. Maybe your island can become an exciting feature with enhancements like wooden corbels, columns and extra floor trim.

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In the dining room, a stunning coffered ceiling will transform the entire room. Add a chair rail and install a thin picture frame trim along the bottom paneling for a polished result. With so many options for creating a fashionable look, you can choose a moulding style just right for your decor.

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In the bedroom you can create a quick, affordable update that creates visual impact. Add wide profile moulding at the top of the walls and around tray ceilings. Increasing the decorative moulding around windows and doors also denotes elegance. Trim a large mirror with beautiful moulding, forming a picture frame above your dresser, or design a headboard trimmed in decorative mouldind that can be painted or stained. These updates make your room a more sophisticated retreat and add plenty of value.

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Nothing upgrades the focal point of a home like beautiful moulding. Dramatically transform your living area with wide profile moulding to produce a stately design. Create a distinguished mantel or build a wide profile base to make any living room a showpeice. Thick window trim and embellished columns finish the elegant make over that increases the value of your home.

 

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