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Expert Advice: Save on Building Costs

Cost-saving ideas for a traditional bedroom’s wallcovering.


    Charles Mueller of Centerbrook Architects and Planners used some tricks in the master bedroom of this Connecticut house to cut down on building costs.

    The walls of the master bedroom are inexpensive—and dimensionally stable—birch plywood ripped into 8″-wide boards. They were spaced with a dime to express the joints.

    Exterior wood clapboards were used on the ceiling, and are reminiscent of the hull of a boat, with the keel, or fin board, camouflaging air diffusers.

    The owners can watch the sunrise from an intimate deck, just large enough for a couple of chairs.

    Published in: New Old House Fall/Winter 2009


    Kathryn March 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    My husband and I have recently purchased a row house in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill. It was built in 1900 and has some interesting architectural elements. One of these elements is an exterior decorative piece that fits on the corners of the part of the house. One of these pieces is damaged, and I am having trouble finding out what the term for the piece is and where I can find a replacement or have it restored. I would love anyone’s help!

    Old-House Online March 30, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Try asking on our old house forums. You’ll need to sign up for an account, but there are plenty of savvy people over there (including some of our writers and editors) who might be able to help you.

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