Philadelphia Rowhome; Rittenhouse Square

 

Formal Living Room

Formal Living Room

Formal Living Room

Formal Living Room

This paint job was one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever done.  We started by removing somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 square feet of 40 year old velvet wallpaper. Above you can see the Formal Living Room. The ceiling was painted with Benjamin Moore Regal Super-White flat paint to give the room a big, bright feeling. The plaster walls were left rough to keep the texture and were painted with an eggshell finish.

Kitchen

Kitchen

In the rear of the first floor sat the kitchen. The wooden beam & window frames were painted with Benjamin Moore Advance High-Gloss paint. In fact, all the woodwork in the house was painted with that paint. It is a wonderful waterbourne paint that behaves like an oil/alkyd and leaves a sharp, highly durable finish once it sets. The beam here in the kitchen was the same color as the cabinets you can see to the right. It was primed with Stix primer for optimal adhesion once the finish paint was applied. Ceiling & Walls were Benjamin Moore Regal.

Children's Bedroom

Children’s Bedroom

This 2nd floor bedroom was shared by a set of twins. Each one preferred a different color so one side was painted pink and the other blue. For the pink, a tinted primer was used first and then finished off with Benjamin Moore Aura, a paint that never needs more than 2 coats, even with deep color bases.

Children's Bedroom

Children’s Bedroom

This second floor bedroom had a built-in shelf removed where you see the mirror on the far right. The plaster was patched with drywall compound and primed for painting. Benjamin Moore Advance High-Gloss was used on the crown moulding and Regal on the walls.

3rd floor skylight

3rd floor skylight

This skylight peaked at 18 feet from the 2nd floor landing where the scaffold was set up. Benjamin Moore advance was used on the woodwoork and the Aura and Regal lines were used on the walls and ceiling.

 

 

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The Lowest Price – Don’t Make the Mistake

More than likely, if  we are to bid on a job for you, we won’t be the lowest price. We know times are tough post-recession, but many many times the “contractor” with the lowest price will end up costing you more in the long run. A few months ago, I gave an estimate on a remodel job in Germantown. The so-called “contractor” scammed the home owner for $2,000 up front. He threw a few sheets of drywall up (at remarkably poor quality) and vanished a few days later. To clean up the mess this “contractor/theif” made, it was now going to cost the homeowner significantly more than had he not gone with the lowest price to begin with.

An excellent article on this can be found here.

Also, do not hire a contractor that is not insured and licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. If you do, your chances of getting burned go up significantly.

I am insured and licensed in Pa and will always be willing to sign a contract and provide you with proof of both my insurance and state license.

My PA license number is: PA062233

Below are some samples from that disastrous job in Germantown. Don’t let this happen to you! The lowest price is not always the best deal.

(The images below are NOT samples of our work! Please be sure to read the above carefully!)

Recent Remodel Work | Fishtown Ceiling

We just finished this project earlier this week. Half inch drywall was hung over existing plaster and finished into an existing party wall that divided the lager room with the kitchen. Vinyl beed was added to the kitchen doorway and merged into old plaster.

Recent Remodel Work | South Philadelphia Row-home

Here’s some images from a recent project that David completed. We hung and finished the upstairs bedroom and closet. The ceiling was hung over new framing. The walls were old plaster and so were the windows. Drywall was hung on lath on the side-walls and laminated to the window sil and front wall via a quick dry compound. The ceilings were 8’6″ and a small 3/8″ piece of drywall was inserted into the gaps in the joints to create a smooth and level finish. Vinyl beed were installed around the windows. 3/8 inch drywall was installed over plaster in the hallway and hallway ceiling. The wall going down the stairs was skimmed with quick dry powder and given a finish coat with Plus-3 Joint Compound for a smooth finish.

In the Dining Room, an old closet was removed by the homeowner and patches were placed in the old space and leveled out with a quick dry powder and finished again with Plus-3 Joint Compound.

Please click the images below for a better view!