In a small, rural town in Northern New Jersey sits a piece of history – a perfectly preserved farmhouse built in 1807, while Thomas Jefferson was president. The home was built in the Federal style, which was the predominant architectural language in the United States from 1770′ through the early 1800’s. The term “Federal” refers to a period in American history when our Federal system of governance was being developed and honed after the Revolutionary War. The design elements are notably understated: Exterior decoration is generally confined to a porch or entry element, with narrow columns and mouldings. Interior moulding elements are light, delicate and feature cavetto shapes and simple beads, helping the moulding to read as more refined in a room.
When the owners decided to build an addition that would blend seamlessly into the historic architecture, they turned to Kuiken Brothers.
“Our goal was to build on in a way that complemented the historic structure,” said the home’s owner. “We didn’t want to lose what the original house had to offer.”
Kevin Lodema, a Kuiken Brothers account representative, visited the job site before construction began. He consulted with the homeowner and reviewed the architect’s blueprints before working up a project plan that would achieve the owners’ desire to perfectly match the early-19th century frame using 21st century building practices both inside and out.
“Everything from the frame up came from Kuiken Brothers,” Kevin said.
Federal-style interiors featured muted wall colors, minimal trimwork painted white, and delicately carved or inlaid decoration. Oval sunburst designs and reeded columns were important elements in just about anything from exterior decorations to fireplace mantels and furniture inlays. Matching the charm and integrity of the original millwork, notably anchored by the original reeded mantle, was a top goal for the homeowners.
After consulting Kuiken Brothers’ moulding and millwork catalogs and making several trips to the Wantage store with his clients, Kevin brought samples back to the jobsite for the trimmers to make mockups. This helped the clients select Kuiken Brothers’ Classical Moulding, primarily from the Federal and Early American collections, with breathtaking results.
Entranceways into Federal-style homes were among the most ornate features. Fanlights and sidelights around doorways were prominent, with decorative cornices (crown moulding), panels and painted inlays on door and window surrounds. The door, sidelites and door surround trim were original to the 1807 home. Chair rail was original and also refurbished in this space. Kuiken Brothers base KB227, casing combination KB107 and backband KB199 and crown KB345 were added to complete the look.
As you can see, Kuiken Brothers’ Classical Moulding profiles are designed to work together. The casings, bases and chair rail from our Early American Collection created a visually consistent effect that blended seamlessly into the historic features of the home.
The custom, site-built cabinetry was constructed from Kuiken Brothers’ supplied pine flat stock, once again perfectly tying together the old and new charms and traditions.
For the addition, the owners selected the Andersen 400 Series WoodWright Windows. These high-performance, energy-efficient windows integrated seamlessly with the clean and simple traditional architecture.
“Kevin took the time to examine the existing windows to make sure the new ones matched right down to the sashes and mullions,” the homeowner said.
To maintain historic accuracy, Federal-style homes in the Northeast were typically built with clapboard siding. The owners selected James Hardie siding, known for its low maintenance and long-lasting durability.
This large-scale project took several months to complete, but the creativity, expertise and collaboration of all the people involved definitely shine through.
“This is the home we envisioned,” said the homeowner, adding, “Most people can’t tell what was added from what was original, inside or out.”
“It’s a job to be proud of, no doubt about it,” said Kevin, adding, “We take great pride in the quality and services we provide.”
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About Kuiken Brothers’ KB Classical Moulding Collection
Kuiken Brothers’ profiles are categorized by architectural style (Early American, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, and Traditional Revival) to show which crown, casing and base mouldings go together. In the past, coordinating design elements was difficult and time-consuming and many of these profiles were available only through custom production runs. Kuiken Brothers offers free moulding samples so potential buyers can match them to existing mouldings or see how they will actually look before installation. CAD files are offered on-line for architects and designers to incorporate detail to their blueprints.
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