One of the ways the architect stamped his mark on the house was that he’s decided to go with no mouldings anywhere in the house. No crown moldings, no frame around the doors, none around the windows. There is a baseboard, but it doesn’t look much like a baseboard – it’s flush with the drywall with a reveal between the two.
Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about…
It needs to be cleaned up, but you can get the idea… That’s pretty much the finished trim. We just have to figure out whether we’re leaving the metal visible or painting it.
The way you achieve that look is to use what’s called a Z-Bead. They’re pretty expensive – 15 cents/linear foot and there’s well over 1000 feet of reveal in the house – so it adds up. plus it takes a detailed oriented workman a while to install it. It’s much easier to just slap a piece of wood trim over the imperfections. It’s funny how “minimal” is often more complicated.
While it’s more expensive, I gotta say it will be one of those subtle details that make people know some care and thought went into both the construction and the design.