arts & Crafts Style Millwork Supplier

arts & Crafts Style Millwork Supplier

Arts & Crafts Custom Millwork

“Arts & Crafts” is not so much a style as an umbrella term for an approach to design and living. It encompasses such style genres as Mission Revival, Stickley-related Craftsman, Midwestern Prairie School, California Bungalow, and English design from William Morris to Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  It was a break from conventions of Victorian homes to form a unqiue american style.

4 Types of Craftsman-Style Homes

When discussing Craftsman-style homes, separating a couple of types can help you order fitting millwork. High diversity within this design genre which attempted a new american aesthetic. We can distinguish four main types of middle class Craftsman-style homes commonly built across the United States.

The Classic Craftsman Bungalow:

Typically modest in size, and one story, is known for its cozy, open floor plan and inviting front porch. The bungalow’s tapered columns and low-pitched roof showcase its dedication to simplicity and functionality, making it a lasting favorite among homeowners (and movie directors because it was developed in Los Angeles!).

The Prairie-Style Craftsman:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s bold inspiring designs led the Prairie Style from Chicago. Only in the Usonia subdivision were they small enough to be reachable for the average of income.  General variations emphasizes horizontal lines and flat or low-pitched roofs. Large overhanging eaves and rows of windows try for a harmonious connection with the surrounding landscape. Heavy use of strong vertically predominant geometric designs show up in the woodworking and leaded glass.  Room light from a high slit window designed for light, but not viewing outdoors.

The Mission-Revival Craftsman:

Rooted in Spanish colonial architecture, showcasing stucco exteriors, arched doorways, and terra-cotta roof tiles. Mission-Revival Craftsman homes often feature elaborate, handcrafted details such as tilework and ornamental ironwork, blending Old World charm with the developing Craftsman sensibility and naturally flowing from the west coast centered Bungalow movement.

The Four-Square Craftsman:

Known for its boxy, symmetrical design and two-story structure, the Four-Square Craftsman offers practicality and efficiency. With its hipped roof, central dormer, and spacious front porch, this style provides ample living space while maintaining the trademark Craftsman craftsmanship.  Stain grade trim, open rooms divided by colonnades, breakfast nooks and other built in seating brings a modest sized house touches of luxury that are middle class american trademarks.

Woodwork & Finish Carpentry for the Craftsman Home

Houses of this period (ca. 1890s–1930s) often have woodwork that’s a clear indication of style and even region. Woodwork and stained trim are style-defining characteristics of bungalows, Tudors, and other houses of the Arts & Crafts stylistic groups.  One fixture of the design style is the use of stain grade trim.  Following along second are the built in cabinets and shelves also presented in open grain.  The period was a sociological sea change, not driven by technology, but by the overall rejection of the Victorian era’s overly ornate decoration of everything while Americans were looking to define their own national style and identity.

The Arts & Crafts Colonnade

A motif of the period’s interiors, these open-plan room dividers have swung back in favor in new construction. An easily identifyable hallmark of Craftsman interiors is the colonnade, serving as a defining feature of the period’s design ethos. These room dividers, now experiencing a resurgence, were often built with mirror-image pairs and adorned with beams or arches. Gepetto Millworks excels in crafting custom colonnades, whether replicating historic pieces or creating new ones, incorporating traditional joinery techniques and premium hardwoods. With options ranging from classic oak to chestnut, Gepetto’s custom colonnades are also popular among modern revival enthusiasts.Old installations are no longer removed but instead stripped and refinished; new fixtures are a popular custom order with us for those building homes in this revival style or to match the neighborhood’s tone. Room-dividing colonnades usually appear in mirror-image pairs, the two sides often surmounted by a beam or an arch. Pillars may be set atop a pedestal wall that’s knee- to chest-high, perhaps incorporating built-in bookcases, leaded glass cupboards on either side or even a bench seat on occasion. Round classical columns are used, but the square “bungalow” pillars appeared in period millwork catalogs and have become one of those features most easily identified. Colonnades of oak or chestnut were clear-finished, or commonly stained dark. Painted colonnades, too, were in evidence and are particularly popular in the modern revival – but you’ll never convince us wood loving purists.  If you are considering a revival build – contact us to talk about some unique species that would be a nice complement to feature in this visual centerpiece of your room.  We are getting a lot of orders from the North Carolina Triad – Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro; Charlotte NC, and the Raleigh Durham regions for these moderately sized Colonnade and shelving designs that provide useful storage and a classy upgrade to the tract built cookie cutter homes easily obtainable in this region.

The Craftsman Breakfast Nook:

It seems every bungalow book, kitchen advertisement, house plan, and millwork catalog of the period featured an eating nook, cozy and often with whimsical detail. How many of them were actually built is up for question; adorable in illustration, they were a woodwork add-on that didn’t always make it to construction. The ones that did were ripped out during the inevitable kitchen remodelings that followed. But the nook is back in vogue, desirable both for restored bungalow kitchens and in new homes designed to be small and efficient.  Unlike the painted breakfast nooks of the period, those of the revival may be built of furniture-quality hardwoods, as with this quarter-sawn oak table and benches in a kitchen.

The treads are oak and the balustrade maple, but aniline dyes create a consistent look in a stair designed by Virginia architect Jim Erler erlerdesign.com and patterned after woodwork in a Greene & Greene house.

The Arts & Crafts staircase:

For decades there have been two “default styles” for staircases: Colonial Revival and Modern. Today new houses are likely to have craftsman-built stairs, often in hardwoods like oak, with Craftsman, Mission, or Art Nouveau styling. In old houses, the staircase is a style- and era-defining element. Even when doors, mantels, and trim have been lost to time, the staircase can provide clues for restoration.

A gently updated galley kitchen in a 1930 California beach cottage keeps the vintage style of cabinets and the jigsaw-cut, ventilated “half door” under the sink. Photo by Tom Lamb, from Vintage Cottages

 

Style-specific trim:

“Arts & Crafts” is not so much a style as an umbrella term for an approach to design and living. It encompasses such style conventions as Mission Revival, Stickley-related Craftsman, Midwestern Prairie School, California Bungalow, and English design from William Morris to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Houses of this period (ca. 1890s–1930s) often have woodwork that’s a clear indication of style and even region.

That kind of specificity is back, as the Arts & Crafts Revival becomes more and more sophisticated. Look for doors and trim right out of The Craftsman magazine; Prairie School window assemblages and flat moldings; Tudor mantels and staircases; Asian-inspired woodwork and built-ins in the manner of famous Pasadena architects Greene & Greene.

Choosing the right windows for a Craftsman-Style Homes

Incorporating the right windows into a Craftsman-style home is essential for achieving a harmonious balance between form and function. The perfect window selection will complement the home’s architecture and enhance its natural beauty and character. Let’s see what types you should consider for the right window system.

Craftsman-style homes traditionally incorporate natural materials and earthy tones, including solid wood windows. Of course, you can still use windows with other materials like UPVC or Aluminum, but select the suitable veneer resembling the wood texture with the benefits of more contemporary materials. Although double-hung windows are the most popular window type in historic homes, you can easily incorporate other types like casement or awning windows. Even picture windows can find their place in Craftsman-style homes. Choose windows that allow for an abundance of light.

Their geometric, original profile line guarantees a timeless design full of character, perfect for single or multi-family homes. With the Colorful technology, you can get the perfect wooden look with all the benefits like high energy efficiency, low maintenance, and long durability.

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VCU SCOTT HOUSE Window Restoration

VCU SCOTT HOUSE Window Restoration

SCOTT House on VCU Campus

 

 

 

 

 

Beaux Arts style Window Restoration

 

 

 

 

 

THE SCOTT HOUSE is one of Richmond’s most significant examples of American Renaissance architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was completed in 1911 and acquired by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2001. The 18,000 sf mansion was built for Frederic William Scott and his wife Elizabeth Strother Scott. It was modeled after the Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, which referenced the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Interior plasterwork is attributed to prominent sculptor and plaster contractor, Ferruccio Legnaioli.

VCU commissioned Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&H) to provide a feasibility study to assess existing conditions, programming, and conceptual design. Subsequently, G&H was selected to provide a historically-sensitive rehabilitation to allow the building to serve as meeting and event space for visiting and University groups.

Goals for rehabilitation the Scott House included restoration of the exterior masonry and windows supplied by Gepetto Millworks Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were upgraded to modern standards. New restrooms, and conversions to office space and meeting rooms became part of the plans to serve the University Campus. While the rehabilitation will serve a variety of modern programmatic functions, the building’s historic fabric was restored in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the University’s preservation philosophy for historic buildings.

Beaux Arts window and door restoration
Beaux Arts window and door restoration
Scotts House VCU Historic Restoration

Historic preservation seeks to find effective and artful ways of maintaining and reusing significant buildings, landscapes, and communities. Central to the discipline is the attempt to preserve cultural identity in the face of the threats of urban sprawl and loss of social diversity.

 

Maintain, protect, and repair authentic character defining features, materials, and finishes. If features are deteriorated beyond repair, replace them in-kind. Retain authentic historic building fabric to the maximum extent possible.

Historic building restoration respects the evolution of historic changes, fashion, taste, and use – do not try to “improve” the design of authentic building features.

Avoid installation of conjectural “historic” features.

Do not use maintenance methods or materials that damage significant building and landscape fabric.

Authentic Window Restoration Richmond

 

Scotts House VCU Historic Restoration
Richmond VA Authentic Historic Window Restoration
Richmond VA Authentic Historic Window Restoration
Richmond VA Authentic Historic Window Restoration
Richmond VA Authentic Historic Window Restoration
Scotts House VCU Historic Restoration
Richmond VA Authentic Historic Window Restoration
Richmond VA Authentic Historic Window Restoration
Richmond VA Authentic Historic Window Restoration
Scotts House VCU Historic Restoration

Scott House was built in 1907, and is a three-story, 40,950 square foot, Beaux Arts style mansion. The house is seven bays wide and is faced with a pale Indiana limestone. It features a central portico of four, giant Corinthian order columns and two Corinthian pilasters that dominate the highly formal, symmetrical entrance façade. Elizabeth and Frederic Scott bought the property from Lewis Ginter in 1903, Elisabeth Scott Bocock, moved into the house in the mid 20th century. While there, she founded the Historic Richmond Foundation, the 2300 Club, and the Hand Workshop (now known as the Visual Arts Center of Richmond). In the 1960s, the house was subdivided and used as dorms for VCU students, which continued into the 90s. A renovation in 2004 led to the Scott House opening its doors to the public, and the designation of the building as a Virginia Historic Landmark.

The historic Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island was chosen as inspiration for the Richmond structure, which was itself modeled after the Petit Trianon in Versailles. It stands proudly removed from West Franklin, an exception to the block’s density. The stately house, a handsome combination of limestone and terra cotta, is grounded by green-tiled wrapping terraces and a porte-cochére, shaded by trees in the house’s garden. Oxidized copper and careful cast iron work beautifully balance the gravity of the building’s exterior. Oversized fluted columns with Corinthian capitals give the mansion a sense of monumentality. The interior is a classic example of the American Renaissance style, originating in the 18th century. The occupant moves through the symmetrically divided rooms with no hallways on the first floor, structured around a main entrance stair which lies under a magnificent stained glass dome. Servants’ quarters are to the rear of the building, and a large English style carriage house is hidden behind the mansion. The Anderson Gallery, constructed in 1888 from the former Ginter House stables, also stands behind the Scott-Bocock House. The splendor of the structure is a reminder of Richmond’s insurance and banking glory days in the early 20th century, when it was an indulgent capital of the South.

Scotts House VCU Historic Restoration
Authentic Historic Window Restoration Virginia
Scotts House VCU Historic Restoration
Authentic Historic Window Restoration Virginia

Accoya Approved Manufacturer VA

Accoya Approved Manufacturer VA

Accoya Approved Manufacturer

We have been using Accoya Acetylated wood for exterior applications since it’s introduction into the United States market in 2012.

Acetylated wood stands truer and weather’s better – read the acdemic articles below to start your education for specifiying the ‘foundation’ of your project.

Accoya Now American Made

“We are excited to be a part of the Kingsport community ,” said Rod Graf, general manager of Accoya USA.

“Our cutting-edge building will enhance capacity, create local jobs, and foster community. We are also eager to work with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing to become a preferred employer in the region as production begins.”

Virginia Expert Manufacture

Matt Wiley has been building with Accoya Acetylated Wood for over 10 years!

High quality one of a kind builds made in Virginia.

 

Specify Accoya

“Acetylated lumber wins accolades for its performance and small environmental footprint”  ~ Green Building Advisor

Unlike most pressure-treated wood, acetylated lumber doesn’t contain any copper or biocides that can leach into the environment over time. The treatment renders the wood harder, more dimensionally stable and immune to insects. Accoya lasts for 50 years above grade, 25 years in contact with the ground or submerged in fresh water, and has a service life of 70 years, according to its manufacturer.

Build From the Foundation

You understand the metaphor if you’re a builder.  We are limited in our ability to deliver a ‘straight’ product, by straight lumber!  In order to deliver your dream piece, we need quality lumber that will not warp or twist and it is becoming harder to source.  Just like you wouldn’t want your foundation to be 1/8th out of square, we don’t want our raw materials to move 1/8th of an inch after they are machined to size.

Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia

Acetylation BY ROGER M. ROWELL ~ 4 SEPTEMBER 2006

The Vikings burned the outside of their ships to make them water resistant and flame retardant without knowing anything about hydrophobicity or the insulating properties of char!

Long before we had formal wood science, we had a long history of observations on the properties and performance of wood. It was well known that wood swelled and shrunk with water, that wood decayed, that wood burned, and that wood was degraded by the sun. People took advantage of the positive properties and also learned to design around wood’s weaknesses.  As we started to understand the properties and performance of wood, we discovered that the properties of wood are, for the most part, a result of the chemistry of its cell wall components.

Combining all of the art and science of wood recorded from ancient times to the present, we have discovered that if you change the chemistry of wood, you change its properties and, therefore, you change its performance.

From this foundation, the science of chemical modification of wood was born. We first learn by observation, progress by experimentation, and finally advance through understanding. We learned to use wood, accepting that it changes dimensions with changing moisture content (MC),

Chemical modification of wood can be defined as a process of bonding a reactive simple chemical to a reactive part of a cell wall polymer, with or without catalyst,
to form a covalent bond between the two.  Chemical modification of wood has historically been used to:
1) isolate various cell wall components;
2) study differences in properties as a result of changing the chemistry;
3) improve the performance properties of wood.

Many chemical reaction systems have been published for the modification of wood and the systems have been reviewed in the literature. The chemicals include anhydrides, acid chlorides, ketene carboxylic acids, isocyanates, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, difunctional aldehydes, chloral, phthaldehydic acid, and epoxides .

None of the studies of the chemical modification of wood and other lignocellulosic resources have gone past the research stage, except acetylation. 

 

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“Our sales in North America increased by 44% between fiscal years 2021 and 2022, and we continue to see strong demand for Accoya,” said John Alexander, group sales director. “Once operational, our Accoya 2022 production volumes will be doubled at the Kingsport site.”

The Kingsport facility, which will be operational in early 2024, will provide the North American market, while the Netherlands plant will supply the rest of the world. The American reactors are now on their way from Europe and will arrive in Kingsport in January 2023.

“We are excited to be a part of the Kingsport community and watch the development of the US facility,” said Rod Graf, general manager of Accoya USA. “Our cutting-edge building materials will enhance capacity, create local jobs, and foster community. We are also eager to work with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing to become a preferred employer in the region as production begins.”

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Historic Look

Smooth Swing bearings and weather durable fittings

Steel Core

Historically Accurate wooden gates

Mated with Steel core elements for the best of both materials.

Historic Detailing

Fully Mortized Spindles on an Arc!

Take a moment and notice all the wonderful details from the matching profile and scale at the gate frame top to the under hinge trim profile.  

Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Approved Manufacturer VA
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia

Building Science Explained:

Accoya Wood Window Builder VA

Accoya Wood Window Builder VA

Windows made of Accoya Acetylated Wood

In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains craftsmanship meets innovation in the form of Solid Wood windows made at Gepetto of Accoya Acetylated Wood.  Your new windows will stand as a testament to old world historic quality and modern manufacturing excellence. With a commitment to sustainability while improving durability Accoya Acetylated Wood brings warmth and architectural beauty to homes across Virginia. From the historic streets of Richmond to the picturesque landscapes of Roanoke Gepetto Solid Wood windows perform with modern excellence and old world charm.

At Gepetto, each window is meticulously crafted by skilled artisans who take pride in their work. Utilizing the finest Accoya Acetylated Wood, our windows exude timeless durability while offering the charm and authenticity of historic register places. From traditional to contemporary designs, Gepetto Solid Wood windows elevate the aesthetics of any home, adding character and charm.

Sustainable Manufacturing in the Blue Ridge

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility sings sustainability from the hills that hug it. Responsibly sourced materials from the land that we currently invest in as forest managers built the out buildings around the shop.  Eco-friendly production is one of our old world values – not a new ‘green economy’ mindset. Gepetto owner Matthew Wiley has the soil of these hills as the blood that runs through his veigns.  Reducing environmental footprint is the new term that empowers the old idea of work with what you have! By choosing Gepetto Solid Wood windows, homeowners invest in a greener Virginia while enjoying the benefits of premium craftsmanship.

Advantages of Accoya Acetylated Wood

Accoya Acetylated Wood sets Gepetto Solid Wood windows apart from the rest on the molecular level! Accoya solved the acetylation process on a scale that was affordable.  Read the full technical article to understand fully what you’re investing in.  This remarkablly small chemical change elevates the wood to otherwise unachievable qualities.  Unparalleled stability, durability, and resistance to rot and decay develop after a simple treatment of vinegar. With fewwer maintenance requirements, Gepetto windows crafted from Accoya Acetylated Wood ensure lasting beauty and performance, even in Virginia’s humid and sun bleached climate.

Service Area for Gepetto

From the bustling metropolis of Alexandria and Arlington crescnet surrounding DC to the serene shores of Virginia covering the Beach or Chesapeak tidewaters like Norfolk, Williamsburg and Newport News, Gepetto Solid Wood windows adorn homes in every corner of the Commonwealth. With customizable options to suit any architectural style, homeowners have the freedom to create spaces that reflect their unique taste and personality. Whether it’s a cozy bungalow in Charlottesville or a stately mansion in Norfolk, Gepetto windows enhance the beauty and value of every residence.

Unrivaled Performance and Energy Efficiency

Beyond their exquisite craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal, Gepetto Solid Wood windows deliver exceptional performance even through hurricane’s and tornadoes. Advanced insulation properties from weather stripping and the cumulative effet of precision engineering show in tests to be equal or better than any modern standard.  If it’s double glass you want, we can build it – or we can show you the test results of 160mph winds and install locations across the south east US.   Our windows help maintain optimal indoor comfort while reducing energy costs. From sweltering summers to wet damp winters, Gepetto windows provide year-round comfort for Virginia homeowners.

The Accoya Promise: Quality and Reliability

Backed by decades of experience and a dedication to excellence, Gepetto builds quality and Accoya provides reliability. As a homeowner your peace of mind rests in knowing you’ve invested in the best.

Partnering with Virginia’s Finest Builders and Architects

Gepetto Solid Wood windows are the preferred choice of Virginia’s finest builders and architects. With a reputation for uncompromising quality and attention to detail, our windows complement the visionary designs of top professionals in the industry. From luxury estates to commercial developments, Gepetto windows add a touch of sophistication and refinement to every project.

Elevate Your Home with Accoya

Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Manufacturer Virginia
Accoya Acetylated Wood Doors Made in VIRGINIA

Accoya Acetylated Wood Doors Made in VIRGINIA


Unlock the Value of Accoya Acetylated Wood Doors by Gepetto Millworks:

Elevating Architectural Millwork Across Virginia

Doors are more than just functional elements within architectural design; they serve as gateways that seamlessly blend practicality with aesthetics and as the portal are the first thing the eye catches in an architectural facade. Clients in Virginia seeking unparalleled durability and design, the Accoya Acetylated Wood should be specified in manufacturer and estimating process. This comprehensive guide delves into the myriad benefits of Accoya wood doors crafted by Gepetto Millworks, emphasizing how their superior quality is built from the foundation, checks the box of sustainability, and optimum for outdoor applications in the climate and all major cities of Virginia.

Understanding Accoya Acetylated Wood

Accoya Acetylated Wood, manufactured in Virginia, undergoes a transformative process that elevates its natural properties above the natural properties of many hard and soft woods. The innovative technique enhances the wood’s stability, durability, and resistance to decay. Structurally minimizing issues like swelling or shrinkage, even in the harshest environmental conditions like full sun exposure in Virginia summers.

Crafted Excellence FROM the Blue Ridge

Nestled in the heart the blue ridge of Virginia, Matt Wiley and his team represent the epitome of old world craftsmanship matched with modern innovation in wood manufacturing. Delivering to projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, and the District of Columbia from a quiet shop in the hills. Matthew Wiley will help you cost manage and understand the value of your costs in any custom build with Accoya Acetlyated wood. We work direct to homeowners as well as direct to General Contractors. Our customer is committed to quality, and while the price hurts – we share your vision for amortizing that cost over 100 years instead of tomorrow. We build doors for your grandchildren to admire the wear marks, not for the lowest price.

Benefits of BUILDING Accoya Wood Doors

Made by hand in Gepetto Millworks Blue Ridge shop wood doors specified to be made from Accoya offer a myriad of advantages for discerning homeowners, architects, and contractors. These doors boast exceptional durability, surpassing counterparts by resisting moisture, fungi, and insects with ease. Their superior stability ensures smooth operation and minimal maintenance for years to come. Longevity and reliability are only built upon the foundation that you lay, and if you want us to build a door to exacting standards – we have to start with an exact foundation. Accoya wood is certified sustainable sourced and uses a non-toxic manufacturing process developed in the European Union from their higher environmental standards. Accoya wood is a responsible choice for eco-conscious building materials. Gepetto Millworks’ diverse design options will produce a wide range of architectural styles and customized doors to express that unique character of your Monument Avenue home.

Supplying Accoya Wood Doors to Major Cities in Virginia

As a premier supplier of Accoya wood doors, Gepetto Millworks serves major cities across Virginia, enhancing architectural spaces with their exceptional products:

Richmond: As the capital city of Virginia, Richmond boasts a rich tapestry of historical architecture and modern innovation. Accoya wood doors by Gepetto Millworks find resonance in Richmond’s architectural landscape, offering a harmonious blend of heritage and innovation for discerning homeowners and architects.

Virginia Beach: Renowned for its coastal charm and vibrant community, Virginia Beach is a hub of coastal living. Accoya wood doors by Gepetto Millworks are ideally suited to the coastal climate, offering unparalleled durability and resilience against saltwater corrosion and humidity.

Norfolk: Home to a thriving arts scene and cultural diversity, Norfolk presents an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Accoya wood doors by Gepetto Millworks add a touch of sophistication to Norfolk’s architectural ensemble, combining timeless elegance with modern functionality.

Chesapeake: Nestled amidst lush greenery and natural beauty, Chesapeake exudes a serene ambiance. Accoya wood doors by Gepetto Millworks seamlessly integrate with Chesapeake’s natural surroundings, offering homeowners a sustainable and stylish choice for their architectural needs.

Accoya wood doors by Gepetto Millworks represent the pinnacle of mixing modern technology with old world excellence in craftsmanship. No where else can sustainability meet design. From Richmond to Harrisonburg and beyond, these doors offer unmatched durability, stability, and aesthetic appeal, making them the ideal choice for discerning clients seeking to elevate their architectural spaces. By supplying Accoya wood doors to major cities in Virginia, Gepetto Millworks continues to set the standard for quality and innovation in the woodwork industry, fostering a deeper appreciation for sustainable design and superior craftsmanship.

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federal style doors made to order virginia
federal style doors made to order virginia
federal style doors made to order virginia

Project Portfolio

Project Portfolio

Project Portfolio

Historic Preservation

Celebrating 15 years in 2024!

In Progress 2024

Residence

0000 Monumant Avenue – Richmond VA

Window Preservation Services

JV Martin School – Dillon SC

Supplying Old Window Restoration Services

William FOX
Elementary RVA ~2024

William Fox Elementary School

2300 Hanover Avenue – Richmond VA

Window Preservation Services

Omni Homestead Hotel  ~ 2023

Beginning in 2022 a $150 million investment began and ran on schedule with the detailed assistance of Gepetto Craftsmen coming to completion in fall 2023.  Specifically providing services that could not be found from any other contractor in the Shenandoa region!

  

Babcock Building 2020-2023

The Babcock Building is the cornerstone of the Bull Street historic district renovation.  Gepetto Provided historic replica windows, and the rebuilt cupola.

The projectd was developed by Clachan Properties who have a long history of renovating historic buildings across the southeast.  Foss and Company provided historic tax credit verification.

Located right in the middle of the largest development project in Columbia history, the building was built in 1885 and will be transformed into 208 luxury apartments with amenities.

babcock building columbia SC window restoration
babcock building columbia SC window restoration
babcock building columbia SC window restoration

Hampstead
New KEnt ~ 2023

Hampstead was built in 1825 one of the Commonwealth’s most ambitious Greek Revival residences.  The grand dwelling features many elements adapted from Asher Benjamin’s American Builder’s Companion (1806), an important book containing meticulous etchings of Greek Revival architectural details used by architects and builders throughout the new nation. Hampstead was listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and began renovation by the Tidewater Big Bend Foundation in 2021

VCU SCOTT HOUSE ~ 2019

Built in 1911 and acquired by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2001 the 18,000-square-foot mansion rehabilitation was orchestrated by long time specifiers of Gepetto Millworks – Glavé & Holmes Architecture.  The modernization design was to provide a historically-sensitive rehabilitation to allow the building to serve as meeting and event space.  The building’s historic fabric was restored in accordance with the Secretaty of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the University’s preservation philosophy for historic buildings.  Kjellstrom and Lee handled general contracting in concert with VCU maintenance and operations staff

Caldwell Hall ~ 2019

Built in 1889 and 130 years later in 2019 another restoration began calling on Gepetto to custom fabricate new doors to match the historic profile. In addition to the time tested original joinery, we designed in our shop drawings a ‘stave core’ door that intelligently balanced the weather beating functions of three elements:

Romanesque Architectural Door and Window Builder
Romanesque Architectural Door and Window Builder

Sauers Historic Offices ~ 2019

In 2018 + 2019 Sauers Spices made the development to move back into their historic offices at 2000 West Broad St capstoning the redevelopment of the Braod St Corridore.  Not shown are the historically trimmed offices restored to their early 1900’s glory of mahogany framed glass privacy offices.

Detailed Trimwork

728 E. Main St.
Richmond ~ 2019

Virginia’s Central Business District, the Stumpf Flats on Main is currently undergoing a $5 million redevelopment, having previously served as the century old Stumpf Hotel. Renovation of the seven-story structure converted it into 24 one-bedroom apartments.  Drucker + Falk the Washington, D.C.-based developer, is one of the most dominant and successful real estate developers in the Mid-Atlantic, controlling over 9 million square feet in the Washington Metro market with an additional downtown Richmond office and presence.

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Montgomery Building  ~ 2018

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Additinoal ProjectS:

  • Centenary Methodist Chruch Richmond
  • Baker School Richmond
  • Catholic University Caldwell Hall Washington DC
  • Meadow Farm Museum Henrico
  • Carter’s Grove Williamsburg
  • Elizabeth City North Carolina  Water Station
  • Printworks North Carolina
  • Mount Airy Tapahannock
  • Virginia Science Museum Traincars
  • Black History Museum Washington DC
  • Ben Dover Estate Goochland
  • George Washington Carver’s House
  • Grove Plantation HOuse
  • Robert E Lee Highschool
  • Womens prison – historic Lorton condos
  • Cumberland – new kent
  • Manchester Train Station – hull st
  • Goshen Foundry
  • Carriage doors Arlington Cemetary
  • Maymont Carriage Houses Windows, Doors, and Gates
  • Old Church – hampstead
  • Robinson Theater Church Hill

Black History Museum
Richmond ~2016

Receiving a state grant in 2011, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia announced plans to repurpose the Leigh Street Armory as their new home. The armory had suffered severe damage from fire, neglect, exposure to the elements, and vandalism. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior Save America’s Treasures Program. SGH Architecdts developed a building enclosure rehabilitation and structural stabilization program in conformity with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

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George Wythe Replica Home ~2015

Receiving a state grant in 2011, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia announced plans to repurpose the Leigh Street Armory as their new home. The armory had suffered severe damage from fire, neglect, exposure to the elements, and vandalism. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior Save America’s Treasures Program. SGH Architecdts developed a building enclosure rehabilitation and structural stabilization program in conformity with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

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Hewicks plantation

Hewick is a historic home located near Urbanna, Middlesex County, Virginia. It was constructed in 1678 by Christopher Robinson, whose progeny held considerable power in the colony before the American Revolution, during which some members became loyalists. It was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

 

Lady Byrd Hat Factory 2008

Originally built to house the Virginia Paper Company, the building became the home of the Lady Byrd Hat Factory in 1965. The building is located near the Turning Basin of Richmond’s newly constructed Canal Walk and is the only historic building on the Canal. McPherson Design Group assisted with the design for the conversion of this building to a mixed-use facility, including residential units, offices, restaurants, retail spaces and entertainment venues. Many of the historic structural elements were recycled and featured in the new building.

Historically Accurate Wooden Shutters

Historically Accurate Wooden Shutters

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Historically Accurate Shutters

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historically accurate shutters built in virginia

In the annals of architectural history, Virginia stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of American craftsmanship and design. From the colonial era through the antebellum period, the architectural landscape of Virginia evolved alongside social, political, and technological changes. One element that quietly reflects this progression is the humble shutter – an architectural detail often overlooked but integral to both form and function in historic buildings.

Colonial Virginia: Utilitarian Beginnings

In the early colonial period of the 17th century, Virginia’s architecture was pragmatic, reflecting the challenges of the New World. Buildings were typically constructed with locally available materials, and practicality dictated design. Early settlers, facing the harsh realities of Virginia’s climate and occasional skirmishes with indigenous peoples, sought to protect their homes from the elements and potential threats.

Shutters in colonial Virginia were primarily utilitarian in nature. They served as simple barriers against weather and intruders, constructed from wood and hinged to the sides of windows or doors. These shutters were often plain, lacking elaborate decoration, and were designed to be functional above all else. Colonial architectural styles such as the Cape Cod and Georgian influences were prevalent, with shutters complementing the symmetry and simplicity of these designs.

The Federal Period: Elegance and Symmetry

As Virginia transitioned into the Federal period in the late 18th century, architectural tastes shifted towards neoclassical elegance and symmetry. Influenced by the ideals of the Enlightenment and the architectural principles of ancient Greece and Rome, Federal style buildings in Virginia exuded refinement and sophistication.

Shutters during this period became more than just functional elements; they became integral components of architectural composition. Shutters were often painted in muted colors to complement the façade of the building, and decorative elements such as raised panels and louvered slats were introduced to add visual interest. The proportion and placement of shutters became carefully considered, contributing to the overall symmetry and balance of Federal style architecture.

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historically accurate shutters built in virginia

Antebellum Virginia: Romantic Revival and Regional Variations

The antebellum period in Virginia witnessed a resurgence of interest in historical revival styles, inspired by romanticized notions of the past and a growing sense of regional identity. Architectural tastes became more eclectic, drawing from a variety of historical influences ranging from Greek Revival to Gothic Revival.

Shutters during the antebellum period reflected this diversity of styles. In rural areas, where agricultural wealth fueled the construction of grand plantation homes, shutters often featured elaborate detailing such as scrollwork and intricate louver patterns. In urban centers like Richmond and Alexandria, where mercantile prosperity thrived, shutters embraced the refined simplicity of Greek Revival and Italianate styles.

Preservation Challenges and Strategies

Today, preserving Virginia’s historic architecture, including its shutters, presents both challenges and opportunities. The passage of time, coupled with natural disasters and human intervention, has taken its toll on many historic buildings. Preservation efforts must balance the need to maintain historical integrity with modern-day functionality and safety standards.

One challenge in preserving historic shutters is ensuring their structural integrity. Many shutters from the colonial and Federal periods have succumbed to rot, insect damage, and general wear and tear. Preservationists must carefully assess the condition of existing shutters and employ appropriate conservation techniques, such as repair or replacement with historically accurate materials.

Another challenge lies in maintaining the visual authenticity of historic shutters. Over time, alterations and renovations may have resulted in the removal or alteration of original shutters. In such cases, preservationists may turn to archival research and historical documentation to recreate missing or damaged shutters, ensuring that new additions blend seamlessly with the original architectural fabric.

In the tapestry of Virginia’s architectural heritage, shutters serve as both functional elements and aesthetic adornments, reflecting the evolving tastes and technologies of their respective time periods. From the utilitarian simplicity of colonial Virginia to the neoclassical elegance of the Federal period and the eclectic revival styles of the antebellum era, shutters have played a vital role in shaping the character of Virginia’s built environment.

As stewards of Virginia’s architectural legacy, preservationists must remain vigilant in their efforts to safeguard historic buildings and their associated elements, including shutters. By embracing a holistic approach to preservation that balances conservation with adaptation, we can ensure that future generations continue to appreciate and cherish the rich architectural heritage of Virginia’s past.

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historically accurate shutters built in virginia
historically accurate shutters built in virginia
historically accurate shutters built in virginia
historically accurate shutters built in virginia

Craftsman Style HomE Millwork

Craftsman Style HomE Millwork

Craftsman Custom Millwork

Craftsman style homes, originating in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are renowned for their organic design elements and meticulous craftsmanship that wins in the hearts of Gepetto staff! Central to the allure of these homes is the intricate millwork featured in built-in cabinets, shelves, doors, baseboards, door frames, and crown detailing that really tie their interior spaces together with both function & aesthetic. As these homes age, preserving their original charm necessitates replacement or restoration of millwork components. Gepetto Millworks of Virginia has over 50 years of cumulative experience producing replica millwork to replace pieces damaged by time or accident.  As a beacon of craftsmanship we offer bespoke millwork to your architect’s plan upholding the authenticity of a Craftsman style home being built from the ground up today. If the interplay between the millwork found in Craftsman homes built between 1900 and 1950 capture your admiration and inspire you in your dream home building process Gepetto Millworks stands ready to supply your project with attention down to the quality of the kiln dried rough-cut lumber we begin making your pieces from.  If you are building your home to hold it’s value or inspire the next generation, you won’t be using veneer over a composite who’s structural integrity degrades with the swings in humidity.  Gepetto craftsmen are doing hand joinery and working with solids every day in the shop and have the expertise to produce your drawings.

Craftsman Style Homes and Millwork:

Craftsman style homes emerged as a balancing response to the overly ornate Victorian architecture prevalent in the late 19th century. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement coming out of the furniture industry and academic design, Craftsman homes exude simplicity, warmth, and a connection to nature. The millwork found within these homes serves as a testament to the era’s emphasis on quality built by craftsmen honoring the natural materials they were most familiar with. Matt Wiley and Gepetto Millworks supplies replacement or new millwork to maintain the integrity of these architectural treasures if you are restoring one of these homes and seeking authentic replacement pieces.

The craftsman house has been around for more than 100 years, making it one of America’s favorite architectural styles, with home-design elements built in to maximize space and elevate quality. “Craftsman-style homes are an expression of handcrafted artistry and natural materials utilized in honest ways,” says Rachael H Grochowski.  This American Arts and Crafts style was popularized by furniture maker Gustav Stickley, who published a magazine called The Craftsman and a book, Craftsman Homes (1909), that talk about the “simplification of life” and “a plain house that will last for generations and need but few repairs. The tome served as a guide to Craftsman design that spans everything from furniture to light fixtures and pillows.

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Built-in Cabinets and Shelves:

One of the defining features of Craftsman style homes is the presence of built-in cabinets and shelves. Made to fit elements are often characterized by sturdy construction, clean lines, and intricate detailing that doesn’t draw the eye like the former period of victorian squibbles. Craftsman cabinets and shelves typically are stained rather than painted, and showcase exposed grain and joinery, such as dovetail or mortise-and-tenon joints. The exposure highlights the skill of the craftsmen who created them, and honors the natural material’s texture. Gepetto Millworks of Virginia specializes in replicating these traditional joinery techniques, ensuring that replacement or new cabinets and shelves seamlessly integrate with the original millwork of Craftsman homes.

If you are launching into a ground up build and want to achieve the warmth of interior function in many of the interiors of America’s most famous architect, look no further than Gepetto as your trusted supplier!  Built in bench seating, custom tables matching the design and grain of wall paneling – all of these options are available today through a supplier like Gepetto – but are generally lost in the transition to pre-manufactured home goods.  If you are an interior designer and looking to make a splash for your client, give Matthew a call and talk through your goals as we have a cadre of experienced architects and millwork design draftsmen that can collaborate with you to produce the drawings and exact specifications to complete a project like this.

Doors and Door Frames:

Craftsman style doors and door frames are notable for their simple but elegant lines and solid construction. Doors featuring flat panels with simple geometric designs reflect the movement’s focus on craftsmanship with timeless geometric accents. Craftsman door frames may be unadorned with stained trim featuring the beauty of the natural wood grain to shine through. When you are featuring the grain, you’ll want to choose a supplier who can source slow grown species which have fewer defects.  We make your doors to your custom design and frame detailing, allowing individual homeowners or architects to carry the authentic character of their Craftsman style homes into the future.  We have some modern durability upgrades and weather proofing options that didn’t exist in the 1920’s and ’30s that will still honor the integrity of the wood materials.

Craftsman Baseboards and Crown Detailing:

Baseboards and crown detailing play a crucial role in defining the architectural character of Craftsman style homes. Baseboards are typically simple yet substantial, providing a visually pleasing transition between the walls and floors. Crown detailing, and even entire ceiling details on the other hand, adds a touch of elegance to the interior spaces, framing the ceilings and drawing the eye upward. Whether you’re dealing with a modest craftsman home or something bold and complex that might be categorized into the ‘midcentury modern’ aesthetic we specialize in crafting bespoke wood architectural elements.  Baseboards and crown molding that capture the essence of Craftsman style produced using high-quality wood species and traditional milling techniques to achieve authentic period details.

Bungalow Columns & Room Dividers:

In addition to the built-in cabinets, doors, and trim, Craftsman style homes often feature distinctive bungalow columns and room dividers that mirror the square tapered column.  The exterior to interior theme contributes to their recognizable charm from the street view. Bungalow columns, typically square or tapered, support the expansive front porches characteristic of Craftsman homes, evoking a sense of strength and solidity. The columns are often adorned with simple, yet elegant detailing, such as decorative capitals or geometric patterns, echoing the overall aesthetic of the home. That exterior theme is brought indoors to room dividers. Another hallmark of Craftsman design separating rooms with solid wood detailing often open to sound and light maintaining an open and airy feel. Dividers may feature built-in shelving, decorative screens, or crafted woodwork, adding visual interest and functionality to interior spaces. Today we can light them with LED accents and offers custom solutions for replicating or restoring solid wood columns and room dividers, ensuring that the timeless beauty of Craftsman style homes remains intact.

Bungalow, Prairie School, and Mission Revival style Millwork

As Craftsman style homes continue to age, the preservation of their original millwork can feel like an impossible task until you find us! Gepetto Millworks of Virginia understands the unique challenges associated with renovating these architectural treasures and offers tailored solutions to meet the needs of homeowners and restoration professionals alike. Whether it’s replicating a damaged cabinet door, matching the profile of a historic baseboard, or crafting custom-built shelving with live edge solid wood to complement existing millwork with your needs of today. Gepetto Millworks of Virginia combines traditional craftsmanship with modern technology to ensure the longevity and authenticity of Craftsman style homes for generations to come.  No one in 1940 was thinking of building in their flat screen TV – but today, you can build in your audio visual equipment into free standing or wall attached designed millwork.

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Craftsman style homes stand as enduring symbols of American craftsmanship and ingenuity, embodying the principles of simplicity, honesty, and connection to nature. The intricate millwork featured in these homes plays a vital role in defining their architectural character and we wish to work with the architects, interior designers and owners who are inspired to keep this tradition alive. We offer bespoke solutions for the replacement or restoration of millwork components in Craftsman style homes built in any era and their brethren styles: Bungalow, Prairie School, and Mission Revival. Our combination of traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques and materials ensures that the beauty and integrity of architectural woodworking shine for future generations to enjoy.

Virginia Federal Period Doors & Millwork

The Federal Period, spanning from the late 18th to the early 19th century, was a crucial era in American architecture that saw the emergence of distinct design elements and principles. In Virginia, during this period, homes became symbols of refined taste and elegance, reflecting the influence of Neoclassical ideals. One of the key architectural features that encapsulates the essence of Federal style homes in Virginia is the front door entryway.

The front door entryway of a Federal period home in Virginia was meticulously designed to embody the principles of balance, symmetry, and classical motifs. Elliptical fanlights and sidelights were popular components of these entryways, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal. The use of ellipses in the windows was not merely decorative but also served a functional purpose by allowing an abundance of natural light to flood the entrance hall.

Windows spanning two sidelights became a distinctive hallmark of Federal style architecture in Virginia. The arrangement of these elements was carefully orchestrated to achieve visual harmony. The elliptical fanlight positioned above the door, along with the sidelights on either side, created a balanced and symmetrical composition. This adherence to symmetry was influenced by Neoclassical principles, which sought inspiration from classical Greek and Roman architecture.

The choice of elliptical windows was not arbitrary; it was rooted in the classical language of architecture. The ellipse, with its graceful curves, echoed the elliptical arches prevalent in ancient Roman structures. This classical reference was a deliberate attempt to evoke a sense of timelessness and cultural continuity. The use of classical motifs was a defining characteristic of Federal style architecture, as it sought to establish a connection with the ideals of ancient civilizations.

As we delve into the specifics of these front door entryways, it’s essential to acknowledge the craftsmanship that brought these designs to life. Gepetto Millworks, situated in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, played a pivotal role in manufacturing the intricate components of Federal period homes in Virginia. The artisans at Gepetto Millworks were adept at translating architectural drawings into finely crafted wooden elements, bringing authenticity and precision to each piece.

Gepetto Millworks embraced the architectural principles of the Federal period, ensuring that their creations adhered to the standards of balance and proportion. The ellipses in the windows were meticulously carved, and the sidelights were crafted with precision to complement the overall symmetry of the entryway. The choice of materials, often hardwoods like mahogany or cherry, added a touch of luxury to these architectural elements.

The Blue Ridge Mountains, with their natural beauty and serene landscapes, provided an inspiring backdrop for the artisans at Gepetto Millworks. Surrounded by such scenic vistas, the craftsmen found motivation to infuse a sense of craftsmanship and artistry into each piece they produced. This connection to nature and the local environment contributed to the unique character of the architectural elements manufactured by Gepetto Millworks.

Federal Period Doors & Millwork Produced Locally in Virginia

The Federal period in Virginia was marked by a departure from the ornate styles of the preceding Georgian era. Federal architecture embraced simplicity, symmetry, and a reliance on classical motifs. The front door entryways, with their elliptical fanlights and sidelights, epitomized these principles. The ellipses in the windows, while serving a functional purpose, also added a touch of grace and sophistication to the overall design.

Symmetry was a fundamental aspect of Federal architecture, and the front door entryway was no exception. The placement of the elliptical fanlight at the center, flanked by two sidelights, created a balanced and harmonious facade. This commitment to balance was not only an aesthetic choice but also a reflection of the intellectual currents of the time, which valued order and proportion.

The classical motifs found in Federal architecture were a deliberate homage to the ideals of ancient Greece and Rome. The architects and craftsmen of this period sought to evoke a sense of timelessness by drawing inspiration from the classical past. The use of ellipses in the windows, reminiscent of Roman arches, was a clear nod to the enduring legacy of classical architecture.

Gepetto Millworks, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, embraced these principles in their manufacturing process. The artisans at Gepetto understand the importance of precision and attention to detail in creating authentic Federal period architectural elements. The choice of materials, combined with skilled craftsmanship, resulted in front door entryways that not only adhered to the architectural principles of the time but also showcased the natural beauty of the wood.  In the federal period we see the impact of the deployment of machine labor to wood allowing for the explosion in trim and styling of some of the ornate libraries, entry halls, staircases and the ever present focal point of the front door.

In addition to the visual appeal, the front door entryways of Federal period homes in Virginia also served a functional purpose. The elliptical fanlights above the doors allowed ample natural light to enter the entrance hall, creating a welcoming and well-lit space. This consideration of both form and function reflected the pragmatic yet elegant sensibilities of Federal architecture.

As we admire these front door entryways, it’s worth noting that Federal style architecture in Virginia was not confined to grand mansions. The principles of balance, symmetry, and classical motifs permeated homes of various sizes and scales. Whether in urban townhouses or rural estates, the front door entryway became a focal point, signaling the taste and sophistication of the inhabitants.

The front door entryways of Federal period homes in Virginia stand as enduring examples of architectural excellence. The ellipses in the windows, spanning two sidelights, showcase a commitment to classical principles of balance and symmetry. Manufactured by Gepetto Millworks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, these architectural elements embody a harmonious blend of craftsmanship, natural beauty, and a deep appreciation for the Neoclassical ideals of the Federal period. As we continue to study and celebrate the architectural legacy of this era, the front door entryways remain iconic symbols of a bygone time, preserving the elegance and grace of Federal style architecture in Virginia.

The elliptical fanlight, positioned above the front door, is a key feature that distinguishes Federal period homes in Virginia. This design choice goes beyond mere aesthetics, as the ellipse itself is a shape laden with historical and cultural connotations. Inspired by the elliptical arches of ancient Roman architecture, the use of ellipses in the windows pays homage to classical ideals. It serves as a visual link to the timelessness of classical civilizations, emphasizing a connection to the intellectual and cultural heritage of the past.

The elliptical fanlight also plays a crucial role in welcoming natural light into the entrance hall. This functional aspect aligns with the practical sensibilities of the Federal period. The desire for well-lit interiors was not only an aesthetic preference but also a manifestation of the period’s interest in creating inviting and hospitable spaces. The soft, diffused light streaming through the elliptical fanlight contributes to the overall ambiance of the entryway, making it a warm and inviting focal point.

Complementing the elliptical fanlight are the two sidelights positioned on either side of the front door. This symmetrical arrangement enhances the visual balance of the entryway, a hallmark of Federal architecture. The sidelights serve both practical and aesthetic purposes. They allow additional light to enter the interior, further illuminating the entrance hall and creating a sense of openness. Moreover, the sidelights contribute to the grandeur of the facade, framing the entrance in a way that accentuates its significance.

The combination of the elliptical fanlight and the two sidelights creates a harmonious trio, each element enhancing the other’s impact. The ellipse, with its graceful curves, contrasts with the vertical lines of the sidelights, creating a dynamic visual interplay. This contrast adds a layer of complexity to the design, elevating it beyond a mere exercise in symmetry. The play of light and shadow on the intricate detailing of the fanlight and sidelights enhances the depth and richness of the overall composition.

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, these architectural elements convey a narrative of cultural refinement and intellectual sophistication. The use of classical motifs, such as the elliptical arch, suggests a deliberate engagement with the philosophical and artistic ideals of antiquity. The Federal period was a time of intellectual curiosity and a desire to establish a distinct American identity that drew inspiration from the classical world. The front door entryway, with its unique combination of elements, became a canvas for expressing these ideals.

Gepetto Millworks, situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, played a crucial role in bringing these unique design elements to life. The craftsmen at Gepetto understood the significance of the elliptical fanlight and sidelights in Federal period architecture. Their meticulous attention to detail and commitment to traditional craftsmanship ensured that each piece produced reflected the authenticity and elegance of the era.

In conclusion, the combination of the elliptical fanlight above the front door and the two sidelights flanking it represents a distinctive and iconic feature of Federal period homes in Virginia. This architectural ensemble goes beyond its visual appeal; it embodies the intellectual aspirations of the time, drawing inspiration from classical traditions. The play of light, the balance of forms, and the craftsmanship involved in creating these elements contribute to the enduring legacy of Federal style architecture. As we appreciate these front door entryways, we not only glimpse into a specific historical period but also witness the timeless beauty of design principles that continue to shape the look & flavor of our great Virginia Cities from Norfolk, Alexandria, to Charlottesville and Richmond.

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Rustic Aesthetic REal wood Manufacturer

Rustic Aesthetic REal wood Manufacturer

Rustic, Country Chic, and farmhouse style aesthetics have gained immense popularity with interior design across Virginia, West Virginia, North & South Carolina the core service areas Gepetto delivers custom wood built millwork within. The appeal boils down to offering a cozyness, the appeal of exposed wood grain has an attraction buried deep within the human psyche. A design theme centered around wood that evokes a sense of warmth, simplicity, and a connection to nature makes the perfect customer for Gepetto.

We apply the same warm blend of historic styles to modern homes, restaurants and office spaces as well if you are a design architect reading this we look forward to getting you on the phone before you start your surface design specifications so that we can talk about species, placement and cost saving measures we can achieve for you. The rustic styles create inviting environments that prioritize human comfort and well-being. Gepetto Millworks fabricates and delivers conference room tables or wooden desk surfaces that feel warm and look touchable. Based in the hills near Charlottesville, Virginia, we have done many projects sourcing directly from Virginia barn structures that are falling apart repurposing them into. We bring the rustic design elements to life through custom fabricating furnishings, infusing spaces with character and charm that we tore down from other spots in Virginia.

Rustic Charm in Restaurant Furnishings

Rustic design is characterized by its use of natural materials, earthy tones, and a focus on simplicity. In restaurant furnishings, this aesthetic can be translated into wooden tables, chairs, and reclaimed materials that give the space a warm and inviting ambiance. Gepetto Millworks, with its expertise in custom woodworking, can craft unique pieces that showcase the beauty of natural wood grains and textures. And in today’s era, we have to state that these are all solid wood – no facings, veneers or other shortcuts that don’t wear well or last.

Consider a restaurant with a farmhouse-inspired theme, where the tables are crafted from reclaimed barn wood, complete with the imperfections and history of the material. The chairs might feature woven seats or distressed finishes, adding to the rustic appeal. Gepetto Millworks can create custom booths with plush, upholstered seating in earthy tones, enhancing the comfort and coziness of the dining experience.

Additionally, incorporating open shelving made from reclaimed wood for displaying dishes or rustic lighting fixtures can further enhance the overall aesthetic. The goal is to create an atmosphere that feels welcoming and authentic, encouraging patrons to relax and enjoy their dining experience.
Embracing Country Chic in Office Spaces

Country Chic design brings together elements of vintage charm and contemporary style. When applied to office spaces, it can transform work environments into comfortable and visually appealing places. Gepetto Millworks can play a pivotal role in achieving this by crafting bespoke office furniture that combines functionality with aesthetic appeal.

Imagine an office reception area with a distressed wooden desk, adorned with vintage accessories and accents. The use of pastel colors and floral patterns in upholstery can contribute to the Country Chic vibe. Gepetto Millworks can design and build custom storage solutions such as bookshelves or cabinets, incorporating beadboard paneling or other country-style details.

For workstations, the use of reclaimed wood for desks and ergonomic chairs upholstered in soft, natural fabrics can create a workspace that is both comfortable and visually pleasing. Country Chic office spaces can benefit from the integration of potted plants, artwork, and decorative items that evoke a sense of hominess.

Farmhouse Aesthetics: A Blend of Comfort and Functionality

Farmhouse aesthetics often focus on the fusion of comfort and functionality with a not to Virginia’s historic past. Our commitment to craftsmanship can bring this fusion to life in both restaurant and office settings. In restaurant furnishings, farmhouse-inspired tables with sturdy construction can withstand the rigors of daily use while maintaining a charming appearance.

Farmhouse-style seating with cushioned benches and wooden chairs can contribute to a convivial atmosphere. Gepetto Millworks can customize these pieces to align with the specific needs and preferences of the establishment, ensuring that both the staff and patrons enjoy the space.

In office settings, farmhouse aesthetics can be integrated into conference rooms, creating a collaborative and inviting space. Large, robust tables made from solid wood can serve as a focal point, complemented by comfortable seating. Gepetto Millworks can incorporate storage solutions that seamlessly blend with the farmhouse theme, providing practicality without sacrificing style.

Gepetto Millworks: Crafting Unique and Personalized Spaces

Gepetto Millworks, based in Richmond, Virginia, is uniquely positioned to bring the charm of Rustic, Country Chic, and farmhouse aesthetics to life. The company’s commitment to craftsmanship and customization ensures that each piece of furniture is not just functional but also a work of art.

The artisans at Gepetto Millworks have a keen understanding of design principles and can work closely with clients to capture the essence of the desired aesthetic. Whether it’s creating a cozy dining nook for a restaurant or designing a welcoming office lobby, Gepetto Millworks excels in translating visions into tangible, high-quality furnishings.
Conclusion: Elevating Spaces with Timeless Design

In conclusion, Rustic, Country Chic, and farmhouse aesthetics offer a wealth of design potential for restaurant and office spaces, focusing on human comfort and warm elements. Gepetto Millworks, situated in Richmond, Virginia, stands out as a reliable partner in bringing these design themes to life through custom furnishings.

By harnessing the beauty of natural materials, expert craftsmanship, and a commitment to personalized service, Gepetto Millworks can transform spaces into havens of comfort and style. Whether it’s the rugged charm of Rustic design, the vintage allure of Country Chic, or the functional elegance of farmhouse aesthetics, Gepetto Millworks has the expertise to craft furnishings that resonate with the unique identity of each establishment.

circular architectural wood elements turned on a lathe

circular architectural wood elements turned on a lathe


The art of turning wood on a lathe to create circular architectural elements is a blend of tradition, craftsmanship, and aesthetic vision. This practice, integral to woodworking and architecture, has evolved over centuries, adapting to changing styles and technological advancements while maintaining its core principles of shaping wood into functional and decorative forms.

Historical Significance

Woodturning, the process of shaping wood while it is rotated on a lathe, has been a fundamental woodworking technique since ancient times. The lathe, one of the oldest woodworking tools, is believed to have originated in ancient Egypt. Over the centuries, it has played a crucial role in the development of architecture, particularly in the creation of circular wood elements. These elements have not only provided structural support but have also been central to decorative motifs in various architectural styles.

Types of Circular Architectural Elements

    1. Balusters: These are the vertical supports in a balustrade system, commonly seen on staircases and balconies. Each baluster is turned to achieve a specific design, which can range from simple cylindrical shapes to more complex, intricate patterns.

    1. Newel Posts: Serving as the anchor points of a staircase railing system, newel posts are often more substantial and elaborately designed than balusters. They mark the beginning, end, and turns of staircases.

    1. Columns and Pilasters: These are fundamental in classical architecture, providing both support and ornamentation. Turned wooden columns often mimic the styles of their stone counterparts, such as Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian designs.

    1. Finials: Decorative end pieces that can be found on top of newel posts, bed posts, curtain rods, and other architectural features. Finials range from simple rounded shapes to complex, carved designs.

The Turning Process

The process of turning wood on a lathe requires skill and precision. A craftsman selects a suitable piece of wood, considering factors like grain, texture, and strength. The wood is then mounted on the lathe, which rotates it at high speeds. Using various chisels and gouges, the woodturner shapes the wood, carefully following the design specifications.

The creation of circular architectural elements is not just about removing excess wood; it’s about understanding the material’s properties and working with them to achieve a balance between strength and beauty. The woodturner must consider the final application of the piece, ensuring that it is not only aesthetically pleasing but also structurally sound.

Applications in Architecture

Circular wood elements turned on a lathe find their application in various architectural contexts:

    • In residential architecture, they add elegance and character to staircases, porches, and furniture.

    • In public and historical buildings, they often play a role in preserving the architectural integrity and aesthetic of the structure.

    • In modern architecture, while the styles may have evolved, the fundamental process of turning wood for circular elements remains a testament to traditional craftsmanship.

Artistry and Craftsmanship

The creation of these elements is as much an art as it is a craft. The woodturner must have an eye for detail, an understanding of architectural styles, and the ability to translate a design concept into a tangible wooden form. This process requires not only technical skill but also a deep appreciation for the material and the history it carries.

Technological Advancements

While the basic principles of woodturning have remained constant, technological advancements have introduced new tools and techniques, allowing for greater precision and efficiency. Today’s woodturners can achieve more complex designs and consistent results, but the essence of the craft — the connection between the material, the tool, and the craftsman — remains unchanged.

Sustainability and Material Choice

In contemporary practice, there is an increasing focus on sustainability. The choice of wood, its sourcing, and the impact of the manufacturing process on the environment are important considerations. Woodturners and architects often opt for locally sourced, renewable wood species, ensuring that their creations are not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible.

Cultural Significance

Circular architectural elements turned on a lathe are not just functional components of a structure; they are bearers of cultural and historical significance. They reflect the architectural trends of their time, the skill of the craftsmen, and the cultural context in which they were created.

In conclusion, the practice of turning wood on a lathe to create circular architectural elements is a fascinating blend of history, art, and craftsmanship. It highlights the enduring relationship between humans and their environment, where a simple piece of wood, through the skilled hands of a craftsman, is transformed into a piece of architectural beauty. This tradition, rooted in the past, continues to evolve, adapting to modern needs while preserving the essence of the craft.

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@gepetto.millworks The original bed finials at the Omni Homestead resort were misplaced during the extensive renovation process. As months went by, these finials became the final missing component, causing a delay in completing the project. Today, we are delighted to announce the successful delivery of 60 handcrafted and stained finials, which required only one week of shop time. This accomplishment marks the end of a four-month search! If you are in need of wooden historic replacement parts, your first step should be reaching out to Gepetto. You can contact Matt at ‪(804) 938-2094 to tap into 30 years of construction knowledge and expertise. Matt can provide you with an accurate project timeline that Gepetto will commit to delivering on time as agreed upon. #historicreplica #woodturning ♬ original sound - Gepettomillworks
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Gepetto Millworks, based in the blue ridge mountains of Virginia has established a strong reputation over the past three decades for custom manufacturing wood projects. Their expertise spans a wide range of woodwork, from building or restoring any wooden item to tackling complex and intricate challenges in the building industry. This versatility is showcased in projects like creating three-story hanging spiral staircases, bar tops, historic stained glass restoration, and modern office interiors.

Key to Gepetto’s success is the leadership of Matthew Wiley, who brings over 30 years of experience in renovating and restoring historic homes, warehouses, and churches in Richmond. His transition from building individual windows and doors to managing a production facility enables Gepetto to handle any project demand, large or small. Wiley’s collaboration with architects, project managers, and developers is particularly noted for gaining tax advantages through the use of historically accurate wooden building materials in large scale commercial projects.

One of Gepetto’s specialties lies in historic renovations. They are adept at crafting new solid wood windows, doors, trim, skylights, railings, and newel posts, even from the most damaged or unsalvageable pieces, to match the original designs. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that buildings maintain their historic essence, making them eligible for building tax credits.

A unique service offered by Gepetto is the hand-turning of solid wood rounds for historic restoration projects. They recreate damaged or worn parts in their Charlottesville, VA shop, emphasizing the custom, handmade nature of their work, which is a critical aspect of their business approach.

Meeting the needs of customers for turned wood products in the round that provide handmade millwork for one-off orders up to thousands of pieces, Gepetto Millworks demonstrates a commitment to quality, customization, and preservation of historical integrity in woodworking. Their capacity to handle diverse and complex projects, combined with their craftsmanship and expertise in historic restoration, positions them uniquely to cater to a wide range of customer needs in the field of custom woodwork.

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