It is not how you start, but how you finish

Our story so far: One of our contractors working at the old Methodist church connected us with Trim Guy, who showed up just in time to avert a marital spat and was willing to help us choose trim.

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trim book
Trim: Where an inch matters.

Tyler and Trim Guy talked about the differences between primed fiberboard and Gesso-coated pine while I flipped through a book that looked like it could be a shapes primer for toddlers. It was filled with backbands, bar rails, base caps, bases, brick mould, casings, casing blocks, chair rails, crowns, crown backers, dentil moulds (dentil moulds?! Shouldn’t those be part of a dentist’s offerings?), jambs, mantel mould, mulls, panel moulds, rope moulding, specialty millwork, stops, and tongue & vee groove. That would be everything from B to V. Every bit of it came in different sizes and thicknesses.


No wonder I didn’t know what to write down.

Fortunately, Trim Guy read hand signals. I talked with my hands a lot and pointed around the room, and he figured out what we needed, including flexible matching trim we could use around the round top of our front door in the entryway. How clever! Who knew such a thing existed? Trim Guy knew, and he knew what it was called. He proceeded to walk the entire church making measurements.

Then he sent us a quote.

Which looked a lot like Sanskrit. Except for the bottom line. Which was infinitely understandable.

Here’s what I mean about the foreign language. One of the lines on the quote read this way:

520   LF   18136-OG-B 4-1/4” CASING FIRST FLOOR   1.520   790.40

How do you even know if you’re getting the stuff you want?

The bottom line was an eye-popper. The first digit was a 5. Like so many other construction materials, we weren’t just buying “trim,” we were buying casing and fascia and crown moulding and base board and chair rails and something called “pop,” and every piece had a price, and it was priced by the foot. (And that didn’t count the two boxes of nails in which we’d probably be investing, too.)

Naturally, when we were enjoying tequila and jotting dream numbers on a piece of notebook paper in the fall when we first saw the church, we didn’t budget for trim. And even if had, we probably wouldn’t have budgeted $5,000.

But we had to have trim. And Big Box basic maple trim wouldn’t do the job in the vision we had for the church.

So we squirmed and harrumphed and eventually called Trim Guy to place an order for 2216-CB fascia  and 24136-A-CR crown and a bunch of other indiscernible stuff, whatever it was.

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Tomorrow: Fortunately, not every bit of detail is going to cost us an arm and a leg. See it here.

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