From dull and drab to white and bright...Take a peek inside a cottage kitchen makeover on a budget.
Are you looking to create more storage in your home, but feel limited by your awkward or small space? Custom cabinets and shelving can provide the storage you need with the style and character that reflect your personal taste.
When it comes to maximizing storage in your home, think about the awkward, unused spaces you have, including:
Slender Spaces in Your Kitchen or Bathroom
Have an awkward, slender space in your kitchen or bathroom? It’s the perfect place for a pull-out storage component. Use it for a small pantry in your kitchen, or to organize toiletries, medicines, and other smaller essentials in your bathroom. “We can size it to your exact needs and build it with materials that either coordinate with your existing cabinets or stand out as an accent piece,” says Simon Thomas, supervisor at The Woodworks, Cormack Construction’s woodworking division.
Open Space Under Your Stairs
That unusable space under your stairs? It’s the perfect place to add some custom shelving. Use it to shelve books or display your favorite collections. “We can cut shelves to fit perfectly under your stairs, creating a custom built-in unit that will add both functionality and beauty to your home,” Thomas explains.
Attic with Slanted Ceilings
Attics provide outstanding storage opportunities, but what about those slanted ceilings? The Woodworks’ custom design team will help you maximize your storage space with custom shelving that looks like it has been there all along.
The best thing about custom cabinets and shelving is that you have full control over both functionality and style. Because each piece is designed specifically for your home, it will meet your functional needs and suit your personal aesthetic. “At The Woodworks, our customers can choose whatever wood, finish, or fixtures they want, making each piece we build uniquely theirs,” Thomas points out. Custom cabinets and shelving are going to cost more than what you might pay in a store, but they are designed according to your specific wants and needs, and built to last.
Do you need more storage in your home, but feel limited by your small or awkward space? Contact the professional craftsmen at The Woodworks. With custom cabinets and shelving, we can help you maximize your home’s storage space.
Custom trim, built-ins, and millwork by Cormack Construction infuse warmth, personality, and character into this stunning lakeside guest house.
We spend a lot of time in our homes in the cold winter months. And during this time, you may find yourself dreaming up new ways to refresh and spruce up the inside of your home. Custom trim and millwork from Cormack Construction is a great way to add character to your home without breaking the bank.
Many newer homes lack the character of the homes of yesteryear. Whether you want to add some personality to your newer home or return some character to an older home that has had it’s architectural details swapped out for a trendier design, Cormack is here to help.
“When it comes to custom trim and millwork, you are only limited by your imagination,” explains Simon Thomas, who heads up The Woodworks, Cormack’s woodworking division. From an arched door header with keystone accents in your study, to beadboard wainscoting in your laundry room, to multi-pieced custom molding in your dining room–Cormack’s skilled craftsmen can create whatever custom trim and millwork you want.
If you’re thinking about adding some custom trim and millwork to your home, do a little research. “Chances are, there are some ideas out there you haven’t thought of,” Thomas says. Sites like Pinterest, offer some great inspiration, including “before and after” photos, which nicely illustrate how custom trim and millwork can add personality and character to your home. Looking to add even more personality and character to your home with custom built-ins, shelving, or window seats? The Woodworks can do that, too.
Right now, much of your attention is focused on the inside of your home. But in the warmer months, you may turn your thoughts toward sprucing up your home’s exterior. In addition to creating interior custom trim and millwork, The Woodworks can craft novelty siding for your home, as well as hand-carved custom doors, window boxes, and more.
The Woodworks creates custom trim and millwork and timeless, high-end carpentry to make your home visually stunning and uniquely yours. Contact the professionals at Cormack Construction today to discuss your millwork and carpentry needs.
Cormack’s Doug Haver and his daughter Amy.
At Cormack Construction, we’re committed to making our community a better place to live and work. We encourage our employees to volunteer their time and expertise, and do what we can to support their efforts. Every day, Cormack’s employees are lending a hand in the community. This month’s blog highlights the volunteer contributions of Cormack Construction Project Supervisor Doug Haver, who has been an instructor with the Eastern Mountain Slope Ski Club for nearly 25 years.
Doug, who has been skiing since the age of 12, began volunteering with Eastern Mountain Slope Ski Club when his son Dustin was in elementary school. “My son was in the alpine skiing program at King Pine and I really wanted to teach him,” he says. Doug continued with the program, eventually teaching his daughter Amy how to ski as well.
The sport continued to be a big part of both of his children’s lives. Dustin, now 32, eventually traded in his skis for a snowboard. Amy, now 29, followed in her father’s footsteps, serving as an adaptive ski program instructor during college. When she’s not chasing her busy 14-month-old son, Amy still hits the slopes. Doug says he’s looking forward to teaching his grandson how to ski. “We’ll get him skiing for sure,” he says.
Following the holidays, Doug will begin his twenty-fifth season of teaching local kids how to ski. Every Tuesday, he’ll leave work early to hit the slopes with budding skiers from Madison Elementary School. “I really enjoy the kids and getting out and skiing with them. It’s a lot of fun,” he says. “At a time when kids are spending way too much time inside with their electronics, we’re thrilled to support Doug in his efforts to get kids active outside,” says Cormack Construction founder Gordon Cormack, who once volunteered as a ski instructor with the program.
The oldest ski club in the United States, Eastern Mountain Slope Ski Club was founded in 1935. With support from countless local businesses and over 400 volunteers, the non-profit organization provides skiing and snowboarding opportunities to over 1500 elementary school children in the Mount Washington Valley. “I’m really glad to be a part of the club. It’s a great organization and I really enjoy working will all of its volunteers,” Doug says.
Teaching kids how to ski isn’t the only way Doug gives back to his community. He also volunteers with the Madison Historical Society, where he cares for historic grave yards, many of which had been long forgotten. In addition, he serves as a volunteer land monitor with the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.
Doug has been with Cormack Construction for over 30 years. He’s the perfect example of the kind of hard-working, committed, and caring people who make up Cormack’s award-winning team.
When he’s not building and remodeling homes at Cormack or volunteering within the community, Doug enjoys alpine and cross country skiing, sailing, hiking, and motorcycling.
The objects you have in your house—including your furniture—are what make it your home. Each piece of furniture you carefully selected or inherited from a loved one defines your style and taste. Following years of use and enjoyment, your favorite furniture will inevitably lose its luster and begin to look worn. Some pieces may even break, tempting you to throw them away. This is where furniture repair and restoration with The Woodworks comes in.
Our skilled craftsmen can save your favorite pieces of furniture—whether it’s an expensive bookcase that’s looking tired, or a cherished family heirloom in need of major repair.
Before and After: A long-term Cormack client purchased this beautiful antique credenza in France several years ago. Unfortunately, it was later stained with an unknown substance—possibly some kind of ink. Thomas refinished the piece, bringing it back to its original beauty.
“Whether you’re looking to update your furniture to suit your new decor, or repair and restore a piece of heirloom furniture to its original glory, we can help,” says Simon Thomas, shop foreman at The Woodworks, Cormack Construction Management’s custom carpentry and millwork division. In his 30-year career, Thomas has carved, built, and repaired furniture throughout the world and enjoys bringing this experience to each piece he repairs or restores.The Woodworks’ Furniture Repair and Restoration Process
Thomas and his experienced team of craftsmen use a meticulous process to ensure your furniture is repaired and restored to your exact specifications:
“We can breathe new life into virtually any piece of furniture, so you can enjoy it for years to come,” Thomas says.
If you’ve got furniture that needs repair or restoration, contact the furniture repair and restoration experts at The Woodworks. You can trust even your most cherished heirloom furniture with our experienced team. We guarantee that your finished product will meet—or exceed—your expectations!
Your kitchen cabinets have served your family well over the years, but they are looking a little worn and dated. Want to spruce up your kitchen in time for the holidays, without spending a lot of money? Cabinet refinishing might be the perfect solution for you!
Replacing your kitchen cabinets takes time and is a significant financial investment. Cabinet refinishing can be done in a lot less time–frequently within a week–for a lot less money. Want to spruce up your kitchen before the holidays? Contact the Cormack team.
BEFORE: Worn cabinets, dated hardware, and old tile flooring.
AFTER: Refinished cabinetry, updated hardware, and wide-board flooring.
You can have your kitchen cabinets refinished with very little disruption to your home and family. The Cormack team will remove all of your kitchen cabinet hinges, doors, and drawers, and bring them to our woodworking shop, The Woodworks. There, our team of craftsmen will thoroughly clean, sand, and prep your cabinetry for re-staining or re-painting. Your cabinets will have an updated, fresh look with a durable, washable finish that will provide many more years of use. We can either spray paint your existing cabinet hardware—drawer pulls, knobs, and hinges—or help you select replacements that better suit your desired look. New cabinet hardware can have a dramatic impact on the overall style of your kitchen.
When it comes to sprucing up your kitchen, you are only limited by your imagination. In addition to refinishing your cabinets, the Cormack team can add new trim and molding details, or additional cabinetry to match your existing kitchen. While we’re there, we can also replace your floor or countertops.
If your current kitchen cabinets meet your storage and aesthetic wants and needs and are in good structural shape (doors are not warped and drawers are not falling apart), then cabinet refinishing might be a great option for you.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of cabinet refinishing? Contact the Cormack team at 603.367.8272 or visit us online.
You’ve got an older home and you’re wondering if you should renovate it or tear it down and build a new one. Although this is a very common question, there really isn’t a common answer that applies to every situation. In this month’s blog, the experts at Cormack Construction share five important factors to consider when deciding to renovate or build new.
One of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to renovate or build new is the overall structural integrity of your home. But how can you tell if your home has structural problems? Take a good look at it from both the inside and outside and ask the following questions:
“If your home rests on a crumbling or lopsided foundation, I would recommend tearing it down and starting over,” says Pam Clemons-Keith, project manager at Cormack Construction.
Think your home has structural issues? Contact the Cormack team to schedule a free home inspection.
If there is water in your basement or crawlspace, or signs of major water damage throughout your home, you may want to rebuild. Why? Because if you have water damage, you very likely have mold, which can be dangerous to your health and costly to remediate. Get a few quotes from mold remediation specialists so you know what you should expect to spend.
Crown molding, pocket doors, built-in storage, and arched entrance ways…These characteristics and rarely found in today’s homes. If you’re set on keeping these original details, you should think about renovating your home. However, keep in mind that not all old homes are worth saving. “If your home is more than 75 years old, you need to look at it with a critical eye,” Clemons-Keith says. Hire a professional to thoroughly inspect your plumbing, water, and electrical systems. If they are in poor condition, you might want to build a new home.
When deciding whether to renovate or rebuild, you need to take a hard look at the numbers. A renovation isn’t always your most cost effective option. “Anytime you renovate, you have to prepare for the unexpected—from unseen mold and rot, to electrical problems, to structural issues,” Clemons-Keith explains. “The last thing you want to do is get swallowed up in a money pit, she adds.
If you have an historic home or live in an historic district, there may be restrictions on what you can do to your home. Tearing it down may not be an option. And even in situations where rebuilding is permitted, the approval process can be cumbersome and time-consuming.
Clearly, the decision to renovate or rebuild needs to be made on a case-by-case basis. If you own an older home and are thinking about renovating or rebuilding, contact the professionals at Cormack Construction. We’ll help walk you through the decision making process. Contact us today for a free consultation.
You live in a beautiful home and you want to keep it that way. But for most busy people, it’s really hard to stay on top of ongoing home maintenance tasks and projects. In many cases, you lack either the tools or the time. This is where the professionals at Cormack Construction can help.
If you’re not quite sure where to begin with your home projects, schedule a home maintenance assessment with the Cormack team. Similar to a home inspection, a home maintenance assessment will identify any maintenance needs or potential problems with your home, including:
Like anything of value, your home needs ongoing care and maintenance. And even if you neglect the smallest problem, it can quickly become a bigger and more expensive problem. For example, if you have a pile up of leaves and weed growth on the side of your home, you could develop moisture issues. Over time, this could lead to mold growth, which can cause both health and financial concerns.
Perhaps your home looks okay on the outside, but your energy bills are through the roof…In this case, Cormack can conduct a blower door test to identify where more insulation is needed, and what steps should be taken to make your home more energy efficient.
Speaking of your roof—do you have any moss or debris that needs removing? Don’t put it off. This can also cause serious moisture issues. Let Cormack’s team of professionals take care of the debris and moss removal so you can enjoy your beautiful home.
Owning a home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Cormack Construction is here to help you retain the value of your home and enjoy its beauty for years to come. Contact us today to schedule your home assessment.
You love your home and want to live there as long as you can. But as you age, your home may not provide what you need to live a comfortable, safe, and independent life. Thanks to a trend called “aging in place,” many older adults are able to live in their own homes through retirement and beyond. In this month’s blog, we discuss how the Cormack team is helping older adults maintain their independence with aging in place remodeling and construction.
Simply put, aging in place is continuing to safely, comfortably, and independently live in your home, regardless of your age or level of ability. This is achieved through carefully planned home remodeling and construction.
“Aging in place allows older adults to remain in a comfortable and familiar environment throughout their maturing years, enjoying the everyday experiences of life,” says Cormack Construction President Gordon Cormack, a certified aging in place specialist.
According to a recent AARP study, nearly 90 percent of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their own home as they age and avoid moving to an assisted living facility.
To help older adults safely age in place, Cormack remodels and builds homes that foster an independent lifestyle. Oftentimes, just a few essential changes can make a home easier and safer to live in, including:
“At Cormack, we’re finding that more and more people are remodeling and building with an eye toward the future,” Cormack says, pointing out that many second home buyers in their forties and fifties are choosing plans that will fit their future needs. “Even families with young children are opting for first floor bedrooms, zero-entry showers, and other aging in place features for their homes,” he adds.
The obvious benefit of aging in place is that it allows older adults to maintain their independence. A recent AARP survey found that forty-two percent of seniors who want to stay at home cited “living by their own rules” as their number one reason for aging in place. But aging in place can also have significant financial benefits. Staying at home—especially in a house with little or no mortgage payments—can be substantially less expensive than living in a facility.
As a certified aging in place specialist, Gordon Cormack has the experience and training to design and build barrier-free, yet aesthetically pleasing living environments. Whether you’re planning to build a new home or remodel an existing one, the Cormack Construction team can help you design a space that will comfortably accommodate your needs through your retirement years and beyond. Contact us today to learn more about the many benefits of aging in place.
Your home and everything in it reflect your style and personality. And sometimes it’s not easy to find what you need to give your house the look and functionality you need to make it your home. This is where custom-made furniture and built-ins can make all the difference. In this month’s Cormack Construction blog, we discuss some of the many benefits of custom-made furniture and built-ins.
If you are not too particular about your furniture or don’t have the time to select a specific design for your home, then ready-made furniture is probably best for your needs. However, if you have very specific requirements or are looking for a unique piece that fits your exact space and style needs, custom-made furniture and built-ins are for you.
1. Provide Unique Design Options
When you purchase custom-made furniture and built-ins from experienced craftsmen, you will get pieces that reflect your personal style.“Through the use of 3-D design, we are helping our customers design furniture according to their specific needs, requirements, preferences, and style,” says Simon Thomas, shop foreman at The Woodworks, a division of Cormack Construction in Madison, NH. “And they get to see exactly what it will look like before we even start building it,” he adds.
To bring some of the homeowner’s personality into this kitchen, Cormack Construction incorporated paddles into the design of these custom cabinets.
2. Maximize Your Space
It can be really difficult to find furniture that fits your exact space requirements, particularly if you have a small or awkward space to fill. Custom furniture and built-ins are designed to maximize your space, whether it’s an empty wall in need of built-in shelving, or a corner of the room where ready-made furniture pieces don’t quite fit. “We can design custom furniture and built-ins to fit any space,” Thomas notes.
This stylish and functional built-in trundle bed and storage area was designed by Julie Fergus and built by Simon Thomas for a small condo. The bedding and pillows were also custom-made for the project.
3. Built to Last
Custom-made furniture and built-ins are constructed with high quality materials, and are made to last. To keep the cost down, ready-made furniture is typically made of inferior quality materials.
If you are looking for custom-made furniture or built-ins for your home or business, contact the professionals at Cormack Construction. The Wood Works team can create custom cabinets, built-in furniture, bookcases, shelving, and staircases—in fact, any interior woodwork you need. We are centrally located in Madison, New Hampshire, close to the Lakes Region, the White Mountains, and western Maine, but we deliver and install throughout northern New England. Contact us today!
In this month’s blog, we introduce you to Simon Thomas, shop foreman at The Wood Works, Cormack Construction Management’s custom carpentry and millwork division.
Simon has spent his entire adult life working with wood. And his passion for crafting beautiful custom carpentry and millwork has provided many adventures and opportunities along the way.
He began his career in his homeland of London, England. After studying carpentry and woodworking in high school and college, and completing a 4-year apprenticeship, Simon was qualified to work in the industry. An early job allowed him to travel extensively throughout England and Europe, where he completed long-term, custom projects for a large cabinet company. “I got to live in many different places—including Paris, Dublin, and Zurich—and experience a variety of cultures,” he notes.
In early 2000, while vacationing in the U.S., Simon was introduced to Gordon Cormack, founder and owner of Cormack Construction. “I was immediately impressed with the outstanding quality of Gordon’s work and his commitment to his clients. I knew I wanted to move to the states and Cormack Construction provided the perfect opportunity for me and my young family,” Simon says. Gordon was equally impressed with Simon’s work ethic and experience. “Simon’s level of professionalism and commitment to excellence is a tremendous asset to the Cormack team. He is a big part of the growth The Wood Works continues to experience,” Gordon says.
Today, Simon runs The Wood Works, overseeing the work of two full-time employees. Together, they have nearly 60 years of experience. Simon says he enjoys working at The Wood Works because the projects he manages are just as unique as his customers. “Every day presents new projects and new challenges.” It doesn’t matter how long you’ve done this—there’s always a challenge and I like that,” he says.
Part of the challenges Simon and his team face is coming up with unique ways to make his customers’ dreams a reality. He recalls one customer who wanted wood counter tops. “We ended up using tineo, an exotic, rare wood from South America. Our team created a beautiful, yet durable custom countertop for the client, who was thrilled with the result,” he adds.
Simon and The Wood Works team have a rare skill set in both millwork and carpentry. With the help of 3-D design they can build virtually any type of custom furniture a client wants. “If they can dream it, we can build it,” he says. They also create custom built-ins, trim, and other finish work.
Simon says he enjoys combining his creativity, experience, and skills to help clients get their dream homes. “It’s what makes coming to work fun,” he says.
The Wood Works combines traditional craftsmanship with the latest tools and technology—including 3-D design—to create custom furniture, trim, and other millwork. If you want to learn more about Simon or The Wood Works’ custom millwork and carpentry services, contact us at 603.367.8272 or visit us online.
Photos of Simon Thomas: Tim Shellmer
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