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Attention to detail is not just making sure trim is mitered tightly and painted smoothly. Attention to detail is required in all stages of a well built house, from design, to planning, to rough construction, thru finish work.

Planning for something as simple as a coat closet light is an example. Do you want a jamb switch that turns on the light when the door is opened? Or is this a closet the kids might be leaving open all the time, in which case a wall switch might be better? Will the closet have double doors? If so, you might want a jamb switch in each door so the light goes on if only one door is opened. Lastly, if you use a jamb switch you will definitely want a light fixture with an electronic ballast so it will go on immediately, whereas in closets with switches you may want to save a little money and use a fixture with a magnetic ballast.

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Installation of cedar siding provides another example. Elevations look best when the bottom edge of the siding (or shingle) lines up with the top of the window head. Usually, however, the distance from the bottom shingle to the top of the first floor window head, and/or the distance between the top of the first and second floor window heads, may not be an even multiple of the siding reveal. In this case the siding reveal needs be varied just slightly so no one will notice, but so that the window heads and shingles line up properly. When done this way the elevation is pleasing to the eye, versus when the window heads and siding do not line up. Although most viewers cannot tell why, they do recognize that one looks better.

Flashing occurs in many places that are not visible, this is one of the reasons it is so important that it be done correctly. Examples include: under brick, including the vertical area where a brick ledge changes height; above windows, where the house wrap must but cut, put over the window flange or brick flashing, and then reattached; and where walls meet roofs, when house wrap needs to be cut – and put over the flashing – to name just a few. Great attention to detail is needed to identify and properly flash these areas to prevent water infiltration.

Top cap and door header
Details of the cased opening here and below reveal several details. Rather than use a small crown above a door or cased opening, we prefer to use a door header and top cap assembly. A crown molding is more appropriate at the top of a wall, this assembly is preferable for an opening.

When the wood flooring strips in a room run perpendicular to an opening and there is a different flooring material on the other side of the opening, the wood flooring that meets the other material must be placed perpendicular to the rest of the wood in the room so that the end grain does not chip. How many woods strips do you use? One? Two?
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We install the strips so that they exactly match the width of the drywall opening. This requires that we cut one of the strips so it fits precisely. A little more time and work, but it looks better.

Double doors at master bedroom entry? Which one should have the astragal and flush bolt (the door that can be locked in place)? The one that appears less convenient to open? Or, might it be the one that provides the most privacy in the bedroom when one door is invariably left open?

These are just a few examples of the literally hundreds of details a good builder should be thinking of.

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