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Wainscoting Your Home (and Applied Molding Wainscoting)

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The texture and look of your walls shouldn’t be bare; bare walls aren’t just unattractive, they are remarkably and notably unattractive. What this means is that when you leave your walls unattended, everyone will notice. Guests, family, friends, and the inevitable homebuyers when you decide to sell will take note of the fact that your walls are bare, uninteresting, and indeed, just downright boring. Your hoe will subsequently lack character and flair, and that’s something that people like to see in a home. As such, many homeowners choose to have wainscoting on their walls.

What is Wainscoting and Why Do I Want It?

Wainscoting, if you don’t already know, is molding that is applied to the side of your wall. Unlike the molding that we sometimes see at the base or top of a wall, wainscoting tends to be below the waist but still well above the floor. Designs, repeated patterns, and straight lines are not uncommon ways of shaping wainscoting. Yet it is a difficult-to-do (and therefore not DIY-friendly, oftentimes) and often expensive addition to any home, which is why you see it so rarely these days. Why bother with such niceties when they can be such a pain?

The Choice is Rather Clear

That’s why we and so many others use applied molding wainscoting. The molding is applied directly to the drywall, which is vastly more affordable than your typical wainscoting. Rather than making wainscoting an afterthought, however, this makes it something that has to be considered when building the home itself; thus, you should educate yourself further on wainscoting, applied wainscoting, and the cost benefits of the latter.

If you find that this is something that you would like to have included in your home, make sure that you ask for it before that home is finished! That being said, once your home is painted and the interior is lived-in, nobody will be able to tell the difference between typical wainscoting and applied molding wainscoting!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com