Jon Van of Van Millwork reflects on the work of providing doors, moldings, stairs, mantels, built-ins, and the many other architectural details that contribute so much to a home.
What, typically, is your role in a design team assembled to create a new room or house?
In general, our job is to assist the design team in finding the most elegant and cost-effective solution to meet their design goals. We offer feedback and make product suggestions based on our knowledge and experience. Take interior doors, for instance. There are many factors to consider in choosing a door: the design, of course, but also the type of construction—how it is manufactured—and different price points. Then there are issues of availability and lead time, especially if people don’t start looking at interior finish until very late in the project (which can be a big mistake).