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MattInLA

07:36PM | 11/06/06
Member Since: 11/06/06
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I am an insurance appraiser in Los Angeles. I have the unenviable job of appraising historic homes with period details off the richter scale. Marshal and Swift estimating tools are useless. Who out there can estimate the cost of building a barrel vaulted, beam-coffered ceiling, 45 panels yet, with iron hardware, for a Spanish Colonial home built 1927? (Plus I have photos.) Who out there can estimate the cost of replacing solid mahogany crown and baseboard moldings, mahogany paneled wainscotting and curved mahogany staircases, railings, etc, How about CURVED solid mahogany doors? Whew! Is this type of wood even available? Does anybody know anybody who has a clue? Are these skills obsolete? Obviously anything can be built for the right price I guess.............


Billhart

07:53PM | 11/06/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Try asking this over in the Fine Home Building forum.

http://forums.taunton.com/tp-breaktime/messages

And Journal of Light Construction.

http://forums.jlconline.com/forums/index.php

In the Finish Carpentry folder.


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