Elm Court's Dining Room

Project: Modular Mountain Retreat, Episode 12, Part 3



Bob catches up on the work in progress at Elm Court. Joe Adams and Ralph McGrath from Owens-Corning are working in a media room installing a QuietZone Acoustyle coffered ceiling. This grid ceiling system is ideal for a media room, since it will greatly reduce noise from audio and visual systems.

Downstairs, Bob joins Sonya and Bob Berle in the grand parlor, one of the most ornate rooms in the house. The tour continues into the adjacent dining room.

Next, Vila and the Berles finish the tour in the kitchen area, where the couple used some stock and some reproduction material to create an authentic butler's kitchen.
Part 1: Installing a Sound-Attenuating Coffered Wood Ceiling
Part 2: Elm Court's Grand Parlor
Part 3: Elm Court's Dining Room
Bob tours one of the Vanderbilt family's most elegant dining rooms. The Berles have restored the ornate plasterwork ceilings and cornices, which were the inspiration for New York's Grand Central Station's ceiling.

The plaster is almost completely original but needed to be re-toothed. The reproduction furnishings, gathered from the US and Western Europe, reflect the style of the home's last addition in 1910.

Many of the windows have original sills, sashes, and hardware, but the glass has been replaced with thermal panes by routing out the existing frames.

The room's colors were chosen with an eye for detail, as a white ceiling would have made the plaster carvings invisible in the brightly-lit room.
Part 4: The Kitchen and Butler's Pantry at Elm Court
Beautifully sited on wooded acreage with breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful countryside in New England, this Arts and Crafts style bungalow certainly doesn't look factory-built. You'd never know it was a modular home unless Bob took you to the Pennsylvania factory where it was built, almost from start to finish.

The house goes down the assembly line from framing, through wiring and plumbing, all the way to the installation of flooring and priming for paint.

The house is trucked to its pre-fabricated foundations on the lot, and start all the finishing touches that will prove that a modular house doesn't have to be a cookie-cutter affair.

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