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Elm Court's Dining Room
Project: Modular Mountain Retreat, Episode 12, Part 3
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
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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