Elm Court's Grand Parlor

Project: Modular Mountain Retreat, Episode 12, Part 2

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
Bob joins Sonya and Bob Berle, owners of Elm Court, for a tour of the ornate grand parlor. When the Berles arrived at Elm Court, the parlor was in severe disrepair, with all of the windows broken and the room exposed to the environment.

The Berles recreated the plasterwork with molds and epoxy from the original pieces left by the vandals. Some of the furniture in the parlor is original to the room and adds to the room's elegance. The centerpiece chaises longues were reupholstered but their bullion fringe is original. The fireplace is slowly being restored as additional stone pieces are found.
Part 3: Elm Court's Dining 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.