Our goal is to
work in partnership with you to turn your vision into our finished
product. We make every attempt to offer a variety of options and approaches
to a project in order to be flexible for individual schedules and
budgets. We accept specific assignments or segments of a project,
and enjoy projects large and small.
The nature of
the work in historic preservation is tremendously unpredictable. Surfaces
dating hundreds of years often have 'surprises' hidden within and
behind them. Earlier work, historic materials, wallpaper, Calcimine
paint, the influence of environment (lack of insulation and heat),
and prior repairs name a few of the conditions that affect estimating
costs of restoration and repairs. For these reasons, we often offer
cost projections in a range (best- and worst-case scenario) for planning
and budgetary purposes, or suggest completing a test area to analyze
the situation more accurately.
clients to participate in their restoration project as actively as
they would like. Clients may choose (for economic or personal interest
reasons) to complete some of the preparatory (washing, protection,
installing wall board) or completion (clean up, washing, priming/painting)
work themselves or even pick up the mixer or a trowel if you like!
Our basic fee
schedule is as follows:
Time + Materials Rate: $55.00-$100.00.
Labor costs are dependent upon the level of expertise required to
complete the work.
- Plaster restoration,
re-attachment, repair and application
of wallboard and lath products
plaster restoration, casting and mold-making
- Paint stripping,
restoring painted historic surfaces, paint application
- On-site Project
written recommendations and reports
We are very willing to travel, and treat travel expenses in a charge-back
manner to the client based on the direct expenses related to the travel
(mileage, airfare, lodging, meals). Typically travel/mileage expense
within New England ranges from $60- $150 per day, in addition to consultation
fees, labor costs for any test areas or work completed, and if overnight
accommodations are provided. You might also "partner" with
another homeowner, contractor or local historic organization to share
you know there are tax programs and grants available for restoration
projects? You may be eligible for funding to assist you
with your costs. If your building was built before 1939, is
on or may be eligible for the National Register of Historic
Places, or is a building within a registered historic district.
Call your State Historic Preservation office for more assistance.
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