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Home Trimwork

by Liz Hunter

Home Trimwork President Igor Szczerba

Homeowners are always looking for ways to improve the property in which they have invested, but oftentimes, large-scale renovations just aren’t in the budget. Fortunately, sometimes the simplest details make the biggest difference in the look of a home. Blank walls and ceilings can get a facelift with a little bit of trimwork, creating dimension and interest to a room.

We spoke with third-generation carpenter Igor Szczerba, president of Home Trimwork, a full-service home renovation company specializing in trimwork. Home Trimwork has been servicing customers in the tri-state area for more than eight years, offering renovations or additions for kitchens, baths, basements and outdoor spaces. The company is known as the area’s leading contractor for molding. Szczerba told Suburban Family about the different ways to spruce up a home without breaking the bank or inconveniencing your everyday routine.

What exactly falls into the category of “trimwork” for homes?
Trimwork includes crown molding, wainscoting, window moldings, raised panels, fireplace mantels, built-in bookcases, balusters, chair rails, archways and stairs.

How can touches like these add to a home’s appeal?
Trimwork can give purpose and drama to an area. Walls with plain or awkward corners bring nothing to a home. In any living area, like dining rooms, offices, family rooms and even foyers, these details can trick the eye so it looks like a completely custom-made home. Our clients are always impressed with the end result and it’s something you have to see for yourself to know.

Many people avoid home projects because of the time. What can people expect in the process of a trimwork project?
We can take a room from boring to breathtaking in just a few short days. We recommend letting a design specialist come to your home to discuss the space being considered. It helps to know if you prefer a contemporary or traditional look and we want to keep it in-tune with the rest of your home. Our designer will show samples of our work and a few ideas for your individual project. We help the client visualize what it will look like. Most projects, once we begin, will be completed in as little as three to four days.

Are there any particular trends you’re noticing right now that clients are requesting?
Mantels are very popular right now. It’s getting cooler out and people plan on spending more time around the fireplace, and a facelift can make it a focal point of the living room where your family gathers. Color is also popular. Although many of our clients prefer the white painted finishing, we also offer a natural wood finish, such as cherry or mahogany. The color definitely adds drama.

Another trend is clients requesting to do one room at a time, which helps their budgets. Maybe last year we did their foyer, and this year we’re putting in bookcases.

Because we’ve been in business so long, we’re able to provide a consistent product that will continue from any previous project we handled for you. Our typical project starts at $3,500.

Why is it important to contact a professional for this type of work?
There is a proper process that must be followed for these types of projects. Homeowners should only use a fully insured and licensed company to ensure they get the most reliable service and quality materials.

It’s also important to find a company that can show you a design that truly reflects your vision. You shouldn’t be left looking at their work and realizing it doesn’t flow with the rest of your house, or looks like it was rushed. We make sure to have a connection with our customers throughout the whole process and, of course, we place priority on keeping the project space tidy so it does not interfere with their lifestyle.

For more information and before and after photos, visit or call 1 (800) 888-4467.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 8 (October, 2013).
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