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Builder Highlight: Smithouse Construction

As a leading local builder material supplier for over 100 years, National Lumber has had the privilege of getting to form relationships with builders across the Baltimore and DC metro areas. It’s our pleasure to highlight the great work they do. We spoke with Shawn Saffran, a Project Manager for Smithouse Construction, about their company and the latest project they’ve undertaken.

About Smithouse Construction

Founded in 2005, Smithouse focuses on home renovation and large-scale remodeling projects for clients across the Baltimore metro area. Smithouse’s guiding principle is improving the quality of people’s lives by improving the quality of life in their living spaces. They are a full custom remodeler who works on a variety of project sizes. Additionally, Smithouse is a design-build company, meaning they can take a client’s project from concept to completion all in-house. Their designers work hand-in-hand with the building team to ensure each project achieves the vision that was conceptualized with the homeowner.

Product Selection

Product selection is a crucial task for any builder, and Shawn explained Smithouse’s preference for products that bring longevity and quality to each build. Instead of simply letting price guide their product choice decisions, the Smithouse team incorporates products that will stand the test of time. This mindset is applied to product selection throughout the process, down to the framing lumber. Even if the items aren’t part of the visible finishes and facade the client directly interacts with, it’s still important to the Smithouse Construction team that they select products that will bring out the most potential in each project.

Current Project: Timonium Large-Scale Remodel

We spoke with Shawn at the job site of their current project, a large remodel and home extension that touched nearly every room of the house. The project began as a main house kitchen and master suite renovation but soon evolved to include a full addition in the form of a suite for the owner’s mother. Built above the newly added three-car garage, the space was tailored for aging-in-place, and to allow ample space for the whole family to co-exist. Additional elements continued to emerge organically, including a new second-floor deck, a sunroom, full window replacements, a covered porch featuring an outdoor fireplace, and outdoor hardscaping. The added suite features a full kitchen as well. The project is a perfect encapsulation of Smithouse’s ability to handle large-scale renovation projects. It also highlights the flexibility of their design-build process, which is able to meet the challenges of a remodel that evolves over the course of the project.

Work With National Lumber

Smithouse has worked with National Lumber to supply materials for a variety of their jobs over the years. For their current Timonoum project, National Lumber provided framing lumber, trim, and decking materials. Shawn highlighted the service provided by Andy on our sales team, who stepped in to manage their needs after their previous rep departed from the team. Throughout the pandemic, his responsiveness and clear communication helped prep the Smithouse team to predict lead times, and get orders in at the right time during tumultuous price fluctuations. We’re proud to supply a great team like Smithouse Construction, and we’re excited to see the great projects they have in store in the future.

We’d like to thank Shawn Saffran of Smithouse for taking the time to speak with us. If you’re ready to get started on your next project, the team at National Lumber is here to meet your building material needs. Contact us today to get started.

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Kitchen Design Trends for Fall 2021

A crucial piece of thoughtful kitchen design is monitoring incoming and outgoing trends, and incorporating these trends into the designs offered to homeowners. At National Lumber, we make it our mission to keep track of what’s new in the world of kitchen design so you can create modern, inspired spaces that will appeal to homeowners. Here is our round-up of kitchen design trends for fall 2021.

Walk-In Pantry

The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns made many homeowners deeply aware of how space is utilized and maintained throughout their homes. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and excessive clutter can sour the feelings we harbor about one of the most essential places in the house. While a walk-in pantry may not at first seem like a necessary design piece, a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 81% of homeowners identified this feature as either essential or desirable in their kitchen builds. Walk-in pantries can utilize smart design decisions, such as the build-out shown above from our friends at Done Construction, which adds both pantry space and hidden appliance compartments.

Double-Sinks

That same NAHB survey identified another item of particular importance to consumers: the double sink. In fact, over 4 in 10 consumers say a double-sink is an essential feature for their kitchens. This is not necessarily surprising. Maximizing space is important for any kitchen design, and a double-sink helps make it easier for homeowners to keep kitchen spaces decluttered. It’s a multi-function design piece that adds value to any home and attracts the attention of homeowners.

Wood Grain Finishes

For a while, it seemed like the trend was to conceal authentic woodgrain textures behind colored finishes to add a flourish to kitchen buildouts. However, for the kitchen design trends for fall 2021, we want to highlight the resurgence in embracing wood grain finishes. More and more we’re seeing homeowners embrace cabinetry that offers an authentic wood style, while still maintaining an elegant appearance. These wood finishes offer a unique way to set your kitchen builds apart from where the general consensus remains.

Handleless Kitchens

In many ways, modern kitchen design is about how it can differentiate and distinguish itself from previous iterations and trends. One of the most prominent examples of this is in handleless kitchen designs, which move away from the distinct hardware pieces that normally accompany cabinetry. Instead, we’re given smooth, free-flowing surfaces that use push-open or recessed handles to operate. This trend may not be for everyone, but it does present some indication of the direction cabinetry may be headed down the road.

Greens Take the Spotlight

We love this shade from Wolf Home’s Classic line

In our blog about kitchen design trends for 2020, we highlighted how blues were becoming a prominent color scheme for kitchen cabinetry, as well as backsplashes and other elements. This year, we’d like to highlight the turn towards greens as a great color scheme to bring kitchen designs alive. Greens help highlight the emphasis on thoughtful, natural builds that give the kitchen a distinct identity within the home. Whether a softer palette green or something more bold and bright, we think green is a color that can readily be brought into kitchen builds. It’s a great example of how the kitchen design trends for fall 2021 offer tons of flexibility to builders in creating unique visions for a finished product. However, don’t wait on finding the right cabinet options for your builds. As one of the most in-demand building materials, some brands are seeing lead times as long as six months for cabinet orders. Be sure to chat with the kitchen experts at National Lumber to stay up-to-date on the latest lead times.

Embracing new design trends can be a great way for builders to attract homeowners, and explore new design philosophies. Regardless of your preferred design method, it’s always important to have the best materials suited to each job. The team at Design Center by National Lumber works with builders and homeowners to bring their kitchen design visions to life. Contact our team today to get started on your next project.

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Why Builders Choose Masonite Doors

The quality of your finished build can be impacted by the quality of the products you choose. Many builders go through a process of trial and error to select the products that best benefit their projects. At National Lumber, we work with our builders to identify which products will best meet their needs. Today, we want to highlight one such manufacturer that has become the builder’s standard for interior doors (while also carving their own name in exterior doors). Today, let’s look at why builders choose Masonite.

About Masonite

For over 95 years, Masonite has provided celebrated interior and exterior door products to builders and homeowners across the country. Since its inception, Masonite has believed that doors can do more. By focusing on design, durability, security, and functionality, Masonite has long been a pioneer in door technology, creating door products that meet the changing needs of builders and homeowners.

An Overview of Masonite’s Products

Masonite offers a diverse lineup of products tailored to the individual needs of your project, budget, and build type. Let’s take a look at some of the product lines on offer at Masonite

Masonite Classics

Masonite Classics offers molded panel door designs that can complement any space, offering design flexibility, a higher density profile, and enhanced durability helping it resist cracking, warping, and shrinking. Choose from smooth or textured styles that will fit your aesthetic needs.

Masonite Select

Available in Riverside, Saddlebrook, and Cheyenne variations, Masonite Select doors bring timeless design to the table, offering the authenticity and gorgeous look of authentic wood doors while offering the structural and durability advantages of composite wood options. The smooth surface is perfect for those looking to customize the doors with colors of their choice.

Livingston

With Livingston, you get a unique, timeless design that perfectly fits the needs of any home. Available in a full range of passage and bifold door options. Customers can customize with a Safe N Sound solid core construction, to improve durability and increase soundproofing.

Safe N’ Sound

Masonite’s Safe N’ Sound solid core door technology can reduce sound in a home by as much as 25%. Ideal for bath and bedrooms where privacy is key, these eco-friendly engineered doors can increase a homeowner’s resale value over hollow-core doors.

West End

Chic and modern, Masonite’s West End collection is inspired by European design philosophies. Embrace a clean, simple design that can fit a variety of home and decor styles.

Heritage Series

This trendy flat-panel-designed series helps complement a variety of decor, combining the classic lines of wood shaker doors with the durability and advancements of composite doors.

Vistagrande

One of Masonite’s premier exterior door offerings, the Vistagrande series integrates flush-glazed construction with a clean, contemporary style, yielding up to 18% more viewing area. Its True Square-Edge construction creates a beautiful, authentic wood appearance while not sacrificing any of the advantages of composite doors.

Belleville

It’s not hard to see why builders choose Masonite when you consider beautiful designs such as the Belleville series. This exterior door offers the durability and protection of a fiberglass build with a smooth surface ideal for painting.

Steel Doors

With a decorative panel design that imitates real wood doors, Masonite’s steel door offering ensures you don’t have to choose between durability and style. Get the ultimate level of door security at an economic price.

So, Why Do Builders Choose Masonite?

These varied offerings are just some of the door series Masonite offers. They bring to the table flexibility, customizability, and options tailored to any kind of project build you have. As the leader in innovative door technologies, Masonite has stayed ahead of the curve in offering its customers doors that serve as more than just an entryway.

If you’re ready to start building with Masonite products today, contact the team at National Lumber. Our door experts will help you select the Masonite options perfect for your next project.

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Builder Highlight: Four Twelve Roofing

It’s always a privilege to collaborate with talented builders making their mark on the Baltimore and DC areas. For this builder highlight, we spoke with Sam Frank, Co-Owner of Four Twelve Roofing about their growth across Baltimore.

About Four Twelve Roofing

Founded in 2013, Four Twelve provides roofing, decking, and exterior remodeling services to clients across the Baltimore metro area. Initially, Four Twelve began with fix-and-flip remodeling services. However, during this early process, the Four Twelve team identified a need for quality roofing services across Baltimore and pivoted their focus to specialize in roofing and exterior remodeling. They have experienced exponential growth in the last few years, identified as the fastest growing roofing company in the country and the 122nd fastest-growing company overall on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list. Their growth was also celebrated with the top rank on the 2020 Baltimore Business Journal Fast 50.

Project Focus

Within the roofing space, Four Twelve has carved out a focus on flat roofing projects. Baltimore is a city largely made up of rowhomes, and due to their structure, older flat roofs can present many difficulties for homeowners. Four Twelve has built up an expert team that can handle flat roofing projects of any capacity, from narrow single h0mes to commercial-scale projects.

In the realm of exterior remodeling, Four Twelve is well-known for its creative and efficient deck-building services across the city. National Lumber works with Four Twelve to provide the decking materials they need to complete beautiful, thoughtfully-designed decks.

The Value of a Deck in Baltimore City

Sam Frank discussed with us the value homeowners across Baltimore place on decks, and in particular rooftop decks. He expressed that there is a certain sentimentality attached to adding a rooftop deck onto a home, allowing residents to take in views of the city and create an outdoor space in areas of the city where yard space is not common. Additionally, it lends extra livable and entertaining space to narrow rowhomes that may have limited options.

Product Selection

Four Twelve works with two primary types of decking materials, composite decks, and pressure-treated wood decks. Sam identified several differences between the two decking types. Composite comes at a higher price-point than pressure-treated but requires little to no maintenance over time. When building composite decks, Four Twelve utilizes the fantastic composite decking products provided by manufacturers like Fiberon and Wolf Home Products.

Work with National Lumber

Sam Frank stated that it can be difficult at times to find the right supplier that provides excellent customer service and communication in addition to delivering a wide selection of materials on time to job sites. However, he believes the National Lumber team is able to provide all of those aspects in a way the Four Twelve team hasn’t found with other suppliers. He recognizes that this dedication to quality funnels through the level of service the Four Twelve team is able to deliver to their clients. Sam also noted the NL team’s flexibility in being able to provide the materials needed to build fantastic decks, whether it’s top-tier composite products or great lumber for pressure-treated builds.

Outstanding Roofing with Excellent Materials

We’d like to thank Sam Frank for taking the time to speak with us. We’re proud to work with a great team like Four Twelve as they continue to grow and build. If you’re ready to get started on your next project and need the right building materials to get the job done, contact the team at National Lumber today.

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The Advantages of Fiberon Composite Decking

With so many options out there, choosing the right decking brand can be a daunting task for many builders. As traditional wood decking falls out of vogue, the competition within the composite decking space has grown immensely. Today, we’d like to highlight one brand that is making waves in the world of composite decking: Fiberon. What makes Fiberon composite decking products such a great choice? We’ll take a look at a few reasons they’ve become our go-to option.

Sustainability

As sustainability becomes a more important issue among consumers, products like Fiberon’s composite decking have stepped in to provide eco-friendly alternatives to traditional building materials. The composite decking is created from a combination of recycled plastic and wood waste left over from the production of other building materials. This approach helps reduce waste throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. Every year, Fiberon makes use of 100 million pounds of recycled plastic and reuses 98.5% of the waste created from the manufacturing process. This in turn helps save more than 1 million trees from being cut down each year. For comparison, the average wood deck uses about 11 Southern Yellow Pine trees. By opting for a recycled composite option, you’re contributing to the 15,000 football fields worth of healthy forest saved each year.

Builder-Trusted

Fiberon stands out as one of the decking brands builders trust most. This is due to several factors that make it a preferred product of the experts. Easy installation helps save you time on the job site. Despite having a very low amount of product warranty calls, Fiberon still offers a 25-year stain and fade warranty on their deck board products. This dedication to the quality of the product helps instill confidence from builders across the country.

Innovators in the Decking Space

Fiberon composite decking has ushered in some of the most substantial advancements within the decking space, leading other companies to follow suit. Among these innovations are the first multi-tonal and embossed decking boards, the first hidden fastener system, and the industry’s first stain and fade warranty for capped composites. The innovative design means the Fiberon team is always looking to deliver new advancements that help make an outstanding product even better.

Consistent Supply

As a builder, you want to get the job done on time, every time. The last thing you need is an unreliable supply of products that slows your job down. Fiberon’s efficiency of manufacturing and supplying their deck boards has helped National Lumber clients stay building.

A Wide Selection

It’s important to be able to meet the needs of your customers, from color preference to budget. Thankfully, Fiberon’s portfolio of decking options offers varied products across the spectrum of color and price choices to help empower you with flexibility when conceptualizing your next deck build.

Durability That Lasts

With Fiberon composite decking, durability and longevity is the expectation, not the hope. The tough composite material eliminates warping, cracking, splintering, fading, and rotting. This means you’re delivering homeowners a product that will leave them satisfied for many years to come.

National Lumber is Your Go to Supplier of Fiberon Decking

Fiberon is an outstanding product that we recommend to all of our builders. We want you to have the best materials to get the job done, so we stock Fiberon’s fantastic Good Life decking line in four unique colors. If you’re ready to get started on your next decking project, request a quote from the National Lumber team today.

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Builder Highlight: Chance Development

Creating relationships with builders is a cornerstone of our company at National Lumber. We are always excited to establish connections across the Baltimore and DC areas with clients completing fantastic projects. For this article, we chatted with Brian Chance, founder and president of Chance Development, and a builder we’ve worked extensively with.

About Chance Devlopement

Founded in 2012, Chance Development is a construction and remodeling company based in Baltimore. For the past ten years, they’ve worked across the city rehabbing outdated or vacant properties into luxury housing, as well as constructing new builds. While they’ve completed projects in a variety of neighborhoods, their construction is primarily focused on the Canton, Highlandtown, Patterson Park, and Fells Point neighborhoods. Currently, the team completes 10-12 homes on average each year.

About the Founder, Brian Chance

Before founding Chance Development, Brian Chance served on active duty in the US Army for 12 years. After serving his country, Brian was honorably discharged in 2004 and returned to his home city of Baltimore. From a young age, he had a fondness for the construction process. His father worked in the construction industry and would take him to visit job sites in the summer. This interest in construction drove his decision to purchase a house at 2936 Baltimore Street. Brian and his wife lived in the house while fixing it up to eventually flip. After successfully selling the house, Brian founded Chance Development in 2012.

Recent Projects

Chance Development’s work over the past decade has involved rehabbing properties across the city, as well as new-build homes. Recently, they completed and sold 12 luxury, newly-built townhouses at Brewers Green in Canton. The townhouses include two-car garages, consist of four stories, and feature rooftop decks. For this project, National Lumber provided trim, exterior and interior doors, as well as windows. Currently, Brian is also working on building his personal home on Binney Street in Canton, which National Lumber has also supplied with trim, doors, and windows.

Product Preferences

Brian told us that he likes to compare different top brands in each category, but that there is one brand that has come to be his go-to. For windows, Chance Development prefers Marvin. An industry leader in beautiful luxury windows, Brian said they’re his choice due to top-tier product quality. Recently, he flew out to Marvin’s factory in Minnesota and was able to see first-hand the dedication that goes into crafting Marvin windows and doors. The National Lumber team can attest to this fact, as our window experts have been trained alongside the Marvin team to understand the intricacies of each unique product.

Work With National Lumber

The National Lumber team helps supply many projects that Chance Development undertakes. Some materials we provide to them include trim, doors, windows, and more. On working with the National Lumber team, Brian Chance highlighted the dedication from our sales staff to ensure product accuracy and updates on order statuses. He appreciates that staff members like Mario and Kenneth are quick to help schedule appointments for measurements, and keep him updated on the status of his products. He also noted the helpfulness of having an account with National Lumber, which is useful to manage the financial aspects of large projects such as those undertaken by Chance Development.

Chance Development has done over 150 renovations in the ten years since opening its doors, along with 20 new builds. The goal of the company is to invest time, passion, and effort into revitalizing neighborhoods. As Brian noted, he’s from Baltimore, his family lives in Baltimore, his kids go to school here. He is interested in building up Baltimore and bringing out even more of its potential.

We want to thank Brian Chance of Chance Development for taking the time to speak with us. If you would like to get started building your next project, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at National Lumber today.

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What Are Best Types of Windows for Your Home?

When remodeling your home, or having it built from the ground up, there are a lot of important considerations you should have. Among those is your choice about what kind of windows work best with the shape and function of each room in your house. There are a ton of options you have to choose from, and different types of windows serve unique purposes. Today, we’ll take a look at what the best types of windows for your home are.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-Hung Windows from Marvin’s Elevate Collection

Double-hung windows are one of the most common and recognizable window styles, even if you don’t recognize them by that name. Double-hung windows utilize two operating sashes, allowing you to create ventilation from the top or bottom. This flexibility in choice and functionality makes double-hung windows a popular choice for homeowners. The classic yet stylish look is perfect for bedrooms where you want optimal ventilation. Double-hung windows are also one of the most commonly produced types, meaning you’ll have a wide range of manufacturers to choose from.

Casement Windows

Gorgeous casement windows from MI Windows.

Casement windows offer unique functions and optimize clear sightlines to help bring a ton of light in. To operate casement windows, you utilize a crank that creates a vertical opening for ventilation. We love the implementation of casement windows for sitting rooms, bedrooms, and main living spaces as they allow for maximum light to enter each room. Many homeowners appreciate the modern style casement windows offer, and how the vertical openings allow them to more intentionally direct airflow within their homes. One downside to casement windows is that due to their narrow openings, they can be difficult to clean the exterior of. However, some brands, such as Marvin, have found creative solutions that allow you to turn the exterior inside for cleaning. When searching for the best window types for your home, casement windows are a great choice.

Sliding Windows

Modern, wood-framed sliding windows from Marvin.

The simplistic functionality of sliding windows doesn’t take away from their modern, eye-catching appearance. sliding windows function in the same manner as sliding doors, with one panel that slides open to allow for airflow. We love their addition to common spaces such as kitchens and living rooms. The ease of use also provides for clear sightlines and optimal light. If you like to constantly open and close your windows, sliding windows are a style you should take a look at.

Bay and Bow Windows

Plants getting some much needed sun on this bay window from Jeld Wen.

Bay and bow windows are instantly recognizable as centerpieces of the rooms where they’re implemented. These window styles either curved (bay) or flat (bow) and are matched best with rooms where you want ample views outside. They’re a wonderful statement piece for the room where they’re utilized. Homeowners love the way bay and bow windows can create shelf space, increasing the functionality of the window beyond just a way to create ventilation and entry of light. While one of the best types of windows for your home, you should be aware bay and bow windows may require framing work done to your house to properly install.

There are diverse options homeowners have at their disposal when choosing which type of window fits each room. If you want expert advice, don’t hesitate to contact the Window Team at the Design Center by National Lumber. Our team has the knowledge that will help you select which window type and collection from which manufacturer is best for your needs. Contact us today to get started.

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Lumber Forecast Spring 2021

With Spring well underway, it is once again time to take a look at the state of the lumber market. The trends that persisted throughout a record-shattering 2020 have not reversed or slowed down for much of the year as some experts anticipated. However, there has been a gradual slowing very recently that may finally indicate a calming market ahead. Let’s take a look at the lumber forecast for Spring 2021.

Record-Breaking Numbers

By all accounts, 2020 was a shocking year for those in the building material industry, both on the supply and consumption sides. Record highs continued being broken month after month. However, due to the seasonal nature of the building industry, and supply chains rebounding from pandemic related-delays, closures, and understaffing, many industry experts predicted prices would level out and products would be easier to come by. This has not been the case thus far this year. In fact, on May 10th, prices for lumber products hit an all-time high at a record of $1,711 per thousand board feet, and over 200% increase from lumber prices the same time last year when the lumber boom began. Prices continue to rise despite the fact that production shortages have reversed, with February seeing a 13-year high for lumber production. These staggering numbers lead some experts to believe that even if prices go down, they may not fall to pre-boom costs anytime in the foreseeable future.

Calmer Waters Ahead?

While high prices are expected to persist at least through summer, there is some hope that calmer waters are ahead. Following the all-time high seen on May 10th, the prices for lumber futures saw a day-to-day decline every day since. This is encouraging news to builders who are hoping for more pricing stability in the near future. However, due to consistent demand at least through the summer season, the declining futures prices are more indicative of hopeful shifts at least a few months out instead of within the next few weeks.

What Impacts Does This Boom Have On the Industry?

Aside from high prices, issues are primarily existing in the industry right now due to sky-high demand. Mortgage rates continue to remain low, and with homebuyers anxious to take advantage of these rates, home builders are striving to keep up with demand. While production is strong, shipping materials has been a challenge that is creating more delays to get products to distributors. Trucking agencies are experiencing staffing shortages leading to slower deliveries. This issue is compounding with demand to create a perfect storm of high prices and low availability. And all these challenges come as the industry enters its busiest period in the summer months.

What Steps Can Builders Take?

Delays are an inevitable reality of the current state of the market, but they can still be mitigated. Our best advice is for builders to keep lines of communication open with the National Lumber team to ensure we can best meet your needs. Right now, no amount of time is too early to start planning your pr0ject and coordinating orders for the materials you’ll need to get the job done. Our team is working hard to get you the most up-to-date estimates possible and provide delivery timelines with as much accuracy as we can feasibly manage given the current state of the market. By starting early and communicating often, we can help make sure that your projects can continue uninterrupted.

If you’d like to get started, contact the National Lumber team today.

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Project Highlight: City Springs Lofts by Edgemont Builders

Throughout the Baltimore and DC areas, National Lumber gets to work with fantastic contractors on exciting projects that help to revitalize and grow their respective communities. This month, we spoke with Jacob Wittenberg, the President of Edgemont Builders about his team’s in-process build, City Springs Lofts. Let’s take a look at this great mixed-use build National Lumber helped supply materials for.

About Edgemont Builders

Based in Baltimore City, Edgemont Builders has quickly become one of the area’s most efficient and effective general contracting firms. They specialize in single-family, multifamily, and light commercial construction projects. Some of their recent projects have included the Station Arts Townhomes in Station North and the conversion of an old Lutheran church into The Luther Apartments.

About City Springs Lofts

Located in the Washington Hill neighborhood, the building that is becoming City Springs Lofts has gone through many iterations throughout its history. Constructed in the early 20th century, the large building was first put into use as a burlap bag factory by Chaim Lubin. Later on, in its lifespan, the building served as the used car-operations center of Eastern Automotive and was home to Reece’s Chairs, a furniture manufacturer. The building has quite a history, and City Springs Lofts is striving to incorporate elements of that deep history within the design. Consisting of 15 apartments and two-store front spaces, Jacob noted their interest in the property was driven by its proximity to downtown and Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as the historic features of the building. The apartments are primarily one-bedroom units, and the project is being co-developed by Daniel Kamenetz.

Unique Design Elements of City Springs Lofts

It was important to the team at Edgemont Builders to incorporate elements of the historic building while still crafting modern living spaces that would be desirable to tenants. There are several elements that pay homage to the original building, and provide a unique living experience for residents. One key element is the different windows used throughout the building. These include the large, historic factory windows which were built with custom wood to match the integrity of the original factory window design. The historic storefront windows were built in place, and elsewhere, windows make use of refurbished historic wood to evoke elements of the building’s classic features. Throughout the building, other touches of the original design will standout to residents. The high ceilings are unique to remodeled buildings of this nature and help make living areas feel more spacious and inviting. There are also lofted spaces on the west side of the building, and an exposed roof structure that helps add another historic touch.

Work With National Lumber

National Lumber has maintained a strong relationship with the Edgemont Builders team for over a decade, and we’re always excited to see what unique project they’re working on next. For the City Springs Lofts project, National Lumber supplied dimensional lumber, interior doors, and interior trim, as well as cabinetry. Additionally, we built two custom skylights for the project. Our team is always honored to work with great builders like Edgemont, and we can’t wait to see the finished project this April.

If you’re ready to get started on your next project, contact the National Lumber team for all of your building material needs.

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A Closer Look at Fiberon Good Life Decking

Spring is almost upon us, and for many builders, that means decking season is fast approaching. The purchase of decking materials boomed throughout 2020 as homeowners invested in their living spaces. To meet this increased demand, the team at National Lumber has brought in more top-tier decking lines to meet the needs of our customers. Today, we’re excited to highlight the Fiberon Good Life Decking we now stock. This composite decking line comes in beautiful colors with great durability features builders and homeowners alike will love. Let’s dive in.

An Overview of Fiberon Good Life Decking

Good Life Decking is a modern composite decking line that offers affordable decking materials without sacrificing quality. Fiberon breaks its Good Life Decking brand into two distinct collections that help give buyers a variance in design styles. The Good Life Weekender Collection presents traditional-styled decking boards that offer classic, monochromatic color options for those looking for a more natural wood imitation. On the other hand, the Escapes Collections conjures the image of tropic getaways with subtle and dramatic streaks of color. Both collections come with limited residential warranties that protect against staining, fading, and performance issue. The Escapes Collection offers a 30-year limited warranty and the Weekenders Collection includes a 25-year limited warranty.

A Variety of Colors

Good Life Decking in Cabana

Fiberon Good Life Decking comes in diverse color options that allow builders to tailor their decking design to unique outdoor spaces. National Lumber currently stocks two colors from each collection.

Escapes: Cabana

Get away with Cabana. This tan tone brings deep grain patterns that reflect real aged-wood products without all the hassle those genuine wood boards bring.

Weekender: Cabin

Breathe in the great outdoors with a gorgeous, earthen brown that evokes classic deck board design but with a decidedly modern vibrance to the color.

Escapes: Beach House

Turn a backyard into a trip to the shore with the Beach House option. This stunning gray is flexible and perfect for diverse outdoor designs to be built around it.

Weekender: Cotttage

Soak in the sunshine with the classic appeal of Cottage. This neutral gray helps create outstanding color contrasts that will delight homeowners.

The Advantages of Composite Decking

Composite decking offers all of the beauty of traditional wood decking without any of the hassles of maintenance. Fiberon’s composite decking is resistant to weathering and discoloration, eliminating the need to repaint deck boards. Composite decking also resists chipping and breaking, which means deck boards age better over time. They are also a sustainable alternative to traditional decking materials, utilizing recycled woods and plastics that reduce waste going into the landfill.

Get Started on Your Next Deck Project with the Team at National Lumber

As decking season approaches, it’s important to have a reliable material supplier that can meet the demands of your projects. The team at National Lumber stocks some of the leading decking brands, and can help you get the materials you need when you need them. Contact our sales team today to gets started.