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(Airs Thursdays.)Jessie and Tina Rodriguez, who live in Orange County, California, are passionate about flipping “vintage homes.” In each episode, this creative couple will find, buy, restore and market one.(Premieres in June.)Even actress Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade will be flipping houses for HGTV this year!Cameras will follow along as they renovate, revitalize and resell a home in a suburban Florida neighborhood.(Premiere date TBD.)You may remember when Ben and Erin told us what it was like to film a pilot for HGTV (and be mentored by Chip and Joanna!Answer: It’s a DIY Network show, which means they air the episodes first. HGTV will show those episodes at some point, although I haven’t heard the air date yet.
I used to work in downtown Indy at the beautiful old Indiana Statehouse, so it’s fun to see them showcasing so many familiar landmarks and neighborhoods. 🙂Husband and wife flipping team Kortney and Dave Wilson fix up outdated houses in Nashville.Chair rail is the most misused and abused molding in new houses today. You still think chair rail should always sit at 36 in. He started with the spacing of the columns on a Greek temple, using that distance as a “module.” According to his instructions for achieving symmetry, harmony, and proportion, the base of a Doric column should be two modules and the height should be fourteen modules. Ironically, the rules of classical architecture are really based on human scale, on the male body, and I’m the perfect classical specimen: My foot measures 11-in. Dig a little deeper and we find proportional rules for every architectural detail. And very few of the architects we work with are familiar with them. According to Pain, for a Doric pedestal, we start by dividing the height of the column into thirteen equal parts, where one part equals the diameter of the column. ) Now let’s look at the three moldings that make up a traditional chair rail, and the sizes that Pain recommends for each one. There’s a fillet above the corona, and I can’t read that number either, but hey, it looks like 3/8 in. Add all those crazy numbers together and we’ve got a chair rail that’s 2 5/8 in. The classical rules of architecture are the key to the proper size and placement of moldings in a room.But it is also the easiest molding to install correctly, and one that can do the most to make a house feel like a home. That boils down to a proportional relationship of 1:7 — a column that is seven times as tall as it is wide. Despite its name, chair rail actually corresponds to the molding at the top of a column’s pedestal. The height of the pedestal is set at 2 diameters and forty minutes, or 2.66 parts. The cavetto, or cove molding, at the bottom should be 4 parts, which makes it 1/2 in., plus another 1/8 in. The ovolo, or supporting molding, in the middle (sometimes this is an egg-and-dart profile, or a dentil molding), should be 6 parts, making it 3/4 in.; the corona at the top should be a bit more than 6 parts (I can’t read that number! Benjamin uses a slightly different set of proportional rules than Pain. In the classically proportioned room, not only do we relate to the space, but the parts and pieces also “speak to” and relate to one another, from the crown to the base to the casing to the chair rail—and ultimately to us. When it comes to chair rail, I always advise customers to err on the side of too low rather than too high.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections. Ask most carpenters and they’ll either say 36 in., 32 in. There are some 18th-century pattern books that show the chair rail at 24 in. But get the chair rail wrong, and the room feels wrong—I can guarantee it. All of the classic architectural orders—the Tuscan, the Doric, the Ionic, the Corinthian, and the Composite—have strict rules of proportion. That is why you can walk into an old building and it just “feels” right. Multiply the column width by 2 1/2 to determine the height of the pedestal: 22 1/2 in. Benjamin also suggests that the pedestal should be 15 parts high. Obviously, unless chairs were much shorter back then, the height of a chair has nothing to do with the height of the chair rail! But pattern books seemed to go by the wayside as minimalism and modern styles reduced the importance of moldings, and finally production trumped design. Going back to William Pain’s book, we next divide the diameter of the column into 12 parts (9 1/4 in.