Dewson Construction on home improvement: adding fireplaces, wood floors, and making your home cozy in Delaware
Cozy Corner: If it’s comfort you want, then comfort you shall have.
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True, a man’s home is his castle.
But turrets sure are drafty, stone floors are cold underfoot and it’s hard to have a conversation in a cavernous banquet hall.
So, how to cozy up the castle?
Happily, grandeur and a sense of intimacy and comfort are completely compatible.
Ask Tim Dewson, president and founder of Dewson Construction in Wilmington. He has been building homes and additions—from Philadelphia’s Main Line to Maryland’s Eastern Shore—that are luxurious and expansive, yet sublimely livable, for more than 20 years.
“No matter how large a home is, people want a place that is welcoming,” he says.
What’s Old is New Again
To enhance the authenticity quotient, Dewson makes extensive use of reclaimed materials that already have developed the patina of age. That might include cobblestones from streets in Philadelphia, a mantel rescued from a manor house or beams from a 19th-century factory.
“We have made hearths from old curbstones and have used antique bricks in floors and archways,” he says. “We have laid wood floors salvaged from old mills and incorporated reclaimed wood from barns into furniture and built-in cabinetry.”
Achieving a timeless look also requires time-honored skills. Picture a finish carpenter crafting moldings, replicating a centuries-old design. Imagine a master mason chiseling granite steps that lead from the house to the garden. Visualize a decorative painter mixing glazes that mimic the appearance of centuries-old plaster.
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