I've been building and remodeling in northern Vermont for 30 years; my sons are the third generation to work in the family business. When my dad started, there was a higher level of craftsmanship in home building than we typically see today. When I took over the business, I promised him I'd maintain the high standards of quality that he established almost 35 years ago.

One of the ways we do that is by focusing on interior millwork -- built-ins, staircases, fireplace surrounds, and so forth. The challenge has been to develop ways to install these elements efficiently without sacrificing quality. In this article, I'll describe how we build a coffered ceiling.

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