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24/7 Wall St.: Eight Amazing Home Amenities for the Rich

Wood Finishes

Location: Beaver Creek, Colo.
Home price: $9,495,000
Square footage: 8,600

Some woods are more exotic and, therefore, more expensive than others. But that’s just the beginning of how costs can spiral with wood, according to the architect, Morris. As with stones or tile, close attention to grain patterns leads to a more consistent look, but also of course adds much more cost. Some homeowners opt for elaborate staining processes that entail as many as eight steps, Morris adds. And he has clients who want all their wood cut from the same log in the same sequence.

Morris’s architectural view: In rooms that use panels, you look for “book-matched graining — at the seam of the veneer it’s like a mirrored image — so there’s continuity in the pattern of the wood. Wood actually brings a color into a room and you can play off of it in [your choice of] the rugs and curtain.”

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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