Gary Hecht Woodworking



That beautiful, historic Nyack home above had lost its second floor porch railing sometime in the past hundred years–perhaps the same time as the dramatic
cupola was changed into something a little less gothic. Gary Hecht Woodworking used that faded hundred-year-old photograph seen above to design, spec, and construct a historically correct railing to make the front porch roof safe, just in time for the arrival of the residents’ new baby. And perhaps of even more interest to potential clients, Gary Hecht Woodworking made a sample and plans good enough to please the exacting and precise Nyack Town Architectural Review Board. This board is much remarked upon for their enthusiastic pursuit of historical accuracy; a pursuit many first time homeowners have foundered on in their first attempts to restore one of Nyack’s many grand old edifices to code-compliant, historically accurate glory.

Gary Hecht’s long-time community ties and well-known craftsmanship can make sure any restoration project maintains the look and feel of the original construction, while being solid and up to current building codes. This tricky balancing act is a specialty of Gary Hecht Woodworking. Whether he is working from existing (often damaged and decayed) woodwork or historic photographs, Gary can design and fabricate classic, elegant pieces to enhance and restore buildings from any period. He
and his fellow craftsmen are intimately familiar with the requirements imposed by local codes and Boards. Gary Hecht Woodworking can shepherd any project through the entire process, from design to implementation. In the case of the new railing pictured above, that included making working drawings from historic photographs, fabricating sample pieces, guiding the plans and project through the sometimes byzantine maze of local permitting bodies, then hiring and managing the various contractors best for the job (which included roofers, metal workers, and framing carpenters). Of course, Gary handled the actual woodwork himself, but sometimes such simple appearing projects are anything but, and Gary’s long experience allows him to give each project the attention it needs, while relying on longtime subcontractors to professionally implement the homeowner’s wishes.