Quality restoration is serious business. And for more than 40 years, quality restoration has been Skip Willett’s only business. He is NOT the man to talk to if you want to order a couple of off-the-shelf reproductions from a catalog store. But for builders, contractors, historic architects, and the rare and committed homeowner with a passion for quality restoration, there’s no better guide through the galaxy of old/used hardware than Skip. Period.
Whether you are restoring original bathrooms in an entire bungalow court or replacing a lockset on a single Spanish Revival door, Skip is the guy you need to talk to. Restoration projects, like any construction job, live and die in the details. And when you’re working with period hardware or plumbing, you need someone in your corner who has been down the restoration road before.
Skip has had a hand in the restoration of some of Southern California’s architectural gems — homes designed by Greene and Greene, Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, George Washington Smith, Lautner and Neutra. First working 0n-site, and later as the owner of Architectural Detail, one of the area’s premier outlets for historic LA hardware, his tireless attention to detail has made Skip an expert in Builders Hardware and Plumbing. And it’s in these two aspects of the restoration process that Skip is concentrating currently. Sure, he knows about every step of the restoration process, but if you know Skip, you also know he’s not going to waste your time or his talking about anything he doesn’t know better than anyone else in the area.
So whether you are matching a single piece of hard-to-find hardware or need custom reproductions that are a cut above anything you’ll find online or in catalogs, when you decide to do a restoration job right, invest in quality hardware or bathroom fixtures, and above all stay true to the design and intent of an original structure, Skip’s your guy.
If you want to talk to him, you can email him for an appointment.