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If a man’s home truly is his castle, why not actually build one? That’s what Kim and Patricia Baker decided when they undertook their monumental building project on 75 acres in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Known as The New American Castle, the 11,000 sq. ft., four-story show home has received plenty of attention with media coverage ranging from Time Magazine to the History Channel’s Modern Marvels.

The project blends the old world charm of Scottish and English castles with 21st century technology and is loaded with amenities such as a three-story elevator, turret meditation room and a third-century-replica labyrinth.

More than 1,200 feet of Flex-C Plate from Flex-Ability Concepts, Oklahoma City, OK, was used to create sweeping stairways, dramatic arches and distinctive radius highlights throughout the structure.

The Flex-C Plate system provides an easy way for builders to frame high quality curves by utilizing a simple, flexible metal track or plate for use with wood or metal studs. The project also utilized 200 feet of Flex-C Angle for deep curved soffits. Flex-C Angle uses the same labor-saving design as Flex-C Plate but is ideal for applications where the second leg of the track would interfere with perpendicular framing components.

Kim Baker functioned as general contractor on the project. “Everyone loved working with the Flex-C products,” said Baker. “They made framing the curves so much easier than doing it the old way.”

The Bakers were assisted in the design of the project by Henry Miller, AIA, and Heather Renihan of Miller & Renihan L.L.P., Worcester, MA.

About Flex-Ability Concepts

Flex Ability Concepts logoFlex-Ability Concepts pioneered the development of flexible framing products. Patented Flex-C Trac can be curved by hand on the jobsite and is the brand by which all others are measured. Flex-Ability Concepts has continued to add new sizes and gauges to its Flex-C Trac product offering. Other products include Flex-C Angle; Flex-C Arch; Flex-C Header; Quick Qurve Plate; and Three Legged Dog, a complete line of deflection clips. For more information about Flex-Ability Concepts and its products for commercial and residential applications, call (866) 443-3539 or visit

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