Aging-in-Place and the Remodeling Industry

At South Shore Millwork, we help interior designers and contractors all over New England bring new life to old homes with creative remodeling solutions and beautifully-executed woodwork. We have created custom doors, windows, paneling, moulding, shelving, cabinetry, and more for everything from libraries and bathrooms to kitchens and living rooms, always with the highest possible craftsmanship.

One remodeling trend that is definitely on the rise, with no signs of fading, is universal design and aging-in-place. According to this article from the New York Times, over 88 million Americans will be 65 years old or older by the year 2050, twice the current population for the same age range. However, an AARP poll shows that 9 out of 10 consumersin the 50+ age racket want to stay in their homes as long as possible.

Contrast between flooring and cabinetry is helpful to those with vision problems and is an important component of universal design.

Remodelers are getting more and more requests for aging-in-place design, because with the time and financial drain of renovation, it only makes sense to go ahead and lay the groundwork for future improvements. Many of these improvements don’t make a house look like a hospital, as some clients fear. For instance, adding wood blocking behind drywall will make it much easier to install grab bars if they are  needed at a later date, but doesn’t change the look of the space. Other things that can be done during the course of a normal renovation include widening doorways (to accommodate the width of a wheelchair), upgrading lighting (something homeowners will probably enjoy now anyway), and even making sure materials on counter tops, tile, and flooring are different colors, which makes it easier for someone with limited vision to navigate a space.

What do you think of the aging-in-place trend? Have your clients requested universal design features in their residential building or remodeling projects?

photo via South Shore Millwork residential portfolio

Creative Millwork for Maximizing Space

Our last post was all about unique solutions for increasing storage space, including hidden spots that keep storage unobtrusive from an interior design perspective. Today, we came across a great article about a related topic- how to make the most of a space that is used for many different purposes or activities. In “It’s All in the Details,” Daily5Remodel showcases a wonderful residential remodeling project in which a fairly small space accommodates all of the homeowners’ needs.

The clients asked for an office, a laundry room, a pool dressing area, a pantry, and a powder room all in one. Sounds impossible, but the final product not only fulfills those functions, but does it in style! The space under the stairs became a cozy reading nook and mini-mudroom, with locker-type stalls for the kids to hang their jackets and backpacks.

Separated by a very short, low wall from the washer and dryer, the built-in desk nevertheless maintains a sense of being in its own, distinct office space, while custom cabinetry to the ceiling in both the laundry and office areas maximizes storage potential. On the opposite wall, the pool changing area is comprised of an L-shaped bench with hinged seats to allow for surreptitious pool supply storage, with wall-mounted shelving and hooks for extra storage.

The use of understated cream bead board and cabinetry throughout the space ties it all together, showing the power of custom millwork to organize and beautify a space.

At South Shore Millwork, we love working with Boston-area interior designers to create beautiful and useful spaces that clients love. Contact us today for all your woodwork needs for your next New England home design project.



Hidden Storage Solutions

No matter how large the home, it seems like there can never be too much storage! If you’re looking for ways to maximize storage for your clients, take a few moments to check out Hidden Storage Ideas over at House Beautiful. Vertical space in the kitchen is one vastly under-utilized space pointed out in the article, whether it be high kitchen cabinets to the ceiling, or in cases where the cabinets don’t go all the way up, stylish storage containers sitting on top of the upper cabinets. The article also points out a wealth of underused storage space that has many different applications- under the stairs. This space could be used for drawer storage, a hidden washer and dryer, book shelves, and much more.

Of course, those aren’t the only hidden storage spaces. Built-in banquettes in the kitchen have made a big comeback in recent years, and they provide a great place for hidden storage, either in the form of pull out drawers in the base or lift-up seats with storage compartments underneath.

And then you have even more hidden storage that you might not even recognize! Take for example this hidden wall storage compartment we created for a client. When the door is closed, it appears to be just another part of the paneled walls.

If you are looking for an architectural millwork shop in the New England area to help you create unique, innovative or hidden storage for a client, contact South Shore Millwork today!

photos via: BHG, Pinterest, South Shore Millowork portfolio



Explore the South Shore Millwork Blog

From design trends to company announcements and beyond, we cover a lot of different topics here on the South Shore Millwork blog! Take a look back at some of our favorite posts, and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog so you never miss one!

Gelfand Glass Delivery and Install- Swampscott, MA

Our dedicated crew did a great job installing huge panes of hurricane glass at a coastal New England home in freezing temperatures on a windy day. Check out the photos of our team in action.

Back Bay Shutter Co

We loved working with Back Bay Shutter Co. on a past project, and we were thrilled when they featured our owner, Jeff Burton on their blog. They are a great company, so head on over and see for yourself!

South Shore Millwork’s Cape Cod Project

In this post we showed off some photos of a beautiful project we completed featuring a library and a basketball court in a lavish Cape Cod residence. Take a look to see the architectural millwork techniques we used in two very difference applications.

Are you looking for an architectural millwork company in the Boston area? If so, we hope you’ll call South Shore Millwork today, where we’ve been working with the best architects, builders, and interior designers in New England for over 20 years.

Luxury Custom Closets

When clients think of remodeling or building a home, the closet probably isn’t the first thing on their minds, but the power of a fabulous closet should never be underestimated. Designing a luxurious closet/dressing room will not only help to keep high-quality clothing in good condition, it will also help keep the bedroom neat and tidy and help streamline their daily routine.

A bedroom should be a place for rest and relaxation, and clutter is the enemy of any truly serene space. That’s why having a separate dressing room area is a great idea. In fact, a luxury closet designed to match the client’s interior design aesthetic can make the routine of getting dressed every day a pleasure rather than a chore. Take a look at some gorgeous designer closets for inspiration, below.

 image from the South Shore Millwork portfolio

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image from the South Shore Millwork portfolio

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Here at South Shore Millwork, we have worked with some of New England’s best interior designers to create beautiful custom closets. If you are a Boston area interior designer looking for an architectural millwork company for your next luxury residential design project, contact us today! Our shop of skilled craftsmen, efficient project planners, and experienced installers can help you bring your vision to life.

Resawn Lumber from South Shore Millwork

Could resawn lumber be right for your project?

Resawn lumber is not veneer. Instead, this product is healthier looking, reduces sand-through errors, and is more stable than thick-sliced veneers. South Shore Millwork can manufacture the resawn lumber, stave cores, stiles and rails you need for your project, and our thin cut lumber is easy to bend and glue, making it suitable for a variety of projects. It is also great for gluing using vacuum bags.

Re-sawing a thick board into multiple thinner layers not only saves money, but also conserves natural resources. Resawn lumber also ensures uniformity in color and grain, so you can achieve the precise look you want for your project, whether you are using it for door skins, flooring, radius moldings, or even boat building.

We can create your resawn lumber in any wood species, using your material or our own. Thicknesses include 1/10″, 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, and widths can range from 1 1/2″ to 13″.

To order your resawn moulding from South Shore Millwork, located south of Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, call us today at 508.226.5500, or email

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It seems like almost everyone is on Facebook these days; are you? If so, take a moment to stop by and like the South Shore Millwork Facebook page! When you become a fan, you’ll automatically receive our updates in your news feed, so you can easily stay up to date on our latest announcements, blog posts, photos, and much more from our New England millwork company. And if you like our page, don’t hold back- share it with your friends!

We share interior design, remodeling, and architectural millwork trends, woodworking industry news and information, New England home industry news, and of course updates on all of the cool stuff going on at South Shore Millwork, like our recent appearance on the A&E television show Disaster Guy. We want to hear from you, so get social! Use our Facebook page to comment or like posts, and even share links you enjoy. We look forward to seeing you on Facebook!


High End Millwork Across New England

Here at South Shore Millwork, we strive to provide the best possible product, using both high-tech and traditional woodworking methods. With skilled craftsmen in the shop, intelligent project management systems, and an experienced installation team, we provide high-end custom millwork to our customers throughout New England.

After years of working with the best architects, interior designers, and luxury builders in Boston and the surrounding area, we’ve been honored with features  in a number of great remodeling, architecture, and design publications, including Architectural Digest, Design New England, and New England Home, just to name a few.  In fact, our media coverage resume recently expanded to include television.

We were honored to help restore the Victorian home of an American military family on A&E’s extreme remodeling show Disaster Guy. Check out this recent blog post to read about the fun and challenging experience that really put our team to the test!

If you’re looking for great architectural woodwork for your next Boston project, contact us today!