Inside Look at a Custom Fireplace Surround with Hidden TV

In our last post we showed you a custom fireplace surround with an exciting secret- the elegant mahogany paneling of the 25′ tall surround opens up and spins around to reveal a flat screened TV. This project involved a lot of collaboration between our New England millwork shop, an architect, engineer, and audio visual contractor. The end result is a beautiful work of craftsmanship as well as a fun, unexpected conversation piece!

We are extremely meticulous with our shop drawings, which is one reason why architects and builders love to work with us. Since we get so many compliments on our blueprints and shop drawings, we thought you might enjoy seeing the one from this project. To see the full-size PDF of this image, click here- Fireplace Shop Drawing.

In addition to the undeniably cool hidden television, this project also includes a hidden door leading to the library. The shelves to the right of the fireplace swing out to reveal the doorway.

We love working on unique, technically complex projects like this, so if you’re looking for high-end millwork for your Boston or New England area design project, give us a call today, or visit our website, South Shore Millwork.

Gorgeous Historic Millwork from the John Adams House

At our Massachusetts millwork company, we combine the best of old and new. We think it’s important to use technologically advanced tools and techniques- if that’s what the project requires. However, depending on the particularities of the job, we may also utilize time-tested, traditional modes of craftsmanship.

Paneled Room

Woodworking has a long history of valuing superior workmanship, and the many stunning examples of hand-wrought millwork seen in historic homes and other buildings throughout America attest to that. We love seeing these examples of impeccable woodwork created so long ago, which inspire us to continue pursuing excellence in our creation of fine millwork.

We were excited to see a beautiful example of historic millwork on display in the latest issue of New England Home. The article features the Old House, home of John and Abigail Adams. The home is now a museum, part of Adams National Historic Park operated by the National Park Service.

Stone Library

The Old House, as later generations of the Adamses would call lit, was built in 1731 by Major Leonard Vassell, a Jamaican sugar grower. The home contains a number of rooms which feature millwork prominently, including the Paneled Room, exquisite in Santo Domingo mahogany, and the Stone Library, with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases, a balcony, paneling, and a beamed, vaulted ceiling.

Pick up a copy of New England Home to see the full piece or check it out online, and be sure to contact South Shore Millwork to discuss our custom millwork services for New England luxury builders, designers, and architects.

photos via New England Home



Custom Fireplace Surround Holds an Exciting Secret

We are privileged to work with some really amazing designers and architects on a variety of projects for high-end clients throughout the New England area, and today, we are very excited to show you one of our latest projects here at South Shore Millwork. Take a look below at this elegant custom fireplace surround we created. It looks great- but it also has a secret.

That’s right, this elegant, traditional fireplace surround opens up to reveal a hidden TV! The 25 foot-tall mahogany fireplace surround was hand carved, with panels featuring over 50 profiles. We used a Reversica hinge to facilitate the impressive transformation, which required coordinating with an architect, audio visual contractor, and an engineer.

But the hidden television is not the only secret feature we created for this room. Look to the right of the fireplace, and you can glimpse the edge of a bookcase. That bookcase is actually a hidden door that opens onto a library!
We love working on high-end millwork projects like this that allow us to combine our woodworking skills with innovative design solutions. Call us today at 888.903.5308 for more information about our Massachusetts custom millwork company.


Trend Alert: High Gloss Cabinetry Finishes

One of the hottest trends in luxury interior design at the moment is the super shiny high gloss finish, and it’s easy to see why. This type of finish makes architectural millwork and cabinetry pop, elevating them from part of the background to major players in the visual real estate of the room.

We love this look, especially the attention it brings to high-end cabinetry. Take a look at some fabulous examples of the trend, below.

The high-gloss finish on these cabinets really makes the warmth and beauty of the wood shine.

(modern California kitchen via Houzz)

The glossy white cabinets in this contemporary kitchen contrast beautifully with the golden tones of the wooden counter and floor.

(contemporary Seattle kitchen via Houzz)

This airy, bright kitchen is another great example of super glossy wood cabinetry.

(contemporary kitchen, Edmonton via Houzz)

We work with talented architects, interior designers, and luxury builders across New England, and we would love to add you to our list of colleagues. Call South Shore Millwork today for help with your next Boston design project, at 888.903.5308.


2012 Home Design Trends

Darker cabinetry finishes are becoming more popular for kitchens and other areas of the home.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recently released their picks for the top home design trends of 2012, and there are some interesting points to note. From custom cabinetry finishes to special features, it will be interesting to see how architects and designers reflect these trends in luxury residential and commercial design work.

  • Many designers are shifting away from popular choice cherry wood, gravitating instead towards species like oak, birch, and bamboo.
  • Darker finishes are rising to prominence, with 58% of kitchen designers specifying them, up from only 43% just two years ago.
  • Traditional style has been surpassed in popularity by transitional. The mix of traditional and contemporary styling makes transitional style cabinets a great choice for today’s homeowners.

At South Shore Millwork, we have over 20 years of experience creating custom millwork for luxury homes, offices, retail spaces, and even historic buildings. Contact us today to learn how our Norton, Massachusetts woodworking shop can bring your interior design or architectural vision to life.


Fine Millwork for Any Decor Style

As a high-end millwork supplier for architects, builders, and interior designers throughout New England, we have created elegant woodworking for many different types of interiors. From opulent traditional homes to sleek modern minimalism, we bring the same high level of customer service to all of our projects. Take a look at some of our favorite examples from our millwork porfolio, showing a range of styles.

This foyer is a great example of traditional style millwork, with thick moulding, chair rail, paneled alcove, and a large lintel featuring dentil moulding. Traditional millwork includes a lot of ornate features, with decorative carving and flourishes adding graceful detailing to the space.

On the other end of the spectrum, contemporary interior design forgoes extraneous design features in favor of simple, clean lines. The vivid purple paneling in this room makes the art pop, and the floating console is a sophisticated take on the current floating cabinetry trend.

Transitional decor combines the iconic shapes and ideas of traditional design with a pared-down, simpler aesthetic derived from contemporary interiors. This kitchen is a great example of the look, with bold drum pendant lights and white cabinetry that is simple, but not as stark as modern cabinets.

We’d love to work with you on your next residential or commercial design project; contact South Shore Millwork today to speak with one of our staff members about your luxury architectural millwork needs.

Luxury Bathroom Design Trends

While the kitchen is still one of the most popular areas of a home to remodel, more and more homeowners are beginning to take on their master bathrooms as the next remodeling frontier. The master bath is a great choice for this, because improvements to the master suite have much potential for improving the client’s day-to-day quality of life.

According to Leading Architecture, luxury bathroom design trends to watch include furniture or furniture-like cabinetry in the bathroom, incorporating seating areas, and imbuing the space with an extra dose of opulence. Clients want a bathroom that doubles as a spa-like retreat, which can only be achieved through the use of high-end materials and craftsmanship.

At South Shore Millwork, we create beautifully crafted custom cabinetry for high-end homes, and can accommodate a wide range of design styles. We love creating intricate, elegant cabinets that make a strong statement, whether that requires a gently undulating curve to the cabinets or ornate detailing and trim.

If you are looking for a high-end architectural millwork company to assist with your luxury design projects in New England, contact us today by calling 888.903.5308.