Construction Spending is Increasing, According to New Indicator

Architectural Record reprts that a new 12-month indicator of construction spending for nonresidential buildings is on the rise. The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) is derived from planning reports in McGraw-Hill Construction’s Dodge Reports.

The Dodge Reports gather a huge amount of information on projects prior to groundbreaking, differentiating the DMI from many other market indices and providing a more reliable predictor of nonresidential construction spending. The DMI reached a low point last summer at 77.1 (July 2011), but has steadily risen since then to reach 94.7 in April 2012. The vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, Robert Murray, had this to say about the findings.

The relatively steady upward trend since the middle of last year suggests that construction spending put in place for nonresidential buildings should begin to move in a more consistently positive direction during the second half of 2012… This is good news for an industry that has been strongly hit by declines since the 2009 recession.

We work with many high-end builders and designers, and we’d love to work with you! Contact South Shore Millwork today to learn more about our New England architectural millwork services.

source and image via Architectural Record

Custom Wood Doors

When choosing doors for your New England design project, the functional and safety concerns don’t have to outweigh style thanks to our custom fire-rated doors! At South Shore Millwork, we offer the very best in wood or MDF fire-rated doors, with hundreds of styles and unlimited customization¬† allowing you to achieve any aesthetic.

While most other fire door manufacturers only offer higher fire ratings with subsequently larger door thickness reaching 2-1/4 inches, we have specially designed our fire doors to maintain standard 1-3/4 inch thickness for ratings up to 90 minutes. These doors have been engineered and tested extensively to ensure quality and performance.

Another benefit of our fire-rated doors is that they match our non-rated doors, providing a consistent look throughout the space- a necessity for any high-end project.We can create doors to fit any style, and even craft reproductions for historic renovations.

If you are a New England architect, interior designer, or builder looking for a fine millwork company in the Boston area, call us today at 888.903.5308.

Creative Hidden Storage

Finely crafted millwork adds beauty to homes and other spaces, but it can also serve a more practical function. We love it when we have the opportunity to create architectural millwork that combines aesthetics, function, and a bit of clever sleight of hand.

Take for example this hidden storage compartment we created. What looks at first glance like a neutral wall panel actually conceals an impressive amount of storage. The hidden compartment allows room for necessary items without detracting from the artwork and the overall look of the room.

Another great example is the fireplace surround with hidden flat screen TV that we showed you in a recent blog post.

The pull-out storage in this contemporary bathroom is simple and effective. (via Houzz)

This under-stair storage is another great example of hiding lots of storage space behind an attractive millwork facade. It’s also a great way to take an awkward or wasted space and make it count for a lot. (via Pinterest)

If you are interested in adding creative storage to your next design project, we’d love to work with you! Contact South Shore Millwork today to learn more about our Boston custom millwork company.

Remodeling Jobs Projected to Increase by End of 2012

According to a press release by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the remodeling industry will be seeing increases later this year. The Center released its annual Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) report, showing stronger pending home sales and the continuation of low interest rates.

Managing director Eric S. Belsky says, “Hopefully, we’re finally moving beyond simple volatility in the home improvement spending numbers to a period of sustained growth. The recent upturn we’ve seen in home sales should translate into more remodeling activity later this year.”

With more and more people buying homes, designers, architects, and other home improvement professionals will have their hands full with a plethora of remodeling projects, from redesigning entire spaces to purely cosmetic or surface makeovers. At our Boston millwork company, we can help you transform a space with architectural millwork elements large and small. From custom moulding and specialty doors to paneling, ceiling ornamentation, cabinetry, and unique windows, our talented shop team creates each item to the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Contact South Shore Millwork today to learn more about how we can help with your next New England remodeling project.

The Best Boston Millwork

At South Shore Millwork, we’ve been manufacturing high-quality millwork for projects in the Boston area for over 20 years. Located in Norton, Massachusetts, between Boston and Providence, we are New England’s best source for fine architectural woodwork, bringing unmatched craftsmanship and professionalism to each job. We’ve been fortunate to work with many great architects, builders, and designers, and our commitment to quality has helped us grow from a small shop to a modern, 40,000 square foot facility. That commitment to quality has also landed us in the pages of many top architecture and design magazines, including:

  • Architectural Digest
  • New England Home
  • Boston Design
  • Southern New England Home
  • Design New England
  • Cape & Islands
  • and Connecticut Builder.

From custom windows and moulding to specialty doors and other architectural elements, we will bring your vision to life using both traditional and state-of-the-art woodworking techniques. To discuss your New England millwork project with us, please call us at 888.903.5308.


Architectural Millwork Transformations

When done right, architectural millwork is one of the best ways to transform a space, adding detail and elegance. We were quite impressed with this recent feature in Architectural Digest, in which a San Francisco home gets a sophisticated makeover with the addition of unique millwork elements and a much more current aesthetic and color palette. Take a look at some of our favorite before and after comparisons from the article, below.

The bright and busy foyer received a wonderful redesign, taking it from a rectangular space to an oval. The magnificent inlaid floor is echoed by the oval ceiling moulding. Though understated and painted the same color as the walls and ceiling, this moulding enhances the roundness of the room.

The stunning views of the San Francisco Bay make a beautiful backdrop for the conservatory, which is now classically elegant thanks to the pared down draperies and warm, calm color scheme. But the really brilliant design move in this room is the addition of Doric columns flanking the alcove, which frame the view and add a lovely architectural element.

This side-by-side comparison has a huge amount of interesting millwork to see. In the image at left, what at first appear to be draperies are actually astonishingly detailed works of trompe l’oeil wood carving. The lambrequins and desk are both carved from wood. In the image on the right of the study after renovation, we love the rich use of millwork in columns, paneling, and wide, deep moulding which adorns the wall and ceiling.

If you’re looking for a provider of fine architectural millwork for your New England luxury design projects, please contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Norton, Massachusetts shop works with designers and architects in Boston and beyond, and we would love the opportunity to discuss your project.

Black Millwork and Cabinetry

Elegant homes often feature white millwork, from moulding and banisters to paneling and ceiling ornamentation. While white moulding is certainly a classic, we also love the edgy look of glossy black millwork.

At South Shore Millwork we employ a wide variety of finishes on our custom architectural millwork, and these photos from our portfolio are great examples of the trend. The glossy black finish adds a sultry, sophisticated feel to the restaurant.

For more black millwork inspiration, take a look at this roundup on Houzz. A black front door and banister make this simple foyer a standout.

 (photo via Houzz)

(photo via Houzz)

In the kitchen above, a black island with marble top anchors the room, while white cabinetry with glass doors and white subway tile keep things airy and bright.

No matter what style you need, we can create it at our Norton, Massachusetts millwork company. We specialize in luxury design for residential and commercial spaces, so please contact us for help with your next New England design project.