Popularity of Home Libraries Increases

Despite the growing popularity of e-readers like the Nook or Kindle, the Wall Street Journal reports that the luxury home design industry is seeing an uptick in requests for libraries.

More and more affluent homeowners are not only having libraries built, complete with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, but are even hiring companies to procure and style the books. Grand, multi-story libraries are a common request, but some designers are thinking outside the box and creating multi-use spaces. Playroom libraries are popular with those who want to pass on a love of reading and of the classics to their children, while some are opting for dining room libraries, fodder for many after-dinner literary discussions.

One thing is for sure- nothing creates elegant, traditional library style quite like custom millwork. From rich wood paneling and moulding to soaring book cases with architectural flourishes, choosing the right woodwork is key. Contact South Shore Millwork today to find out more about our New England custom millwork company.

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AWI Certified Millwork Company

When you are looking for a high-end millwork company for your next design project, it’s important to look at the credentials and experience of your potential supplier. At South Shore Millwork, we are proud to provide both of those things.

We are an Architectural Woodwork Institute Certified Quality Woodworker, which shows our commitment to achieving the highest levels of craftsmanship, customer service, and overall excellence. The AWI Quality Certification Program sets the industry standard when it comes to high-end architectural woodwork. Find out more about this great trade organization by visiting AWI.

In addition to our affiliation with AWI, we have over 20 years of experience creating custom millwork for architects, luxury home builders, interior designers, and other building industry professionals. Since 1991, we’ve helped make projects successful all over the Boston area and throughout New England with our custom doors, windows, moulding, and other architectural elements.

We’d love to work with you, so contact South Shore Millwork today to discuss your Boston design project.

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Benefits of Resawn Lumber

Are you familiar with resawn lumber? As an architect, interior designer, or home builder, it’s good know know what this material is and how it can be used.

Resawn lumber is made by re-sawing a thick board into thin slices. Take a look at some of the benefits of resawn lumber below.

  • Lower cost
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Provides uniformity in color and grain
  • Allows easier matching
  • Reduces sand-through errors
  • Healthier, more robust looking product
  • Stable- does not produce checks like thick-sliced veneers tend to do.

This versatile product can then be used for door skins, flooring, boat building, and radius moulding. If you are looking for a luxury millwork supplier to create your resawn lumber, contact South Shore Millwork today. Located in Norton, Massachusetts, our millwork company has been providing high-quality architectural woodwork to designers and architects throughout Boston and New England for over 20 years.

Call us at 888.903.5308 to discuss your custom millwork project today.

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Patriotic Style: Millwork in the White House

The Fourth of July is coming up soon, so it’s the perfect time to discuss patriotic interior design.  If you need a little inspiration for your next high-end residential design project, why not look to one of the most recognized symbols of the United States- the White House!

Architectural Digest has a great slideshow featuring the evolution of White House style, from the Sister Parish interiors created during the Kennedy administration to the restored period-style decor of the Lincoln Bedroom. Millwork and architectural ornamentation are used extensively throughout this historic building, with a variety of mouldings and carvings creating a formal, elegant atmosphere befitting the presidential residence.

 

Sister Parish design for Jacqueline Kennedy, featuring wall frame mouldings.

 

The First Lady’s dressing room during the Reagan era- wide moulding and rosettes provide structure in the feminine space.

 

Wall framing, a chair rail, and dentil-and-rosette mouldings add layers of visual interest to the First Lady’s office.

Wide crown moulding and an ornately carved fireplace help define the stately elegance of the period-style Lincoln Bedroom.

If you are looking for an architectural millwork supplier in the Boston area, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our millwork company has been helping architects and interior designers bring their luxury home designs to life for over 20 years.

 

 

A Look At Neoclassical Interior Design

At our Massachusetts millwork company, we create architectural ornamentation for a wide range of interior styles, from elegant traditional homes to cool, contemporary commercial spaces. One style that continues to endure in the hearts of architects and designers is neoclassicism.

Neoclassical interior design is timeless and elegant, making it the perfect choice for luxury homes, government buildings, and sophisticated hotels, restaurants, and retail spaces. The White House is one recognizable example of neoclassical interior design and architecture, with its many columns, mouldings, and other architectural flourishes. Though many First Ladies and their favorite interior designers have brought their own style to the presidential residence, the neoclassical framework of the historic building remains, providing a consistent starting point from which to explore different expressions of style.

Neoclassical design elements include Chippendale and Hepplewhite furnishings, urns, architectural ornamentation  inspired by Greek and Roman temples (dentil or Greek key moulding, elaborate lintels, columns), and textiles like Damask, brocade, chintz, and linen.

No matter what style your next luxury interior design project is, South Shore Millwork can help! Contact us today to learn more about our architectural millwork products, from custom windows and doors to mouldings and cabinetry.

source: Neoclassical Interior Design and Home Decor, photo: South Shore Millwork

Home Sizes Bounce Back Bigger

After years of shrinking home sizes, the average home size has bounced back and is once again growing, according to the Wall Street Journal. Leading American home building company, KB Homes, reports that the average square footage of the homes they produce has increased 13% since last year, with many homeowners opting for floor plans in excess of 3,500 square feet.

One of the main reasons behind this uptick in the building industry is the currently record-low interest rates. At less than 4% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, many buyers are able to upgrade without increasing their monthly mortgages.

In addition to the lure of low interest rates, home buyers are recognizing the benefit of building a larger home from the beginning. When builders place large orders, they get larger discounts, so adding that extra space right from the start is ultimately a better deal than adding on to a home years down the line.

This is good news for architects, designers, and home builders, as well as the homeowners who will benefit from their larger living spaces. Will the trend continue? It will be interesting to see where home sizes go in the coming years, as desires for luxury homes compete with energy efficiency and other environmental concerns.

If you are a luxury home builder or other design professional working in New England and the Boston area, contact South Shore Millwork today. We create high quality millwork for both residential and commercial spaces, from custom fire-rated doors to unique mouldings and windows.

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Don’t Miss Nantucket Kitchens Tour

New England kitchen designers and remodelers will not want to miss a great design event coming up next month- the Nantucket Summer Kitchens Tour, sponsored by the Nantucket Preservation Trust.

The trip is well worth your time, providing an inside look at the historic homes and kitchens of the Pine Street neighborhood. The tour will be especially interesting to designers and architects who work in historic homes, illustrating ways in which older homes can be updated while respecting the integrity of the original design. Trained docents will share historical and architectural facts at each home, and there will be local chefs on hand with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and recipes.

At South Shore Millwork, we often work on historic preservation projects, creating beautiful, elegant custom millwork for distinctive homes, businesses, and other spaces. To learn more about the kitchen tour, visit Nantucket Preservation Trust. If you’d like to work with our Norton, Massachusetts millwork company on your next high-end design project, call us today at 888.903.5308.

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High-End Kitchen Design Trends from KBIS 2012

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently held their annual show, where industry insiders converged to explore the latest trends in high-end kitchen design. The trends to watch in 2012 include:

  • Universal design and aging-in-place: People are living longer these days and choosing to stay in their homes if possible. Universal design aims to make spaces accessible to as many people as possible, and aging-in-place features like walk-in tubs and easy-open handles help people stay independent and enjoy their homes for longer than ever before. Custom millwork allows designers to incorporate all kinds of clever universal design features into the space in a subtle way, preserving the elegant design scheme.
  • Seamless integration: Homes are becoming more and more integrated with technology, from built-in appliances in the kitchen to high tech whole-house systems that allow the homeowner to control security, HVAC, and more from an iPad or remote control. Our Reversica fireplace surround is a great example of this type of integration, combining beautiful old-fashioned millwork with a high-tech hidden TV.
  • Sustainability: Green home design has become mainstream, and customers want to know that their remodeling or construction choices are environmentally sustainable. At our Massachusetts millwork company, we have many systems in place to cut down on waste, and we can build your project with sustainable woods.

If you are in the kitchen design and remodeling industry and would like to work with us on a future project, please contact South Shore Millwork today.

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