Kitchen Design Trend: Farmhouse Style

Custom kitchen cabinets, farmhouse style, custom millwork, custom woodwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandOne of the recent design trends we’re seeing in custom kitchen cabinetry is in the farmhouse style.  One of our best-ever kitchens was featured in the Boston Home Fall 2012 kitchen issue.  The custom kitchen just so happens to be in the farmhouse style.  South Shore Millwork teamed up with Lyman Perry Architects and M.F. Reynolds builders to create this calm and welcoming space.

The home, located on Boston’s South Shore, is situated on a considerable amount of acreage to accommodate the large variety of fruit trees on the property.  Fruit such as apples, pears, and cherries are grown on the estate.  The homeowner contributes to the local food movement by opening a fruit stand at the end of the growing season and inviting the community to share in the bounty.  Echoing farmhouse style trends such as “sustainable movement, the green movement, the farm-to-table movement” as noted by Jordee Williford, for Doublee Design Group in a recent article posted by  The Daily Herald.  Mr. Williford also adds that “people are going back to simpler times, and for the kitchen, that means a place where everything works hard, serves a purpose and is easily accessible.”

The Daily Herald also mentions that the trend is toward comfort, moving away from “cold stainless steel and brushed nickel” in kitchen design.  In addition, the article points-out the design elements that are hallmarks of the farmhouse style.  Features such as open shelving, pot racks, the farmhouse sink, rustic beams, and flooring together create an inviting quality.

South Shore Millwork also provided the rolling kitchen island, the woodwork in the mudroom, and the custom cabinetry that houses the appliance drawers as pictured below.

Regardless if you are looking for a homey farmhouse style kitchen or a sleek contemporary design, South Shore Millwork can create custom cabinets to fit any design style.

Photography by Bob O’Connor.

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Interesting & Informative Construction Industry News

At Southfor sale sign, housing, construction, Boston, MA, New England, millwork, woodwork Shore Millwork, we keep an eye on housing and construction industry news and indicators.  It helps us stay on the cutting edge of industry trends by responding with strategies that keep us adaptable to fluctuating economic conditions.

Below is some interesting and informative industry news we’d like to share.

The Commerce Department reported sales of new U.S. homes fell by 0.3% in October.  Michelle Jamrisko of Businessweek explains “The report runs counter to recent data showing gains in residential construction, builder confidence and mortgage applications indicate that housing is on the verge of contributing more to economic growth. Easier access to credit and more employment are still needed to ensure the real-estate rebound is sustained…”

south shore millwork construction worker, Boston, MA, New England, woodworkEven though new housing sales have dropped, contractors are dealing with a shortage of construction workers.  Some contractors are perplexed “It has been a shock for us,” says Milton Chicas, who heads recruiting for Wayne Bros., a Kannapolis, N.C.-based commercial builder in the Southeast. “There are so many folks out of work right now, we thought we were going to have a large amount of individuals coming through the door” reports Paul Davidson of USA Today. Furthermore, USA Today says the poor economy forced many workers in the construction industry to find new careers.  To add to the problem, many baby boomers are retiring, while high school graduates are seeking a college education.

Regarding local industry news, Banker & Tradesman recently related that Massachusetts was the second most expensive state in the nation for single family homes as reported by Coldwell Banker.

welcome to weston, ma, construction, housing, woodwork, millworkBanker & Tradesman goes on to say that the survey is based on a four bedroom, two bathroom home.  Additionally, Weston was cited as one of the most expensive towns in the country “An average home price of over $1.1 million was enough to push Weston to the 14th spot as one of the most-expensive towns in the nation. It was one of 17 other Massachusetts towns breaking the top 100, including Wellesley, Concord, Belmont and Boston. The most affordable town in the commonwealth was Springfield, which ranked 155th for affordability with an average price of $136,450.”

In closing, despite November’s report of the downturn in new home sales nationally, Massachusetts home sales increased 30% from November of last year.  A fact that can be attributed to, in part, by the affluency of our region.  Plus, builder confidence remains solid and mortgage applications continue to increase.  We are hopeful that the labor pool for construction projects will remain steady in Massachusetts to meet the increased demand for new home construction and renovations.