Custom Staircase Design: Nautical Newel Post

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Stairs are a functional part of any multi-story building but they are also a wonderful opportunity for creative design.  Unique shapes and detailing on a staircase can give a room loads of personality and structural interest.

 

Take this staircase designed by South Shore Millwork’s Project Manager, Gerald Whalen.  Jerry worked with the homeowner to create the nautical theme on this newel post.  He meticulously worked out the details to create a distinctive focal point for the home’s entryway.

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Initial hand-drawn rendering by Gerald Whalen

And then a CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawing was created with specific measurements for fabrication.

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CAD drawing based on hand-drawing rendering

The staircase newel post was assembled and installed on site by our expert craftsman. staircase newel nautical design, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New England

The lantern that sits on the top was custom fabricated by Northeast Lantern based on specifications provided by Jerry.  The lantern is made out of antique brass with clear “seedy” glass.

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If you are looking for something creative for your next remodeling project or new home, let the talented professionals here at South Shore Millwork help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create custom design millwork elements to fit any style.  Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided in the Boston area, throughout New England and beyond.

Conserve Our Natural Resources! Use Re-sawn Lumber!

re-awn lumber, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandHere at South Shore Millwork we are dedicated to improving the way we do business in order to benefit the environment.  Since we are woodworkers, we see wood as a precious resource. And while wood is a renewable resource, we try to conserve it the best we can.  One of the ways is by re-sawing it.

So what exactly is re-sawn lumber?  Re-sawn lumber is essentially a thick piece of wood that is sawn into thinner pieces.  Linda Haus of Woodworker’s Journal explains the benefits “first, you’ll get the best use out of expensive and beautifully figured wood.  Second, you’ll be able to create book-matched … panels. Third, you’ll have a method to efficiently use salvaged or reclaimed lumber…and fourth, you’ll be able to create your own lumber from a tree or even firewood!”

Additional benefits are that it can be easily bent or glued for a wide range of uses such as flooring, boat building, and door skins.  It’s more stable than veneer, looks healthier, and has less sand-through errors.

But it’s difficult for the average handyman or woodworker to do, that’s why you should count on South Shore Millwork for re-sawn lumber.  We have specialized equipment to expertly cut thick lumber into thinner “skins.”  We offer various widths and thicknesses, in any type of wood, using your material or ours.

So help conserve our natural resources!  Let South Shore Millwork expertly handle your re-sawn lumber and other millwork needs.

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Kitchen and Bath Design Trends for 2013

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) revealed its top high-end trends for 2013.  The survey is conducted annually from over 300 designers across the United States and Canada.  It revealed top kitchen and bath industry trends that include:

  • Gray color schemes for kitchens and baths.  NKBA notes “shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces that many consumers desire.”  Because the color is neutral, gray will never really go out of style and is easy to update with the latest trendy colors.  Consequently, gray makes a great color choice for kitchen and bath cabinetry.

kitchen and bath design gray color schemeTraditional Kitchen by Charlotte General Contractors Andrew Roby General Contractors. Photo courtesy of Houzz.

  • The blending of traditional with contemporary design to create a transitional style has become a popular design trend in 2013.  The beauty of this is that it gives the ability to create a unique look, pulling from both traditional and modern styles.  NKBA reports that within the past year usage of transitional design surpassed traditional design for the first time.

Two other trends noted for 2013 that complement kitchen and bath cabinet design and color are the use of quartz countertops and satin nickel finishes.

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Caesarstone quartz countertop.  Photo courtesy of United Marble.
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Satin nickel finish used in this Modern Kitchen by Scottsdale Interior Designers & Decorators Jamie Herzlinger.  Photo courtesy of Houzz.
Whatever design style, material, color, countertop or hardware you want to use for your next project, South Shore Millwork has the expertise and resources to help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create custom kitchen and bath cabinets and other woodworking elements to suit any taste.  Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England and beyond.