Stave Cores for Doors

Our custom stave cores for wood doors are designed to perform, inside and out.

wood stave core for doorsNo other architectural woodwork takes more abuse than a door. At South Shore Millwork, we strongly encourage our customers to use stave core construction in doors with exposure to the elements, such as residential, commercial and industrial exterior doors and interior doors that will experience heavy usage.  Our stave core doors look amazing and offer greater firmness and resistance to breakage, which is important at hardware cutouts and glass openings.

Our high-quality, custom-made stave core is made by bonding together small pieces of wood to form a core blank.  Once bonded, it is sanded to a uniform thickness.  Finger-jointed hard, soft, or rot resistant wood cores provide stability for all types of wood as well as book matching capabilities.

South Shore Millwork has stave cores available for 1-7/8” to 2-3/8” thick doors and up to 120” long and are made to your custom specifications and wood species. Contact us for high performing stave cores to be used for your doors or in ours.

Curved & Radius Architectural Woodwork

Of the many types of custom architectural woodworking we do here at South Shore Millwork, some of our most extraordinary projects involve curved and radius work.

curved cabinetry, architectural woodwork, millwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandEntrance doors, cabinetry, and architectural features with rounded elements can be a beautiful addition to any design or renovation project, and we have the high quality craftsmanship to bring your vision to life.

Imagine a bar or countertop so luxurious in rich mahogany, its curves as smooth and flowing as silk, easily becoming the focal point of any high-end lounge, residential Chef’s kitchen or master suite.

historical oak curved entry door, architectural woodwork, millwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandPicture a majestic historical building with dramatically curved doors and windows, crafted from the finest old English oak, every detail perfectly matching to its original architectural design.

Or, the interior of a place of worship, luxury hotel or residence where radius raised panel millwork perfectly accentuates a domed ceiling, and passageways are framed with curved soffits enriching the look of every room.

We can plot your curved or radius piece for computer-aided manufacturing, have it re-sawn for vacuum pressing, or hand-carved at the bench for that custom-made distinction.

We partner with general contractors, construction managers, architects, and interior designers to consistently produce and deliver the finest architectural woodwork.

Let us create the extraordinary for you; contact us today!

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Excellence in Residential Architectural Woodworking

You only work with the best. And so do we. 

custom residential architectural millwork, woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandDiscerning interior designers, general contractors, builders, and architects choose to partner with South Shore Millwork on luxury residential projects because they want the best of both worlds – the industry’s most talented architectural millworkers, coupled with a talented team of professionals who is fully committed to the success of all projects.

Our estimators, engineers, project managers, craftsmen, and installers work with you as a cohesive team. Their ability to anticipate, pinpoint and correct areas of concern, and deliver an improved version of your vision, are just some of reasons why our team is so highly regarded.

Whether traditional, transitional, modern or contemporary, our architectural woodwork will take your breath away –

  • Elaborate woodwork in specialty rooms including bowling alleys, basketball courts, media rooms, pools and spas

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  • Amazing Chef’s kitchens with stunning custom kitchen cabinets

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  • Beautifully crafted bath vanities featuring curved or rounded elements become a work of art in your client’s master bath

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  • Impeccable built-ins, custom doors, windows, and mouldings throughout your client’s home

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  • Distinctive exterior architectural features including custom siding, intricate trim work, grand entranceways, and striking cupolas

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Experience the best when you collaborate with us on your next high-end residential project.  Contact us today!

Custom Architectural Millwork for Commercial Spaces

commercial conference table, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandAt South Shore Millwork our attention to the details, as well as to tight schedules, assures that your commercial project will be completed as promised, with even the finest detail intact. Put your trust in our ability to provide you with that feeling of total satisfaction the moment you walk into your new space.  We expect you will be awed by the perfection in the smallest accent in hardware to the largest components, on time, just the way you want it.

commercial office, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandFrom sleek display cabinetry for high-end retail shops; intricate historical restoration work; stunning restaurant and hospitality interiors; office fit-outs to support your client’s corporate image; traditional yet sophisticated casework for academic establishments – no matter what the industry or the style, project size or schedule constraints, South Shore Millwork partners with general contractors, construction managers, and architects to consistently produce  and deliver the finest architectural woodwork and casework for commercial spaces, capturing your client’s vision and creating a lasting, great first impression.

When you enter into your newly renovated commercial space we know that you will see a finished product that meets your every specification in the time agreed upon.

Make a great first impression on your next commercial project. Contact us today!

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Fire Rated Doors Can Have Style!

full panel fire rated doorFire rated doors offer homes and commercial properties protection against the spread of fire and smoke. However general contractors, architects, and interior designers experience design constraints due to limited choices available by mass-produced, production line assembled doors. But function and safety concerns don’t have to outweigh style thanks to South Shore Millwork’s custom capabilities.We can work almost any custom design feature into our fire rated doors carefully designed and engineered to match other non-rated doors. Matter-of-fact, we can provide all the doors for your project – fire rated or not.

 

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So you no longer need to settle for flush doors with plant-on mouldings when it comes to fire doors. South Shore Millwork’s fire rated doors offer full panel relief, engineered to match the profiles of other non-rated panel doors.

Doors are offered in both paint grade MDF and stain grade wood construction. Other manufacturers force you to make the jump to 2 ¼” thick doors for higher fire ratings but not us. We have specially engineered and tested our fire doors to maintain a standard 1 ¾” thickness up to a 90-minute fire rating.

In addition, we offer both neutral and positive pressure 20-minute fire rated doors and positive pressure 45-, 60-, and 90-minute fire rated doors. Please click on the link to see a complete list of our offerings.

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If you are looking for fire rated doors with style for your next project, 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.

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.

 

Custom Mouldings: Jewelry for the Home

custom moulding, trim moulding, crown moulding, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandUpscale interiors require a custom, personalized look that can only be achieved by considering every last surface of the room.  That means that architectural details like custom trim and moulding, must be of the highest quality, and must be carefully chosen to further the aesthetic of the space.

Better Homes and Gardens explains “trim and moulding are like jewelry for your home: made to give basic walls, ceilings, entryways, and furniture a finishing look.  Trim and moulding make a powerful design statement by highlighting distinctive features and creating focal points in rooms.  Whether your home’s style leans classic or modern, you can customize it with gorgeous architectural details.”

custom trim moulding, baseboard, picture rail, casing, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandConsequently custom trim and moulding are design elements that can add depth, detail, and richness to a room.  Whether it is baseboard, casing, chair rail, or crown moulding, South Shore Millwork stocks hundreds of knives to create virtually any moulding profile.  And if we don’t have the profile in stock, we will have a custom knife made to fabricate any special requests.

If you are looking to add that extra something to make your next renovation project or new home stand out, South Shore Millwork can help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury architectural millwork company can create custom mouldings and other woodworking elements to fit any design style.  Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided in the Boston area, throughout New England and beyond.custom moulding, door casing, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New England

 

Boston Luxury Home Market Spiraling Upwards

boston luxury home marketBanker & Tradesman reports that April sales of Boston area luxury homes “suggest the past month will be the highest total for $1 million-plus single family home sales since 2008.  While the final tally is not yet rung, the (94) $1-million plus condo sales recorded in April are at the highest total for that month in more than 10 years and the second highest single sales month for luxury condos since August 2003, which has (117) $1 million-plus sales.”  Banker & Tradesman also notes that “it’s not only the Hub and its spokes which have seen a revival.  The Cape and Islands are also seeing brisk sales.”

So how does the Boston market compare nationally?  Redfin, the online real estate brokerage, reported on their blog recently that Boston ranked fifth in the top $1 million-plus home markets in the country based on homes sold January 2012 to March 2013.  Boston is the top market outside of red-hot California.

Rankings:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Silicon Valley, CA
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Boston, MA
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Dallas, TX

luxury housing market, custom architectural millwork, woodwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandLack of inventory seems to be the key reason for the rise in luxury home sales.  Banker & Tradesman notes that “[luxury market] buyers and sellers have the resources to hold out for the property or the prices they really want, and are less likely to be in a rush to secure a mortgage at a given interest rate.”  But with the limited availability of luxury homes for sale, buyers are feeling pressure to make a decision more quickly on a property they want.

Furthermore, the low inventory and strong demand in the marketplace is creating bidding wars. CNN Money reports that “in Cambridge, two condos that have been combined into one large home hit the market…for $800,000 each” according to Pat Villani, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England.  Pat says “the brokers stopped taking names after the number of bidders reached 250.  The winning bidder offered $2 million for both units.” Gradually more inventory will become available but it will take awhile to meet the demand.

Whether you plan on renovating or building on your recently purchased luxury property, South Shore Millwork can help.  Our Boston Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company provides all types of custom architectural woodworking such as custom cabinetry, doors, windows, and trim. Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided in the Boston area, throughout New England and beyond.

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