South Shore Millwork is expanding!

We have been quiet on the blogging front the past couple of months, but in the shop at South Shore Millwork, it’s been everything but!

First, we expanded our executive team. We hired a new vice president of business development and consulting.

Second, we are expanding our architectural millwork shop. We got approval to add 47,000 square feet.

Third, we are expanding our ways of protecting and helping the environment. We are adding a solar array on top of the new building, and a solar array field on the grounds behind it.

Expansion #1: Meet New Hire Wayne Barthe

We recently welcomed Wayne Barthe to the executive management team at South Shore Millwork. He is our new vice president of business development and consulting. And, let me tell you, Wayne wasted no time hitting the ground sprinting! But, before we get into what he’s been up to around here the last couple of months, let’s give you a little background on Wayne.

Wayne’s credentials

Having spent the last 20 plus years in various executive positions employed by firms like Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LexisNexis, Wilmerhale and Fidelity Investments, Wayne brings solid, practical business and strong client relationship experience to his role at South Shore Millwork.

To complement his business experience, Wayne holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University, and project management certification from Boston University.

Why was Wayne selected for this position?

According to Owner Jeff Burton, he was looking for a business development leader who would not only further expand South Shore Millwork’s market presence in New England and take us into Connecticut and New York, but he was also looking for someone with excellent business acumen, a solid reputation, and an ability to figure out and understand the needs of sophisticated customers.

Wayne’s areas of expertise

  • Uncovering and developing new business opportunities
  • Building and maintaining successful, long-term professional relationships
  • Helping clients overcome challenges by presenting them with applicable options and solutions
  • Negotiating and managing large-scale, complex projects

Why Wayne chose South Shore Millwork

When asked what drew him to South Shore Millwork, Wayne says, “I was drawn to South Shore Millwork for its recognition as an industry leader. I am excited to be part of a growing company that makes decisions quickly and responds to customer requests at a moment’s notice.”

Wayne outside of work

Wayne lives in Norton with his wife Kathleen and their three children, and is actively involved in several charitable organizations including:

  • American Lung Association – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • My Brother’s Keeper
  • City of Hope

What has Wayne been up to the last couple of months?

During the past few months, Wayne has entrenched himself in learning who South Shore Millwork’s current and previous clients are, and making every effort to introduce himself to as many as possible. In addition to client introductions and responding to new requests, Wayne has been working on updating marketing collateral and avenues to promote South Shore Millwork. We are expanding our target markets to include, Connecticut, New York and the Islands. And, Wayne has been involved with managing the company’s Solar Project initiative.

If you would like to discuss a project, give Wayne a call at 781.738.3012 or contact him via email at

In the coming days, we will be updating you on the other two expansions: the mill shop and solar projects, so please, stay tuned!


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.


Our Custom Doors are Open to Possibilities…

custom door entryand the possibilities are endless!  No matter what kind of custom door you are looking for, South Shore Millwork has the skill and products to meet your demands.  We custom make a wide variety of doors from entry doors to interior doors to fire doors.  Classic or modern, we can create the exact door you need.  Like everything we produce, your door will be unique.  We hand make every door, never using conveyor belts or production lines.  Yet we utilize the most up-to-date CNC machining equipment for sizing and mortising your door hardware.

Interior Doorscustom door interior mahogany pocket door
Interior doors include sliding doors, pocket doors, folding doors, blind doors, French doors, Dutch doors, flush doors, panel doors, and louver doors.  Interior doors can make or break the interior design of a home or commercial space, however the importance of their design is often overlooked.  Vanessa Brunner of Houzz explains “a beautiful door is one of those subtle necessities that can make a big difference in … style.  Like trim or moulding, most doors go fairly unnoticed, but they can have a dramatic effect on the look of the room.”  And you can turn to South Shore Millwork for help.  We work closely with clients to ensure our work reflects the lifestyle and personality of each project.

Exterior Entrance Doorscustom door oak entry
When designing a home or business, the entrance is always a very important element of the overall design.  We can create a front door that will set your project apart from the rest, creating instant visual impact and serving as a fitting introduction to the rest of the space.  Whether you require a historic reproduction or a sleek modern look, commercial or residential, we can help you create it.

Fire Rated Doors
Fire doors offer homes and commercial properties protection against the spread of fire and smoke.  If you’ve always thought that the requirement for fire rated doors meant compromising the design aspect of the job, think again.  Here at South Shore Millwork we can create hundreds of different style fire rated doors.  We can match existing non-rated doors to give a clean consistent look with the same details as standard doors.  You won’t even be able to tell it’s a fire door.

And while most other fire door manufacturers only offer higher fire ratings with a thicker door, we have specially designed our fire doors to maintain standard 1 ¾” thickness for ratings up to 90-minutes.  We also offer 20-minute fire rated glass doors, yet another way to maintain safety and style in your project.

Stave Cores & Stave Core Doorsstave core
Wood 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.  We offer stave cores for 1 7/8” to 2 3/8” thick doors and up to 120” long.

Finger-jointed hard, soft, or rot resistant stave cores provide stability for all types of wood doors. In addition “stave core doors offer greater stiffness and resistance to breakage” notes Algoma Hardwoods.  They go on to say that “this is especially true at hardware cutouts and glass openings… and should be specified for use on projects or areas where doors may be subject to heavy usage or abuse.”

Whatever type of custom door you are looking for, leave it to the experts at South Shore Millwork to create it.  We have built a reputation for uncompromising quality and unparalleled service; providing custom woodworking, mouldings, windows, and doors throughout the Boston area, New England, and beyond.

Shhhh! There’s a Secret in this Custom Fireplace Surround!


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South Shore Millwork created this elegant 25 foot tall custom fireplace surround in mahogany with hand carved features and panels that have over 50 different profiles.  But did you know this fireplace surround holds an exciting secret?  Check out the video … Continue reading

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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White Custom Kitchen Cabinets are Anything but Boring!

South Shore Millwork completed these not so boring white custom kitchen cabinets with stylish elements to add excitement.  Details such as gorgeous granite countertops, open ceilings, beamed ceilings, glass cabinetry doors, and stylish lighting make these kitchens anything but boring. 

Keeping up with trends is easy because elements can be changed to keep the kitchen looking updated.  Tabatha Sukhai from This Old House online explains white kitchen cabinetry “makes for unlimited design possibilities, serving as a ready canvas for affordable tweaks like candy-colored cabinet pulls, and easy-install backsplashes.” 

“The use of white not only makes a kitchen look bigger and airier, it also provides a clean canvas for showcasing other elements to create an inviting, enchanting, and functional kitchen” adds Leah Konen of Elle Decor “Wood finishes look richer against white; printed fabrics pop even more; and lighting fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants stand out as sculptural elements against the neutral backdrop.”

If you’re looking for a provider for your next renovation or new construction high-end custom kitchen cabinet project, contact South Shore Millwork today.  Our full service Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create cabinets and other custom woodworking elements to fit any design style.  Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England.

Kitchen Design Trend: Masculine Cabinetry

One of the biggest changes we’re seeing lately in custom kitchen cabinetry is a move towards more substantial, masculine design. As this article from the Boston Globe explains, a “squarer, thicker, chunkier, and more architectural” look is becoming increasingly popular for luxury kitchens.

To balance this more substantial cabinetry style, designers are adding feminine finishes and accent materials, from painted cabinets to marble counters to shimmery backsplashes. Take a look at a few beautiful kitchens that illustrate this design style.


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White paint, a coffered ceiling, and glossy white subway tile balance out the blocky profile of the cabinetry in this classic contemporary kitchen.

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We love the mix of finishes in this warm, masculine chef’s kitchen.

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This contemporary kitchen is a great example of masculine cabinetry and bold, substantial woodwork combined with a shimmery, delicate backsplash of horizontal tiles.

If you’re looking for a Boston custom millwork provider for your next high-end kitchen design project, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Norton, Massachusetts based luxury millwork company can create custom cabinets to fit any design style.



Bathroom Cabinetry Trends for 2012

What are homeowners looking for in bathroom design today? Take a look at some of the top bathroom design trends for 2012.

  • Natural materials- Wood and stone help to create a soothing retreat.
  • Subtle, soft colors- People want the bathroom to be a relaxing space, so calming blues and greens work well.
  • Warmer metals- Champagne and oil-rubbed bronze are in.
  • Wood tones- Weathered, driftwood gray is popular, as well as soft, warm woods.
  • Texture- Porcelain tiles with woodgrain or other natural textures are becoming more and more popular.

If you are a luxury designer or architect looking for a high-end millwork company, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Boston millwork company can create beautiful custom cabinetry that your clients will love. Visit our website to explore more of our custom millwork and high-end custom cabinetry.

Designers, what are your favorite bathroom design trends of the moment? Leave us a comment with your answer!

photo via Houzz

Design Museum Boston

At our Norton, Massachusetts millwork company, we are proud to work with some of the best Boston architects, designers, and home builders on luxury residential and commercial projects throughout New England. It’s no secret that Boston has a lot going for it when it comes to great design, and now an innovative new museum is showcasing all that talent and history.

Architectural Record reports that Design Museum Boston has no permanent address, instead popping up at unique venues throughout the city, from the trendy Liberty Hotel to the lightning rod of architectural controversy that is Boston City Hall. One of the creators, young industrial designer Sam Aquillano, describes the challenge of the museum:

We are a museum with many spaces. When people ask, where’s your museum, it’s a challenge to break through people’s pre-conceived notion of what a museum is.

We’re looking forward to seeing where Design Museum Boston will end up next. Have you attended any of their exhibitions? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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