Choosing the best high-end residential hardwood flooring

Beautiful and Durable

Beautiful and Durable

Choosing the perfect luxury wood species for your high-end residential flooring

When selecting a hardwood species for your client’s high-end, luxury home, appearance is of the utmost importance, along with durability.

Is your client’s taste modern, traditional, rustic, or are they looking to undertake an historical renovation?

Different species of wood such as Cherry, Walnut, and Maple, along with professional hand-scraping to bring out the wood’s unique hardwood characteristics, support these different settings.

Let’s say, for example, your client’s taste is very elegant. Cherry, one of the world’s most exquisite species, would be the perfect match with its subtle, straight grain, and a satiny, smooth finish.

Or, for that client looking for magnificent radiance throughout their home, Walnut, with its swirling grain and rich dark brown tones, delivers just that look.

Furthermore, Walnut, when properly stained, would give that antique look your client wants to achieve in their historical renovation.

Don’t be fooled by their beauty; anything built from these hardwoods will last a lifetime.

We love to talk wood so please feel free to give us a call at 508-226-5500 to learn more. South Shore Millwork is your luxury architectural millwork shop located about equidistant between Boston and Providence in Norton, Massachusetts.

The South Shore Millwork Story

Jeffrey Burton, owner South Shore MIllworkA note from Jeff Burton, Owner, South Shore Millwork

Thank you for visiting our blog.  The South Shore Millwork blog is written by our dedicated marketing person on a weekly basis but this time I thought I would take some time to tell you a little bit about my start, our employees, and customers to give you a glimpse into who we are and what we stand for.

In the beginning

As a child, I liked spending time cutting wood on my father’s drill saw. What I liked most was, when I was done, I saw what I built, and it was a really good feeling. So, it was only natural then that I would attend a vocational school where I could hone my skills and prepare for a career in custom woodwork.

I graduated from Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, majoring in carpentry. Shortly after graduating, I started working as a furniture refinisher, and then moved on to a few architectural millwork shops, before finally realizing in 1991 that it was time to go out on my own. And, with the support of my wife, Sue, South Shore Millwork in Norton, Massachusetts became a reality!

I started small, before I knew it we had ten talented woodworkers, and we quickly grew to thirty in a matter of two years. That growth rate was the result of our team’s commitment to consistently providing not only an incredible product but also outstanding customer service.

I am personally involved in every hire, ensuring every new team member has a similar work ethic, talent, and the desire to provide an outstanding customer experience to every customer – architects, interior designers, general contractors, and construction managers.


South Shore Millwork would not be celebrating its 23rd year without the incredibly talented and dedicated 70+ person team of craftsman, engineers, installers, project managers, and administrative personnel. This team is the reason our high-end customers keep coming back, and why they refer their friends, families, and business associates. To learn more about them, please take a moment to look at their bios.

In summer 2014, we will be adding 47,000 additional square feet to our existing 33,000 square foot modern, climate controlled shop. Our new facility will include a newly designated area for commercial projects, increased areas for residential work, and will provide more efficiency in manufacturing. As always, South Shore Millwork will continue to blend time honored woodworking techniques with the latest advances in new technology.

Our specialty; our customers

I would say our specialty is two-fold – providing an outstanding customer experience coupled with incredibly beautiful woodwork. We cater to the luxury residential and commercial markets. Our staff is adept at taking an idea, a vision, and making it a reality, all the while keeping the client engaged, informed, and happy.

In closing, I thank you for taking the time to read my note. Please be sure to check out our work if you have a project you’d like us to review; or, if you are searching for a career, be sure to check out our open positions.


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.


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.