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.


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.

Inspiring Design: Chartreuse Millwork

We love the beauty of luxurious, natural wood millwork, and white-painted millwork is also classic. But for a quirky, contemporary look, why not go out on a limb with a bold color? We came across these examples of chartreuse interiors and just had to share.

Somewhere between lime green and lemon yellow, chartreuse adds a poppy, citrus-y kick to any space. Take a look at some great ways to use chartreuse and fine millwork together.

The traditional built-in cabinetry in this historic home has been given a jolt of color, which contrasts nicely with the warm wood plank flooring.

A chartreuse door makes a statement in this otherwise understated foyer.

OK, so this is not an example of painted millwork, but look at how fabulous this chartreuse wall looks juxtaposed with a sleek floating sideboard in a rich, medium dark wood. Floating cabinets are a great choice for contemporary interior design, adding storage while still keeping an open feel to the space.

If you are looking for a luxury millwork company to create custom cabinetry, windows, doors, or other architectural details for your next design project, contact South Shore Millwork today.




Custom Windows for Unique or Historic Buildings

Windows are one of the architectural elements that best communicates a building’s style. In order to choose the correct windows, you must take into account the architectural style of the building, the scale, and many other concerns. Whether you are designing a unique new building or renovating a historic building, sometimes standard windows just won’t work. Fortunately, South Shore Millwork can help you complete your next design project with custom windows.

Our Boston millwork company can create arch topped windows, curved sashes, and many other window elements for both residential and commercial buildings. We would be happy to match existing windows, even for older buildings with elaborate detailing.

Custom windows can also be a great design component in contemporary spaces, so if you are an architect looking for a Boston window company, give us a call. We would love to help you bring your unique vision to life with custom millwork.

Our expert staff is ready to create your windows for even the most rigorous specifications, including specialty glazing and historic reproductions. Visit our website today to view our portfolio of custom windows.

photos via South Shore Millwork

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

Architectural Millwork: Box Beam Ceilings

Architectural Millwork: Box Beam CeilingsNothing says attention to detail and quality millwork quite like box beam ceilings.  In addition to adding a degree of elegance to a room, box beam ceilings also bring a sense of functionality as they are ideal for concealing unwanted wires or pipes.  Most often we see box beam ceilings in the more formal rooms of a home such as in the dining or living rooms, but they also can be a welcome surprise in other rooms of the house as well.

Interestingly enough, the finish on the box beam ceilings can dramatically impact the way a room is viewed.  For example, for a more rustic feel, distressed millwork can adorn the ceiling to help create a cozy atmosphere.  You can also create some contrast in a room by painting the box beam millwork one color and the walls and ceiling another color.  Utilizing an arched entryway into a room with box beam ceilings is another way to create a sense of elegance in a room.

If you are interested in learning more about box beam ceilings and how this design could work well for your design project, please contact the team of experts at South Shore Millwork for more information.

(Image via Houzz)

Creating Spanish Traditional Style With Millwork

Creating the Spanish Traditional Style With MillworkA sure way to add character to a home is by capturing the Spanish traditional style that we often see in Old World homes.  Houzz offers some suggestions below for creating the Spanish traditional style with custom millwork:

  • Utilize dark walnut moulding and cabinetry with ornamentation to give the kitchen an antique Spanish revival feel.
  • Consider concealing a large appliance such as the refrigerator with custom cabinetry.
  • Use custom millwork to create an arched cooking alcove over your kitchen’s stove.
  • Wooden ceiling beams are a dead giveaway of the Spanish style.  See our recent post about the various types of box ceilings.
Our experienced team at South Shore Millwork can partner with you to create Spanish traditional style in your home design projects with our high quality custom millwork.  We welcome you to view our portfolio of past projects on our website, and we would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your needs in further detail.
(Image via Houzz)

Architectural Detailing in a French-Inspired New York Home

We often give examples of architectural detailing used in luxury interior design here on the blog, so of course we just had to share this fabulous home seen in Architectural Digest. The article and slideshow take us inside the home of Michael S. Smith, an interior designer who has perfectly melded contemporary sensibilities with 18th-century French design in his Madison Avenue home.

Dentil moulding, columns, and an ornate fireplace mantel create an elegant backdrop for French antiques and chinoiserie elements.

(photo: Architectural Digest)Wide moulding and door frames combined with a distinctive lintel add style to this dining room.

(photo: Architectural Digest)

If you are a New England interior designer wanting to add intricate architectural detailing to your next luxury design project, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Boston millwork company creates custom mouldings, doors, windows, and other woodworking elements to accentuate high-end homes, businesses, and historic buildings.


Using Moulding to Highlight Art

One of the many services provided by interior designers is art selection, but the display of that art can be just as important as the work itself. Unfortunately we’ve all seen a great piece of art that, while beautiful, looks awkward or out of place due to the way it was hung. Context and scale are always important to displaying art, but the possibilities are endless when those issues are taken into consideration.

We recently came across a gorgeous method of display for a set of artwork. This photo from Elle Decor illustrates how millwork can be used to highlight art in residential design.

Architect Lee F. Mindel merged the classic with the contemporary in the living room of a 1902 Manhattan townhouse, grouping 26 color studies by Günther Förg into blocks that fit within the room’s traditional molding.

We love how the picture frame moulding is used to literally frame a grouping of paintings, as well as the juxtaposition between the dentil moulding and the bold, modern work.

How have you used moulding or other architectural millwork elements to accentuate artwork in your New England interior design projects? Share your ideas with us in the comments, and be sure to contact South Shore Millwork for high-end architectural woodcarvings for your next design project.

3 Top Bathroom Cabinetry Design Trends

For anyone in the residential remodeling industry, it’s no surprise that kitchens and bathrooms are the main areas that homeowners choose to remodel. A great master bathroom not only adds value to a home, but also provides the homeowner with a fantastic retreat in which to relax and recharge.

Cabinetry is one of the main components to consider in the bathroom, affording storage space and greatly contributing to the overall aesthetic of the space. Take a look at some of the top bathroom cabinetry trends for 2012.

(photo: Houzz)

Floating vanities are all the rage, and for good reason. They provide a wonderfully sleek, minimalist look to contemporary bathrooms, but the loss of storage space must be addressed. Vertical cabinets are thus becoming increasingly popular, due to their space-efficient footprint and storage-maximizing potential.

(photo: Houzz)

For more traditional interiors, furniture style cabinetry is a must. These vanities can range in style and finish to fit any space.

(photo: Houzz)

Frameless cabinetry has been growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Common in Europe and finally making their way across the pond, these cabinets provide more storage space, wider drawers, and are also more environmentally responsible because they use less materials than traditional cabinets.

So designers, what bathroom design trends are you incorporating into your residential remodeling work? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, and be sure to visit South Shore Millwork to explore our custom cabinetry and more from our Boston millwork company.

 source: Houzz