Beautiful residential and commercial stile and rail fire rated doors, built to your exact specifications

With South Shore Millwork’s custom fire doors and frames, you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety.

South Shore Millwork’s stile and rail fire rated doors are not only made to meet the highest quality construction standards of up to 90-minute fire ratings, they are also custom-made to your exact design specifications. If you can imagine it, we can build it.

Meeting the standards

Twenty through 90-minute residential and commercial stile and rail fire rated doors feature full panel relief and are carefully engineered to match our non fire rated doors, for a uniform look throughout your commercial or residential project.

Our residential and commercial stile and rail fire rated doors have been specially engineered and tested to maintain a standard 1-3/4″ thickness up to a 90-minute fire rating. You do not need to jump to the 2-1/4” thickness with our doors.

  • All South Shore Millwork’s stile and rail fire doors comply with the following standards: UBC7-2-1997, UL 10-C (positive pressure), NFPA 252 (1995),ASTM-252, and UL10-B (neutral pressure). Read more about how we meet the industry standards.

Architectural flexibility and consistency

  • Choose a hardwood species such as Mahogany or White Oak. Next, choose a style. Style is only limited by your imagination. Then, leave the rest up to our talented team of craftsmen to create your beautiful external and internal fire doors.
  • For a striking, consistent look throughout your entire property, let us build all your doors, including non fire-rated doors.

If you are looking for residential or commercial stile and rail fire rated doors, built to your exact specifications, let the talented professionals here at South Shore Millwork help. Our Boston,Massachusetts area millshop team 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.

Call Wayne Barthe today at 508-226-5500 or email him at wbarthe@southshoremillwork.com.

 

 

What’s been happening at our architectural millwork shop?

Solar Project recap at South Shore Millwork

What we have learned: There are many moving pieces and details to manage when adding solar to your architectural millwork shop!

This past week was an exciting one at South Shore Millwork with the:

  • Field excavation being completed.
  • New addition well under construction.
  • Electrical components ordered.
  • Installers selected.
  • Permits submitted.
  • Solar panels mounted.

The mounting of the solar panels was interesting to watch. The panels are mounted to a racking system which is secured to the ground by means of a specialized 6 foot screw; this patented screw is manufactured by Terrasmart. The screws are driven into the ground and the racks are bolted to the top of the screw. It’s a pretty amazing thing so see – a 6 foot screw!

During the past couple of weeks, we have: 

  • Ordered from Terrasmart more than 300 screws.
  • Received from Borrego Solar’s team of engineers a 75% drawing approval set for electrical and structural considerations.
  • Sent out the drawing approval set for bid to the electrical contractors.
  • Ordered SMA Inverters and Canadian Solar Panels.
  • Performed a site walk through with the electrical contractors.
  • Completed the layout of the electrical room switch gear, inverters, and disconnect switches.
  • Began the permitting paperwork process.

Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

If you’d like to discuss an upcoming custom architectural millwork project, please contact Wayne Barthe at 781-738-3012 or email him at wbarthe@southshoremillwork.com.

Also, be sure to check out some of our custom architectural millwork projects and see for yourself why we are known as the New England luxury builder of fine millwork and casework.

A brighter future at South Shore Millwork!

Expanding our efforts in Living Green

Our third expansion project, as previously mentioned in our other two blog posts this week, is our solar project! At South Shore Millwork, we are really excited to be gaining greater energy independence through the world’s cleanest energy – Solar!

We have selected Borrego Solar to manage the installation of a solar array on top of our new 47,000 square foot millwork shop, and a solar array field on the grounds in the rear.

The solar arrays will produce 880kW of electricity annually for the next 30 plus years. There will be 2,242 of ground mounted panels and 646 roof mounted panels that will produce enough electrical energy to power our 80,000 square feet state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, office equipment and lighting.

Other ways we are Living Green

1. Our wood dust is collected by our state-of-the-art dust collection system into trailers that are hauled away each month by a New England-based wood pellet manufacturer. The wood dust is then re-purposed in the highest quality residential and commercial wood pellet grade fuel. The pellets, made from sustainably produced biomass, play a major role in reducing demand for fossil fuels. This renewable resource plays a significant contribution to meeting regional energy demands.

2. Our solid and scrap wood waste is collected in roll-off containers and hauled to a regional wood waste recycler. The solid and scrap wood is then ground into organic wood-based products such as landscaping mulch, soil blends and safety playground surfacing products.

3. We also recycle our finish stain and cleaning solvents in house. We employ a technology allowing us to minimize the waste created by our finish stains and cleaning solvents by 90%. Prior to purchasing this technology, our used stains and solvents were liquid waste that had to be responsibly disposed of through a third-party vendor. Now this liquid waste is recycled, and the liquids such as stains and paint thinners are cleaned, distilled, reclaimed, and used over and over with virtually no loss of effectiveness. The investment in this technology has created a cost savings to the company while minimizing disposable waste to near nothing.

We will continue to provide regular updates on the solar project, so please check back often.

If you would like to discuss a residential millwork or commercial millwork project, give Wayne a call at 781.738.3012 or  email him at wbarthe@southshoremillwork.com.

 

South Shore Millwork Building Expansion

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Sunday we blogged about our first of three expansions, the addition of Wayne Barthe. Today, we’re going to update you on our second expansion – our architectural millwork shop project. We are excited to report that about a month ago, … Continue reading

What’s new in luxury home wine cellars?

“It’s an exciting trend seeing wine cellars moving up from the basement level, being incorporated in many luxury home’s living spaces.” Jeff Burton, President, South Shore Millwork

In the not too distant past, the wine cellar primarily resided in the homeowner’s basement. This was to protect one’s investment by providing proper temperature control and safety. Today, wine cellars, or wine rooms, are being located within the home’s main living space, where consumers and collectors are enjoying their accessibility and eye-catching beauty.

Talented, high-end architectural millworkers will blend the look of the wine room with the rest of the home’s décor, including features such as curved and radius woodwork, coffered ceilings, hand-carved tasting tables, and stunning lattice work. These rooms are elegant works of art that become the focal point of your client’s living space.

What is the best wood species to use in your client’s high-end wine room? Mahogany.  Mahogany is the most durable; it will not warp or swell and this is especially important if you are using a climate-controlled system. Mahogany is also a great choice because it can be stained and lacquered to match the rest of your client’s home décor.  But, one important thing to keep in mind, chemicals in stain and paint can travel through corks and spoil the flavor of wine, so be sure to use a water-based stain!

Give us a call today! We love to talk with architects, interior designers, and general contractors about how we may help with their client’s high-end architectural millwork projects.

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.

Today

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.

Jeff

Resawn Lumber

Resawing lumber into thinner pieces, resawn lumber, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandLet us help you make your customer’s vision a reality.

Your environmentally conscious customer calls to tell you they see a gorgeous, bowed hand railing for their new curved stairway in their back yard! What they really see… an oak tree’s stump. This is when you call us. We cut the wood to the right specifications and you’re on your way to creating that work of art. Or, let us create it for you!

As New England’s largest resawn lumber provider, woodworkers, wholesale lumber suppliers, and millwork shops count on South Shore Millwork for their resawn lumber needs.  We have the manpower and equipment to cut thick lumber into thin cuts.  Our stock or yours, the outcome is the same – resawn lumber cut just right to your specifications.

Products

  • Standard thicknesses: 1/10”, 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”re-sawn lumber, architectural millwork, architectural woodworking, Boston, Massachusetts, New England
  • Other sizes available upon request
  • Available in widths 1-1/2” to 13”
  • Any wood species

Benefits

  • Cost effectivere-sawn lumber, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New England
  • Sustainable practice
  • Uniform color and grain
  • Bookmatching is standard
  • Glueable faces
  • Reduction in sand-through errors
  • More stable than veneer
  • No checks

Sample Uses

  • Door skins
  • Flooring
  • Curved mouldings
  • Boat building

Resawn lumber, custom tailored to fit your unique vision. Contact us to learn more.

Trim and Moulding: Make a Royal Statement

maple ceiling and trimA room without crown moulding is like a queen without her crown!

Upon entering a newly constructed or renovated room, your eyes scan the floor, then the walls looking at the doorways and windows and then, finally, the ceiling.  You know something is missing; the room doesn’t look quite right – it looks… unfinished.

That’s where South Shore Millwork’s custom trim and moulding come in.  Whether residential, commercial or historical, baseboard, casing, chair rail, or crown moulding, these design elements add finery to any room worthy of royalty.white painted crown moulding

Trim must be of the highest quality and must be carefully chosen to further the aesthetic of the space.  It can make a powerful design statement by highlighting distinctive features and creating focal points in rooms.  Moulding design elements not only enhance a home’s interior but it can add visual interest to a home’s exterior too.  Whether your home’s style leans classic or modern, you can customize it with gorgeous architectural details.

exterior white painted crownSouth Shore Millwork works with architects, general contractors, custom home builders and interior designers from all over New England to create commercial and residential spaces of distinction.  We stock 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.  So please take a peek at our extensive moulding catalog or contact us to learn more about our eye-catching finishing touches.

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.