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



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


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.

South Shore Millwork’s Budd Kelley Named to “The List”

We are excited to announce that Budd Kelley, our Director of Business Development here at South Shore Millwork, has been named in Boston Common Magazine‘s “The List”!

In case you’re not familiar with “The List,” this feature recognizes individuals who Boston Common believes are doing something unique and interesting. You can check out the December 2011/January 2012 edition (which features quite a few big names, including Drew Barrymore, Rachel McAdams, and Daniel Radcliffe) by visiting Boston Common‘s online issue. Flip to page 52, where you’ll see Budd Kelley listed at the top of the third column. It’s an honor to be mentioned, so congratulations to Budd and thanks to Boston Common!

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Custom Doors Make a Statement

When designing a home or business, the entrance is always a very important element of the overall design. When striving to make a fabulous first impression, it can’t hurt to put some extra creativity and thought into the door.

At South Shore Millwork, we can create the one-of-a-kind 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, we can deliver.

Round doors are a very distinctive look, and they can work wonderfully for a variety of different home or business styles. Take a look at some inspirational photos of rounded doors, below.

Our doors are carefully hand-crafted by skilled craftsmen in our Boston-area shop, so each one is a unique work of art. Contact South Shore Millwork today for more information about our custom doors or other custom woodworking for your New England architecture, design or construction project.

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South Shore Millwork in the Press

South Shore Millwork has been in business for 20 years, and during that time we have worked with some of the best architects, interior designers, and builders in the Boston area and all over New England. We put a very strong emphasis on quality and craftsmanship from fabrication to installation, and everything in between, and our impeccable custom woodworking has been featured in a number of notable publications, including:

  • New England Home
  • Boston Design
  • CWB Magazine
  • Southern New England Home
  • Architectural Digest
  • Design New England
  • Cape & Islands
  • Connecticut Builder

South Shore Millwork also retains membership in a number of trade organizations- the Architectural Woodwork Institute, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the Builders Association of Greater Boston.

We are proud to work with so many talented industry professionals, and look forward to providing the high-end custom millwork for your next project!

AWI Certified Custom Millwork

When choosing a custom millwork company for your design or construction project in the Boston area, it is important to consider the qualifications of your potential choices. Membership in a trade organization implies that the company maintains a high level of quality in their products and is respected within the industry.

South Shore Millwork is a proud member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), a non-profit trade association founded in 1953. AWI sets the standard for excellent woodworking with guidelines that encourage service, craftsmanship and excellence.

We are certified by the AWI Quality Certification Program, which lets you know that you can trust the craftsmanship and quality of our projects. To learn more about our operation, you can visit our website and explore our portfolio, take a tour of our shop, and find out more about the various types of custom woodworking we provide for architects, interior designers and builders all over New England.

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Curved Beam Ceilings

Our Boston-area custom millwork company is able to create a variety of curved and rounded elements for your building project, whether it is new construction, home remodeling, or a historic renovation. We work with interior designers, architects, and builders all over New England, and our curved elements always add architectural elegance to any space, big or small.

Curved ceiling beams are a beautiful way to introduce custom woodwork into a project, for that extra bit of visual interest and architectural character. Take a look at some great examples of this style, below.

South Shore Millwork created this grand ceiling, which helps to draw the focus of the room upwards towards the impressive chandelier.

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We created this unique beamed ceiling in which the rich, dark wood contrasts beautifully with the stark white surfaces.

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To find out more about our custom woodworking services, visit South Shore Millwork or call 888.903.5308 today!

South Shore Millwork’s Cape Cod Project

One of our favorite projects was a private residence that we worked on in Cape Cod. We hand planed the wood work to give it that “old world” hand worked charm. We did the architectural millwork on both the private library and basketball court.

Architectural Millwork by South Shore Millwork

Architectural Millwork by South Shore Millwork

At South Shore Millwork we create an environment that allows our clients vision to be realized. Our strong relationships with New England’s finest architects, interior designers and contractors help us stay on top of the latest trends hitting our industry. For more information about South Shore Millwork please visit us online at or give us a call at 888.903.5308.

Architectural Features by South Shore Millwork: Arched Doorways

An arched doorway can create a more aesthetically beautiful entrance into a room or home. Typical of early American and British homes in 1900s, arched doorways can add an Old World elegance to your design style. At South Shore Millwork we can create an arched doorway to your existing doorframe. This architectural feature is custom designed with our high-quality craftsmanship.

Arched doorways will not only add a timeless appeal to your home, its curved design is also able to withstand more weight than a more common post-and-beam door. Take a look at some of our arched doorway designs below.

For more information on how we transform your existing doorway into an beautiful arched doorway contact South Shore Millwork at 888-903-5308.