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.

Custom Architectural Millwork: When Only the Best Will Do…

Mudroom custom cabinetry, custom bench seating, custom storage, custom woodwork, custom architectural millwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandWhen looking for a high-end architectural millwork company for a new home, remodeling project, or commercial space, it’s important to look at the credentials and experience of the potential supplier.  South Shore Millwork not only has the credentials and a wealth of experience, but over the years we have earned an excellent reputation too.

AWI Quality CertificationSouth Shore Millwork is an Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) Certified Quality Woodworker, which shows commitment to achieving the highest levels of craftsmanship, customer service, and overall excellence.  The AWI Quality Certification Program sets the industry standard when it comes to high-end architectural woodwork.  “Credentials are earned through comprehensive testing and inspection.  Woodworkers need to demonstrate the ability to fabricate, finish, and install work in accordance with quality grade criteria set forth in the Architectural Woodwork Standards” as stated on the AWI QCP website.

In addition to South Shore Millwork’s accreditation from AWI, we have over 20 years of experience creating commercial and residential custom architectural millwork.  Since 1991, South Shore Millwork has helped make projects successful throughout the Boston area, New England, and beyond by providing the finest custom cabinetry, doors, windows, paneling, and trim.  Architects, builders, designers, homeowners, and other industry professionals choose South Shore Millwork when only the best will do.
family room with custom built-ins, ceiling beams, bookcases, fireplace surround, cabinetry, mouldings, woodworking, millwork, Boston, MA, New England

Recent comments from our valued customers:

“…very impressed with the quality of all of your millwork as well as the installation.” ~General Contractor, Commercial Project, Boston, August 2012

“We appreciate South Shore Millwork’s high quality, teamwork, and can-do attitude.” ~General Contractor, Ecclesiastical Project, Metrowest, October 2012

“…very impressed with the high quality of your work.  I like the fact that you were very confident and cared about what you do.  Your shop drawings were the best I’ve seen.  Everyone I dealt with was very down to earth.”  ~Architect, Residential Project, Metrowest, October 2012

“I wanted you to know the door package got high praise on the site from the clients, the architects, and our crew.  Thanks for doing your part.” ~General Contractor, Residential Project, Boston, October 2012

“From start to finish South Shore Millwork has been a true pleasure and partner for our recent job.  We look forward to the opportunity to work with such great craftsmen again.” ~Architect, Commercial Project, November 2012

“…all of the windows have been delivered and installed and the meeting room is ready for use…and thanks to South Shore Millwork for a quick turn around on production!!  They look and operate great!!!  What a difference!” General Contractor, Residential Project, Boston, January 2013

“…appreciated your high quality workmanship and attention to detail.” ~Architect, Residential Project, Boston, April 2013

Defining Architectural Millwork – what is it?

architectural millwork, woodwork, custom library, shelving, corbel, trim, Boston, MA, New EnglandThe terms “architectural woodwork” and “architectural millwork” are frequently interchanged.  The term “architectural woodwork” implies a product is made out of wood.  The term “architectural millwork” can incorporate the use of non-wood materials such as plastic laminates specified for many commercial projects.  Regardless, the terms “architectural millwork” and “architectural woodwork” are used interchangeably.

So what is it?

A simple question with a not-so-easy answer.  Plus it depends on who you ask.  The New England School of Architectural Woodworking has one of the best definitions we could find.  The school defines architectural woodwork as:

“…all the wood exposed to view when the building is completed.  This includes residential and commercial cabinetry (kitchens, baths, storage, offices, closets), doors, windows, stairs, paneling, trim, and shelving.  Almost everything made of wood, built into or attached to the interior of a building.”

But is this definition entirely inclusive?  Almost but not quite.

custom kitchen island, pine, Boston, Massachusetts, New England, architectural millwork, custom woodworkArchitectural millwork does not have to necessarily be built-in to a structure. It can be a free-standing piece such as this rolling kitchen island (pictured right) that South Shore Millwork built for a home on the South Shore.  Not to mention architectural millwork can be either stock (“off-the-shelf”), semi-custom, or custom such as what South Shore Millwork provides.

There is also exterior architectural millwork which is not part of the interior of a building.  It can include exterior trim and balusters as shown below that South Shore Millwork provided for a home in the Boston area.  Exterior millwork can add visual interest to the outside of a structure.custom exterior trim, columns, balusters, architectural millwork, Boston, MA, New England

Since architectural millwork is usually built-in to the structure, knowledge of other trades is critical.  For example when we engineer a kitchen, it is essential for us to know plumbing and lighting locations and specifications before drawings are produced for approval, fabrication, and installation.  Frequently we need further information regarding framing, flooring, stone, tile, and audio visual equipment before the product can be fabricated.

Custom dressing room, architectural millwork, woodwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandCustom architectural millworkers such as South Shore Millwork, get involved in specialty items that will become a part of the product we are producing such as the fabric panels for this custom dressing room we made (pictured right.)  Other specialty items can include things such as glass, metals, and hardware.  Consequently, attention to detail is imperative in order for the project to meet expectations for these one-of-a-kind items.

If you are looking for the best in custom architectural millwork, look no further.  South Shore Millwork is the symbol of quality and fine craftsmanship in the woodworking industry.  We have an unparalleled reputation in the residential and commercial markets.  Our team of highly skilled craftsmen work closely with clients to ensure our work reflects the lifestyle and personality of each project.

Interesting & Informative Housing Industry News

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Custom windows, doors, trim, and columns by South Shore Millwork

Last week the S&P/Case-Shiller home price indices were released.  The monthly report is a leading measure of U.S. home prices.  The data released on January 29, 2013 showed the best yearly gain in home prices since 2006, when the housing market started to slip.

S&P/Case-Shiller reported “In the 12 months ended in November, prices rose in 19 of the 20 cities and fell in New York… Phoenix led with the fastest price rise – up 22.8% in 12 months as it posted its seventh consecutive month of double-digit annual returns.”  Closer to home, the index reported an annual increase of 2.3% in home prices in the Boston area market.

The report also mentions that “Housing is clearly recovering. Prices are rising as are both new and existing home sales.  Existing home sales in November were 5.0 million, highest since November 2009.  New home sales at 398,000 were the highest since 2010.  These figures confirm that housing is contributing to economic growth.”

Furthermore, the latest report from The Warren Group’s Banker & Tradesman says “The number of completed foreclosures in Massachusetts dropped by almost 13% in 2012 to 7,424 down from 8,531 in 2011.”

And if low interest rates, home prices rising, and the decrease in foreclosures are not positive enough signs for the housing industry, demand is outpacing supply.  Prashant Gopal reported in Bloomberg that almost a third of the listings in Washington D.C., Denver, and Seattle are under contract in two weeks or less.  Gopal goes on to say “One home in Washington attracted 168 offers in December and sold for almost twice the asking price.  About 70 people lined up last month for a lottery to select buyers for four available houses in a San Ramon, California, subdivision where, in August, bidders camped for weeks to secure purchases.”  This may be partly due to “a 12-year low in U.S. home listings that is driving up home prices and preventing transactions from returning to normal levels” according to Gopal.

Finally the future is looking brighter.