The 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.
Architectural 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.
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 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.
South Shore Millwork is proud to be an AWI Certified Quality Woodworker. Learn more at www.awiqcp.org
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