What is Custom Architectural Millwork?

A cabinet door has custom woodwork done to provide detail work.

The world of woodworking is a field that brings both functionality and aesthetic beauty to both residential and commercial buildings. Both “architectural millwork” and “architectural woodwork,” offer options for consumers only differing in their materials. The first term incorporates laminates into the wood, whereas the latter term is usually only wood-based materials. For this post, we will focus on a larger picture of what is custom architectural millwork and its uses in buildings. 

What is Architectural Millwork?

Let’s begin with a definition of this concept. Searching online will offer many different answers to this question. In our years of producing architectural millwork projects for home and business owners and continuing to hone our craft led us to the following definition:

Architectural woodwork/millwork includes every piece of visible wood when a building has been fully completed. Pieces include both residential and commercial doors, cabinetry (in all rooms), paneling, shelving, stairs, and more. 

If you see wood exposed in a building, what you see is the result of architectural millwork. When these parts have been made unique for that building or customer, that product is a custom one. 

Examples of Types of Architectural Millwork Pieces

Now let’s go through some examples of architectural millwork pieces in particular. These pieces may include:

  • Balustrades - these are special railings. Balustrades get support from balusters, or ornamental walls that form a protective layer on balconies or bridges. 
  • Baseboards - the board runs along the bottom of a wall.
  • Beams - squared off timber wood or metal that supports the roof or next level in a building.
  • Cabinetry - box-shaped cubes with doors and/or drawers for storage that cannot be moved. 
  • Columns - These are cylindrical pillars supporting arches or other structures.
  • Crown Molding - These are the pieces that run between the top of walls and the ceiling. 
  • Doors and Door Casings - Doors define the entry and exit points to rooms or the building.
  • Mantels - Mantels are the chimney and fireplaces areas.
  • Stairways - Stairways form the steps, railing, and banisters that connect floors.

Basically, if you see wood inside a building, you see millwork. If the design is unique or tailored to the building or maybe even to the specific room, you probably have a custom design. If the design in your building isn’t up to your standards, call in professional architectural millworkers to design and install your accents. Ferrante Manufacturing Company has experience working in commercial and residential spaces bringing our varied clients the design they wanted to express their brand or style.

Give us a call today at (313) 571-1111 to chat more about your unique project.

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