What makes Northshore Millwork's cabinets different from the competitors?
There is really not a manufacturing facility in the area that can make what we make here, since our quality standards are set so high. We custom make almost everything on site in Mandeville, LA where most other cabinet shops simply order cabinets from a manufacturing facility that do not follow the same standards. At Northshore Millwork, we follow the standards set by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) for premium cabinets, which are a step above custom cabinets in quality. We provide soft close drawers, quiet undermount drawer slides and wood grain matching in all of our cabinets at no extra charge. Most other cabinet shops will only offer these options at an upcharge, if at all. These small additions will be most noticeable in your overall look and functionality of your cabinets. Our drawer boxes are made of solid maple with a lock miter joint, one of the strongest joints for a drawer box, and are finished off with a conversion varnish that is the best on the market for long term durability.
Can I take a tour of the facility at Northshore Millwork and see how my cabinets will be built?
Absolutely! We encourage customers to visit our showroom and take a tour of our millwork shop, so you can see the quality of our work. You can even visit when your particular project is being built! We add finishes to all of our work at our facility for the highest quality finish in one of two well-lit and ventilated finishing booths. Some companies do this on the job site which is not recommended, since dust particles, bugs, lint, etc. can get into the finish during the application process.
Can I bring in internet or magazine photos of what I want or do I need architectural drawings?
It’s absolutely fine to bring in photos of styles, finishes or layouts that you like and we will create architectural drawings from them before we start on your project. Photos will help us capture the style, feel or layout you are trying to create in your space, if you do not have architectural drawings. We will always create our own set of architectural drawings to insure our cabinets are built to the exact dimensions we need to fit the space.
Do I need to work with a designer, builder or contractor to work with Northshore Millwork?
Absolutely not. We work with homeowners, business owners, as well as designers, builders, architects and contractors and offer the same level of professional customer service to everyone. Our staff can help you through the process of choosing the style, finish, wood type, and layout of your project and can offer high quality installation as well.
What will be the return on investment for updating my master bathroom and kitchen?
Real estate agents quote that your return on investment will be at least 80% when you update your master bathroom and kitchen, if done well. These two rooms are the most important rooms in the house for resale value. Outdoor kitchens can yield up to a 100% return on your investment currently due to their popularity. We even make custom cabinets using particular woods that can withstand the harsh outdoor climate.
Can Northshore Millwork replace a small section of crown moulding for my home to match the rest of the room?
Yes, the profile of your crown moulding will determine the cost for this, since you may require a custom knife to be cut. We will first try to match your profile to an existing knife to run your moulding and if it’s not available, then we can cut a knife in-house to match your existing profile. Custom knife cutting sets us apart from competitors and gives us the ability to do French Quarter and historical renovations and match any existing profile. We suggest making more trim than you need for any future repairs you may require to make the project most cost effective, since cutting a new knife can be costly. Another option for small rooms may be to change out all of the crown moulding for one that is readily available and doesn’t require a custom knife.
Does Northshore Millwork make custom furniture too?
Yes, we make custom designed furniture such as tables, desks, armoires, and entertainment centers, etc. We are best known for our kitchen and bath cabinets and radius architectural millwork, but we also make fireplace mantles, built-ins, columns, doors, windows and trim.
Does Northshore Millwork sell windows?
Yes, we are a full-service retailer for Marvin Windows, a leader in high quality windows as well as Weather Shield windows. We also make custom wood windows, which are popular in this area of Louisiana. We also make shutters on site, both functional and non-functional styles.
Does Northshore Millwork sell doors?
Yes, we make custom, solid wood doors and can purchase fiberglass exterior grade doors as well as interior doors for your home or office. Doors can be made out of any of our exotic or popular wood species kept on site, and other wood types can be ordered.
Will Northshore Millwork offer choices for the wood type, style and finish of my kitchen and bathroom cabinets?
Yes, we make everything custom so the choices are limitless, but we have several wood choices, cabinet styles and finishes available for you to see to help get you started. We can show you what qualities to look for in a well-made custom cabinet, so you can better understand the cabinet industry and how to make the best choices for long term durability.