By Deb Mowbray
Millwork- (mil wurk) n. – woodwork, doors, moldings, casings, baseboards, ready made by a lumber mill. When referring to Shore Lumber and Millwork in Centreville, this definition can be expanded to include: extensive line of quality woodwork and building supplies by brand name companies and professional craftsmen. In fact, Shore Lumber and Millwork takes significant measures to define itself above the competition.
Founded on the principles that quality building materials and personal service should be standard, this innovative company features products and services not often found in traditional lumberyards. The professional staff, lead by owner E.P. Cronshaw, offers over 100 years of combined experience in the building and construction industry. “We are the best kept secret around,” says Cronshaw. He opened Shore Lumber in 1998 with his wife Linda after 22 years in the business.
Manager Bob Skilling credits the staff as the big reason they trump the competition. “A lot of people come to us because they’ll get individual attention through the entire process,” says Bob. “Our in-house kitchen designer, Catie Hughes, does everything from layouts to supervising renovations. Kitchen design is a detailed project so it’s important to stay with it through completion,” he adds. Catie is a certified kitchen and bath designer.
Shore Lumber’s extensive inventory includes a full line of framing and treated lumber for exterior and interior construction. “We carry a unique brand of lumber called YP Framer series from Weyerhaeuser that is FFC Certified and Huber Zip System Sheathing,” says Cronshaw. Decorative moldings, from arch casings to traditional and curved stairways, are available in all species of wood. Discerning customers appreciate the distinctive details and security found in Emtek designer door handles and locks. Windows and doors specialist Roland Travis stocks reputable brands like Anderson and Therma Tru. Their full service kitchen and bath design department and showroom tout products such as Plato, Diamond, Aristokrat and Bertch cabinets, Pergo floors, Cambria countertops and Perrin and Rowe sinks and faucets.
A leader in industry innovation, Shore Lumber offers Superior Walls by Weaver Precast. The concept features poured concrete walls for basements and foundations that are premade according to plans and delivered on site and positioned in place via cranes. According to Bob, the system is not only faster, but also more stable than traditional cinder block foundations. “It’s really fascinating to watch and to see how fast installation occurs,” says Bob of the revolutionary design. “In a day you can drop them in and start framing up,” he adds. On their website, Superior Walls claims to be green and environmentally sustainable. “They are the only one in the business that extends a fifteen year no leak guarantee,” notes Mr. Cronshaw.
As a retail lumber yard, Shore Lumber caters to both contractors and the public. They have an established relationship with a number of trustworthy contractors and are happy to make recommendations for the installation of their products.
In their impressive showroom, clients can view displays of kitchen and bath options and choose from samples of tiles, countertops, flooring and more. Catie provides design services to help the client plan their kitchen or bath and visualize their dream. “We hold customer’s hands through getting blueprints drawn and until the finished product,” says Bob, reiterating Shore Lumber’s trademark emphasis on unparalleled customer service. Shore Lumber and Millwork is located at 205 Glendale Avenue in Centreville. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:30am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-noon. Phone: 410-758-8466 or visit online at: www.shorelumber.com