How did the business start? My father started it in 2007 to fill the need for a high quality architectural and custom millwork shop in Louisiana.

What’s unique about Northshore Millwork? We use machines from the 1800s and early 1900s because of their high precision and accuracy.

What do your customers say about you? We have a reputation for the highest finish and quality craftsmanship in the area.

Tell us one of your secrets? We grind our own knives to make custom base and crown moulding for historic renovations.

What do you spend most of your day doing? We custom design kitchens, bathrooms and built-ins, and provide design services with full architectural drawings.

Is most of your work in the French Quarter? We work in the Quarter, Uptown, Lakeview and on the Northshore.

What kind of wood do you use? We build specialized items that our clients cannot find anywhere else. We have over $1 million in inventory, including popular local woods such as pecky, sinker and antique cypress; we also offer exotic species like bloodwood and Sapele.

What advice would you give to someone about to remodel? Go for quality, it lasts. You don’t want to replace cabinetry in two or three years because of a failed finish, poor installation, corners splitting, shelves or doors sagging or drawers not opening properly.

What are the current trends? Simple Shaker-style gray, cream and white glazed cabinetry and custom-built closets.

Northshore Millwork, 1750 S. Lane #2, Mandeville, (985) 867-1813,