Architectural Joinery


The terms cabinetmaking and joinery are used interchangeably in Australia but is there actually a difference? Well, cabinetmaking and joinery are in fact two different trades where joinery is a specialised process to connect wood with a minimum of mechanical fastenings (nails & screws) and is far more commonly used in pieces of high aesthetic value, when fixings should not be visible. 

Cabinetmakers are more directly involved with the manufacture of storage componentry and cabinets and strength efficiency are valued, meaning that more mechanical fasteners are used. By and large, however, these two trades have overlapped in modern times with improvements and adoption of new technologies so these days cabinetmaker and joiner have come to mean the same tradesperson. 

What is Architectural Joinery?

As the name suggests, architectural joinery has to do with the nature and form of building more so than its function, although it still needs to be a working, lived-with piece. Typically, architectural joinery is the feature of a room or area, be it in the form of wall panelling, doors, windows, staircases, balustrades, cabinets, and other interior or exterior features.
Architectural joinery is specified by an architect or interior designer in their scope of works and schedule of finishes. This type of joinery takes a specialist craftsman to design, build, and install.

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Choosing An Architectural Joiner

Architectural joinery should not be undertaken by just any cabinet maker or joiner. As mentioned previously, architectural joinery requires specialist cabinet-making and joinery skillsets that are only mastered with many years of experience.

Architectural joinery is one of Arete Joinery’s specialties with more than 70 years of combined experience and a broad set of skills across carpentry, joinery, cabinet-making, and shopfitting, we are the ideal choice to assist with your architectural joinery requirements.

Our factory is conveniently located in Northgate, Brisbane meaning that we are both easy to visit for a design consultation and our close proximity to the major thoroughfares means that our getting to site in full and on time can be depended on.

Contact us today to discuss your architectural joinery needs at (07) 3555-5139

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