Norwich Victorian Terrace Porch: Hand made Hardwood doors and Bespoke Casement windows.

CLIENT BRIEF: 

To sympathetically enclose a Victorian Canopy porch in a conservation area, creating extra space for storage and an entrance hall area to a terraced home suitable for coats, hats, shoes and push chair. To roughly match the design to an adjoining terraced property to create a uniform feel to the work carried out.

WORK CARRIED OUT: 

The work carried out involved creating a hand made hardwood door, two casement windows, brickwork and panelling work to the exterior with the creation of a coat rack to the interior mounted on a panel.

The door was made as an exact copy of other exterior doors already present in the row of terraced houses in the conservation area of Trowse on the edge of Norwich. This was done by copying mouldings of the other doors present in the terrace and constructing the door from hardwood (Oroko) using a mortice and tenon construction. The sill of the door was also made from treated hard wood for extra durability. Traditional styled door furniture and several locks were incorporated into the doors design for extra security.

The casement windows were constructed of premium redwood pine and included cast iron pigs tail window stays to the interior which were made to match the design of the coat and hat hooks which were also made of cast iron. The coat and hat hooks were hung on a fruitwood Victorian style moulding to the interior of the porch.

The porch was further enclosed by using Waveney Red bricks again sympathetic to those used in the construction of the property itself.

SPECIFIC TECHNIQUES EMPLOYED:

High grade softwood is essential to the quality of construction and longevity of a good window and we usually supply windows primed and treated.  Mortice and tenon construction is employed as this allows for natural expansion and shrinking of wood without the joints within the construction deteriorating. When a break in a joint occurs this allows the ingress of water and rot begins so it is important to create a solid joint when making big grade softwood windows and hardwood doors. Wedged mortice and tenon construction is only found in hand produced windows, doors and other joinery.

 

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