Victorian Front Doors: Replica Installation

Client Brief:

To create an exact replica Victorian front doors frame and the door itself. To include an existing stained glass window in the design, which was refurbished by Neil Forkes of Forkes Stained Glass. To rectify some damp issues at the threshold of the property.

Work Carried Out: 

Removal of the existing door and frame. Wall repairs were made, a complete damp course was put in and other water proofing techniques were employed to prevent any recurrent damp issues affecting the property. All wooden components including the door and frame were made using solid wood Douglas fir* and the threshold was made out of solid European oak. Once the door and frame were installed all remedial work was carried out, patching, plaster work and internal trim decoration, all work including manufacture and installation except for the stained glass repairs were carried out by Sayerwood Joinery.

Techniques Employed:

Traditional mortice and Tenon construction was used as a main technique in the construction of the door. Weather seals were incorporated into the frame. Two identical patterns were taken of the original stained glass for use by Forks’ stained glass for the glass repair and for Sayerwood joinery to create the exact opening aperture for this glass unit so that both glass panel and door would match perfectly. For the treatment of all the wooden components 3 coats of Osmo UV protection lightwood oil was applied.  A rim lock was used on the transom mid-rail so as to not cut into the Tenon’s. A 5-lever British standard high security mortice deadlock was used as a main lock, this was manufactured by Union.

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