Victorian Terrace House Front Door Replacement

Client Brief: 

To make a Victorian style door with fine detailing and to install this in a Victorian terraced house.

Requests to create Victorian styled doors for Victorian terraced houses are quite common. This is because period terraced houses often have non standard size door apertures making it difficult to find a standard door to fit without having to first cut it to the correct size. The practice of cutting standard sized doors to fit the size of the aperture is never a good practise as it weakens doors that need to be inherently strong.

Work carried out: 

We build solid hardwood doors in a style to enhance the original character of the house and blend in with neighbouring homes.

This door had etched patterned glass to the top panels and has traditional raised panels to the lower half of the door and is made with large mid and bottom rails to match an original design. The door frame was fully restored thus saving it from being ripped out and replaced with PVC.

We used a heat gun and paint stripper to prepare the frame. The frame had 5 coats of finish in total. We also used an aluminium primer on the door to help protect the door from exposure to the sun during the summer months.

Techniques Employed: 

The door was made by us using traditional wedged mortice Tenon construction, with a single lambs tongue moulded shape being used to create an attractive surround to the glass and raised panels.
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