Like many modern joinery companies, a large portion of our business comprises internal and external doors. The explosive growth of cheap, imported doors has not lead to a decline in this business, as many of our doors are created to novel, and sometimes eccentric, project briefs. Just a few of the, literally, hundreds of doors that we’ve created in the last thirty years are displayed on these pages: in short, almost any size, shape, or design can be accommodated. It’s to note that the majority of those shown here are external doors; nevertheless, our doors should sit nicely in any room in your house: construction differs only due to structural or aesthetic constraints.
Traditionally, Mid-Sussex properties embrace the local Oak timber; consequently, our clientele often follow suit. We have exhibited, in the surrounding photos, a variety of features that can be integrated into most doors, including: simple ledged and braced; large ornate entrance; or Gothic-style doors.
Whilst Oak is the long-established timber of choice, much of that which we use is imported from the large forests of Western Europe, especially in France’s ‘Massif Central’ region. The planks sourced from these deep-rooted woodlands bear some excellent quality timber, in much longer and wider planks than can be found anywhere in the United Kingdom; for this reason, it is often more environmentally-friendly to utilise these abundant reserves. The importers that we use are subjected to strict controls, delivering only kiln- (5cm thick) and air-dried (5cm & 10cm thick) boards. We are, of course, happy to supply English Oak, when requested.
External-facing doors are distinct from those found in the interior of ones house, in that only the most hardy species can be used. Iroko, a less expensive cousin of Oak; Sapele, a sub-species of Mahogany; or Pine are often used. Unsorted Redwood can be sourced; however, this often produces undesirable results as, when not correctly maintained, it is susceptible to movement and rotting.
As previously mentioned, internal doors can be constructed from a much larger range of timber, as they are not required to be as durable: these include Ash, Maple, and Cherry, having become increasingly popular due to their distinctive lighter colour. A personal favourite is Douglas Fir, due to its excellent stability and pleasant hue; this popular option, predominant in the mid-twentieth century, has now become particularly fashionable, especially when quarter-sawn.
Glazing can, of course, be a major part of any door, often enhancing the overall appearance. Period properties often embrace either ‘leaded light’, ‘bullseye’, or ‘bevelled’ glazing; despite this, these must comply with strict regulations, which require 24mm double glazed safety glass that is treated to become non-reflective. A fresh take on the classical ‘sand blasted’ form is to marry this with forms more often found in nature; a beautiful example is the sinusoidal waveform of a Whale’s mating call.
To maintain the cherished appearance in many listed doors, a wide array of glass styles are available. For instance, blown glass can be provided with a spectrum of purposeful faults and air pockets - using traditional methods; subsequently, this can be incorporated into ‘leaded light’ panes.
A close relationship with local ironmongers and craftsman - such as Clayton Munroe, Jim Lawrence, and Frank Allard - has allowed us to provide a unique variety of hand-made ‘Ironmongery’ from materials such as wrought iron, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, marble, wood, or, even, leather.
The term ‘Ironmongery’ refers to much more than just door-handles: from door-knobs to period espangolettes, your household security is always at the forefront of our mind.
The garage door is an essential, but often overlooked, element of any property’s image. Here, a range of straining methods have produced quite different effects; equally, cast- or wrought-iron ironmongery can create a wholly different character. Take a look at the escutcheon plates in our project gallery.