It’s not always plain sailing. Sometimes there are frustrations but it’s always worth it. There’s a story behind every door.

image – Jessica from left

Jessica was offered an original 1930’s door by a builder (working on a modern wraparound extension) round the corner to her 1930’s house in Didsbury.

image – old jessica

‘Great’ she thought, ‘this would be the exact style of door that was in our house when it was built.’

She called me and asked me to make her a frame for it and replace the scruffy composite door that was fitted just a few years ago (before her and Andrew moved in).

When the frame was made we realised that the door was twisted. A shame as we’d already spent a day restoring the door.

image – new shelf in jessica on bench

We made a replica and used the shelf from the front of the original so it might adopt some of it’s charming character.

image – jessica primed in frame

I spent about a day in total just getting the design of the glazing right and to Jessica & Andrew’s taste.

image – jessica light

Of course I used the original door glass (traditional stained glass) to design something for the door then pinched some aspect for the sidelights, matching the colours with film that is used in the process of making up the toughened double glazed units.

image – jessica whole

Eventually, it’s ready. It’s been a long process but I’m thrilled with the final outcome. 5 minutes after I left today Jessica was expecting a dozen toddlers and their parents for a hallowe’en party. Maybe I should have left some cards in the hallway!

Please let me know what you think in the comment box below.

If you would like us to make you a replica of an original door, restore your beloved front door or make a new one in one of the endless styles gifted to us over the centuries please go to the website to check out what I do and send me a message.

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