This front door to a beautiful home was in need of major refinishing after 26 years in the elements. The entire door was dismantled and rebuilt with new larger glass and this custom decorative iron insert.
Custon Iron Insert
Makes This Front Entrance Door a Work of Art
This photo shows the front door before the complete rebuild
The web gallery photos show the progression of a complete rebuild of the front door on a wonderful high-end home near Milwaukee, WI.
The front door is over 26 years old and had weathered and cracked. The homeowner wanted more light to enter the north facing entrance of the house and a better view while looking out the door. Once an agreement and design was finalized, the crew at Wisconsin Iron Works, along with our trusted associate contractors got to work to complete the job in just 35 days.
The old door was removed and a temporary plywood door was installed and sealed against the elements. The original art glass was removed without breakage and returned to the homeowner. The center door panels and frame was also removed carefully, leaving just the outer frame members
After sanding and repair of all cracks and damaged trim pieces, the solid maple frame was stained, two-tone. A light yellow color was used on the inside and dark red-brown color on the outside. Many color coats were blended to give the wood grain some extra pop. Each side of the door was then topped by 12 coats of Valspar marine varnish.
All the brass hardware was blasted, cleaned, polished and clear coated for the bright brass look on the interior of the home. The exterior hardware and decorative iron insert was powder coated with a special UV protected bronze/brown color.
The iron window insert design was created by the homeowner, who also provided a scale drawing to work from. A full size template was made from a CAD drawing for the parts that were to be laser cut, assembled and welded. A key design element, the fleur-de-lis, was double cut and assembled to create a 3D standout effect. The entire steel insert was cut from ¼ inch plate, which allowed for great structural strength without adding a lot of extra weight to the finished door. Once everything was put together and finished the unit was drilled and screwed to the doorframe. We used fine thread screws that make any removal attempt difficult.
Special argon filled, UV protected, tempered glass, over a half inch thick was custom cut and installed by our glass contractor. Then all new wood trim pieces were inserted and nailed in place. Any other parts and screws that were damaged or worn were replaced with new hardware.
The new door was installed and leveled to swing smoothly on site and weighed just a few pounds more than the original door. This saved time and money not spent on reinforcing the doorframe.
The finished product pleased the client very much because this carefully planned project exceeded their expectations and was done on time and within budget. Costs for the completed project came in at less than $6,500. Other quotes obtained by the client ranged from $10,000 to $15,000.
Here is the full scale drawing and template along side the laser cut steel frame of the door insert.
The rebuilt door and decorative iron laser cut, design makes this home's front entrance a real work of art. The completed project adds value and good looks to this french county style house.