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The aesthetic appeal of wooden windows and doors is back in favour. The use of high-quality timbers, combined with protective finishes provides an enviable style which has been shown to increase the desirability of a property.
With a little maintenance every year or two, wooden windows and doors can outlast uPVC alternatives by many years. As such, they offer a cost-effective option. What’s more, as we become increasingly aware of the build-up of plastic products, wooden windows and doors offer a viable alternative in a sustainable material.
Timber and Sustainability
Not all wood is sustainably sourced. Whilst much of Europe’s timber supplies come from responsibly managed forests where the stock is replenished, this isn’t standard practice across the world. The global demand for timber has resulted in a considerable number of tree species becoming endangered.
If you are looking to install wooden windows and doors, you can take a few steps to ensure that your purchase is not causing irreversible damage to the environment:
1. Existing wooden doors and window frames can often be repaired and restored. Before you invest in replacements, ask an experienced joiner to inspect the condition of the timber and let you know whether they can be given a second lease of life.
2. Consider buying reclaimed solid wood doors. They may also need a little work to bring back their former glory, but recycling reduces the demand for virgin timbers.
3. If you are commissioning wooden windows and doors, be sure to ask about where the timbers are sourced and which soft or hardwoods will be used. Only opt for trusted suppliers.
4. Follow the care advice provided by the manufacturer. With a little regular maintenance, your wooden windows and doors can offer long term performance. This gives you long term value and saves you the cost of repairs or replacement. It also helps to protect the environment.
We love using a variety of timbers, but stick to those which aren’t endangered. The soft woods we work with are Redwood Pine and Larch. For hard woods, we opt for European Oak, Sapele, Iroko, Idigbo and Eucalyptus. We want to ensure that future generations can get as much pleasure from working with wood as we do.
Our engineered timber front doors are created from a combination of European Oak, Eucalyptus and Sapele. As engineered wood can be created with considerably less waste than a solid block of wood, this is the most sustainable option. It is also recommended as a strong, stable and resilient material.
If you have a specific wood in mind, we are happy to advise on its suitability for your project. If viable, we may be able to source the timber. We would avoid any endangered options, including Kapur, Seraya, Curjan and Mersawa wood.
If you have any questions about timbers or wooden windows and doors, please get in touch with Hinson Custom Made on 01908 516333.
As creators of bespoke wooden doors, we love the opportunity to work on more unusual projects. We’ve created over-sized wooden doors for a grand entrance or petite wooden doors for a country cottage, along with embellishing details.
We are also interested in spotting unique examples of wooden doors. If you are heading into London, there are five wooden doors that you might like to visit for inspiration.
Wooden Doors Depicting Local History
The mahogany doors of 32 Cornhill are made up of 8 panels. Each has been carved to depict a scene of local history. Take a close look at famous authors, tales of sorcery and a gathering in an 18th Century coffee house.
The elaborate entrance to the Cornhill Insurance Company was designed by Bernard Philip Arnold and carved by Walter Gilbert. Walter was a prominent figure of the Arts and Crafts movement. He is best known for creating the gates of Buckingham Palace. We love the craftsmanship in these carved wooden doors.
The Entrance to the Natural History Museum
Thousands of visitors flood through this doorway every day, but I doubt that many take note of this grand entrance. In truth, the wooden doors are large, yet relatively plain. What makes them stand out is the carved stone surround. On close inspection, it is possible to delight in a variety of creatures. These include monkeys, tigers and bears, all watching those enthusiastic visitors make their way into the South Kensington museum. If you head inside, you will discover plenty of other architectural detailing which adds to the magic of this building.
Best Known Wooden Door
Probably the best-known wooden door in London is the original back door to 10 Downing Street. In 1991, this was replaced by a reinforced steel replica. The original has been put on display in the Churchill Museum.
Unusual Decoration of a Wooden Door
We know that metal embellishment of wooden doors is not uncommon, but there is an unusual example in Moorgate. Oliver House is a disused office, but for many years the wooden doors have been completely covered in copper coins. We’re not certain of the reason but it seems to delight, amuse and confuse many passers-by.
The Oldest Wooden Door
Carbon dating has identified that the carved oak door of Chapter House in Westminster Abbey dates back to around 1015AD. This is believed to be one of the oldest surviving doors in Britain. If you have ever wondered whether wooden doors were durable and long lasting, here is the proof!
This historic door is still in-situ. It is not particularly elaborate however, you can look up and be impressed by the windows, or head to the High Altar to see a fantastic example of a geometrical mosaic that dates back to the mid-1200s.
If you are looking for bespoke wooden doors, get in touch with Hinson Custom Made on 01908 516333. We can create made-to-measure front doors, double doors and bi-folding patio doors. One of the more unusual requests was for a hidden door!
Timber framed windows and wooden front doors are regaining status in contemporary architecture.
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